Savin 8016 Review
The Savin 8016 digital imaging system is designed to act as a solid center post for any office’s document handling needs. This floor standing unit comes with almost unmatched paper storage space and a wide variety of user friendly functions, including an optional network card.
Using a solid state element, dry process type of scanning, the Savin 8016 creates its copies at a resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch at 256 levels of gray. The device is capable of holding up to 350 sheets of paper in its standard configuration, but is highly expandable with many optional additional paper trays. The initial setup is broken into a 250 sheet regular Letter or Legal type tray and a 100 sheet multipurpose tray that is capable of feeding envelopes and other special media into the machine. With the wide selection of upgrades, the unit can potentially hold up to 1850 pages at once.
The Savin 8016 offers a respectable warm up time of only 15 seconds and a first copy out time of 6.5 seconds. While the machine’s page per minute print and copy speeds have fallen out of their top of the line position by far, the warm up and first page out times make it more than able to compete with current units when copying single pages.
While networking is only optional, a USB 2.0 port is included with ever unit, though the device could also function as a stand alone copy machine. Various other external interfaces that are optional include Firewire, a wireless hub, Bluetooth, and a parallel port. When connecting to a host PC or network, it doesn’t matter if you are using Windows, Mac OS, or Unix; the Savin 8016 is equipped to handle all three.
Faxing, while not standard, is an option for the device. A 33.6 Kbps Super G3 fax modem addition allows for users to send facsimiles at a rate of about 3 seconds per page. 3 MBs of additional memory is included in the fax package to accommodate for page data and phone book storage.
The device’s print speed of only 16 pages per minute place it very low on the totem pole when it comes to performance. While model upgrades allow the unit to squeeze an additional 5 pages per minute out of the hardware, 21 prints or copies per minute is still very slow by today’s standards.
While the unit’s output capacity of 250 sheets is sufficient for many workloads, the unit’s output storage tray is not upgradable as it is on some other models, meaning those who often print projects numbering in the thousands of pages will have to constantly monitor the printer. That being said, the unit is not necessarily the best machine on the market for extremely heavy duty jobs.
The unit is also limited by its display; suffering from a 2 digit quantity indicator that means continuous copies can be done in numbers maxing out at 99. This trivial limitation would certainly never be found in a more current copy machine, most of which have full color touch screens incorporated into their dedicated control setup.