Toshiba BD-4560 Review
As a spruced up variation on Toshiba’s BD 3560 hardware, the Toshiba BD-4560 is equipped with an accelerated print and copy speed of 45 pages per minute along with all of the stock hardware and add on capabilities of the lower end unit. Overall, this more powerful version is a better overall value, though more recent units on the market today can best the device in their performance to dollar ratio.
Easily the most outstanding feature of the Toshiba BD 4560 is simply its raw overall speed. The device is capable of both printing and copying at a rate of up to 45 pages per minute, making it considerably faster than its lower end desktop all in one counterparts.
Like the desktop units on the market, the Toshiba BD 4560 utilizes a stationary platen glass copy style, but this device is compatible with Ledger and Tabloid style print material whereas the more compact desktop units are not. When printing to the larger formats, print speeds take a hit down to 24 pages per minute, which is still quite fast by any standard.
The unit’s first copy out time of a mere 3.3 seconds is quite literally almost unbeatable by any machine, even full sized copy machines, on the market. Cranking out a page of output this fast allows users who often use their copy machine for singe page reproductions to waste very little time getting their process done, though the device needs to be fully warmed up to achieve this copy speed.
When dealing with legal sized paper, users are able to use either the flip top platen glass or the built in automatic document feeder and can expect a print or copy speed of about 29 pages per minute. Those wishing to shell out a little extra coin for the reversing automatic document feeder option can take advantage of double sided scan capabilities that, when combined with the unit’s also optional duplex hardware, allows for fully automated double sided copying.
Many other hardware additions are available for customizing the Toshiba BD 4560 including additional paper storage trays and 10 and 20 bin sorters that can staple output automatically as well as separate it into different bins.
The main noticeable difference between the Toshiba BD 4560 and the 3560 is the unit’s size. With dimensions of 24 x 27 x 26 inches (W x D x H), the 4560 is a solid five inches taller than the slower 3560. It also weighs over 200 pounds, making it a very difficult unit to maneuver around the office. Also on the heavy side is the unit’s power consumption which can top out at a very demanding 1.5 Kw when in operation.
A maximum monthly duty volume of 70,000 pages is arguably more than enough for almost any small office, yet it is comparatively much less than the duty cycles of other machines it its category. This is due largely to the device’s age, which is to blame for the unit’s dated menu system and lack of more current features such as PictBridge compatibility.