OkiData C7000 Review
The OkiData C7000 is a color copier with printing functionality intended for a workgroup environment, though ten years after its manufacture it shows considerable age in its speed and functionality, making it likely less desirable than a newer model which offers better performance and a smaller footprint, as well as more robust feature sets.
The C7000 is broken up into multiple components. Its printer measures 16.9" by 24.4" by 16.9" and weighs approximately 105 lbs, while its copier measures 18" by 14" by 3.6" and weighs approximately 8.1 lbs. The ADF measures 17.55" by 11.57" by 4.27" and weighs approximately 2.42 lbs, making the unit quite large and best suited to a dedicated piece of furniture, rather than a desktop or tabletop, such as a cabinet or a credenza.
The printer unit produces pages at 20 pages per minute in black and white and 12 pages per minute in color at a maximum resolution of 1200 by 600 dpi. While this was fine in 2001, many newer models offer almost equal speeds for both black and color printing in the 30-60 page per minute range.
The C7000 supports PCL 5C and Adobe PostScript 3 in emulation for easy document reproduction. It includes 45 PCL fonts, 136 Adobe PostScript fonts, and support for Line printer, OCR-A, and OCR-B bitmap typefaces.
The printer includes 64 MB of RAM, which can be expanded to 1 GB if desired. A 5 GB hard drive can also be installed if desired for document storage, another point where this models shows its age; many newer printers offer much, much larger drives if needed.
The C7000 interfaces with devices via either an IEEE-1284 parallel or USB port; the OkiLan 6200e 10/100 Base-T internal print server is available as an option on the C7200 and installed standard on the C7400n. Supported operating systems include Windows 2000 and ME, 9X, NT 4.0, Novell Netware, and Mac OS 9, though newer drivers exist for more modern operating systems.
The C7000's copier produces documents at a standard resolution of 600 by 600 dpi and an enhanced resolution of 9600 by 9600 dpi. Its scan speed is up to 2 pages per minutes in color and up to 10 pages per minute in black and white, and its zoom range is between 25% and 400% in 1% increments, with a quantity between 1 and 99 copies from the original to be specified when printing.
The copier includes a 25-document ADF as well as a 530 sheet letter, legal, or universal-ready paper tray and a 100 multi-sheet manual input capable of printing to overhead transparencies and label stock. A duplex unit is available as an add-on, as are additional 530-sheet paper trays to bring the printer's capacity up to 1690 sheets, well over three reams of paper and what most moderate workgroups go through on a daily basis.
The C7000 suffers from slow print times when compared to many newer models. Furthermore, the C7000 lacks scanner functions or an available fax add-on to turn the device into a fully-featured MFP, making it a difficult purchase to justify when compared to many newer models that offer smaller footprints and more features, as well as faster document production.
For a large-capacity printer, the C7000 lacks sophisticated paper handling options or the ability to install them, making it less convenient to use than a number of similar models for environments with heavy paper throughputs.
Finally, the printer does not include newer drivers for newer operating systems, meaning that users will need to likely find or source workarounds in order to ensure printer function into the future.