OkiData C7200 Review
A formerly high end color LED printer and copier designed for the small to moderate workgroup environment, the OkiData C7200's feature set is largely dwarfed by many newer models, all of which deliver faster prints and supply many more options through which one can better define their printing experience. Most users will likely want to consider a newer, more refined version of this printer over this one, or an MFP with a larger copier.
The C7200 measures a typical 16.9" by 24.4" by 16.9" and weighs a relatively heavy 105 lbs, making it large enough to merit placement on a dedicated cabinet or credenza, though it would likely fit on a table or desktop if necessary. The additional copier unit measures 18" by 14" by 3.6" and weighs 8.1 lbs, while the automatic document feeder measures 17.55" by 11.57" by 4.27" and weighs 2.42 lbs.
The printer produces sheets at maximum speeds of 20 pages per minute in black and white and 12 pages per minute in color, offering a maximum resolution printout of 1200 by 600 dpi, consistent with most models like this one.
When functioning as a copier, the C7200 produces documents at a maximum resolution of 600 by 600 dpi and an enhanced resolution of 9600 by 9600 dpi, with scan speeds of 2 pages per minute in color and 10 pages per minute in black and white and a zoom range between 25% and 400%, scalable in 1% increments. It includes a 7-level density and color intensity control as well as background removal and quantity selection up to 99 copies.
The copier includes an automatic document feeder capable of processing up to 25 letter-sized sheets at a time; the printer includes a 530 sheet letter, legal, and universal-compatible paper tray as well as a 100 multi-sheet manual feed capable of processing transparencies and mailing label stock. Two additional 530-sheet paper trays are available as add-ons, bringing the printer's total capacity to 1690 sheets, well over three reams of paper and far more than most small offices go through on a daily basis. Duplex printing is available as an optional add-on.
To ensure accurate document reproduction, the printer includes support for PCL 5c and Adobe PostScript 3 fonts through emulation, with 45 PCL fonts and 136 PostScript fonts included alongside LPD, OCR-A, and OCR-B bitmap typefaces.
The OkiData C7200 ships with 64 MB of RAM in its standard configuration, though this can be upgrade to 1 GB if desired by installing 128 MB, 256 MB, or 512 MB DIMM modules. A 5GB hard drive unit is also available for data storage and to make other administrative options available. The printer also includes 2 MB of flash memory.
The C7200 interfaces with devices via either IEEE 1284 parallel or USB, with network support available as an add-on by installing an OkiLAN 6200e print server. Supported network platforms include Windows, Apple Ethertalk, and Novell Netware.
While a basic speed of 20 pages per minute was standard for many years, newer desktop laser printers offer speeds upwards of 28-34 pages per minute in black and white and 25-30 pages per minute in color, upwards of three times faster than the C7200.
Many newer printers offer integrated print servers as a standard option, rather than one that needs to be installed as an add-on. Users looking to use this as a networked printer will likely want to consider a newer model over this one both for the convenience of faster prints and to avoid the tedium of finding a suitable print server for this model.