Toshiba e-Studio 162 Review
Toshiba e-Studio 162 is a compact economical package which provides outstanding print, copy, fax and scan capabilities. It effortlessly handles the unprecedented document processing from one convenient central location making it an overall office productivity boost. It is designed to significantly provide a lower Total Cost of Ownership than owning four separate printer, copier, fax and scanner devices. The design and size should complement every PC and surely fits anywhere in a space-limited work area. Toshiba e-Studio 162 is in box-like resemblance styled in cream color coupled with some simple and smart lines that heightens its individuality. On top of all the cream color that’s covering it is a dark gray panel at the front most top with several useful highlights in it including the buttons for basic functions such as for initiating and terminating print, copy or scan actions.
With the 200 MHz processor along with the 64 MB memory (expandable to 320 MB), e-Studio 162 takes your printing needs at a decent printing speed of 16 PPM (pages per minute) under a 600 x 600 DPI resolution.
A stable performance of e-Studio 162 is endured even at large volume of printing needs with it claiming to have a maximum monthly copy volume of 15,000. It is associated with a standard 300-sheet paper capacity given by the 250-sheet paper drawer and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray best for handling special media types such as transparencies and labels. The copy speed is respectable at 16 CPM (copies per minute) with a warm-up time and first copy out time of 30 seconds and 9.6 seconds respectively. For added functionality, it enables multiple copying of up to 99 copies with a zooming ratio of 25% to 400%.
Scanning feature is TWAIN-compatible offering a resolution of 600 x 1,200 DPI of full-color scanning at 12 PPM speed. Scan-to-email, scan-to-desktop and scan-to-FTP is as well provided by the scan system of e-Studio 162. For a rush fax needed to be sent, it does the transmission at an impressive speed of 3 seconds under a 600 x 600 DPI resolution. The fax system is super G3 compatible of 33.6 Kbps modem speed.
In a work environment, noise is an inhibiting factor of efficiency and so e-Studio 162 is made to not contribute to noise pollution or be a nuisance in a busy workplace with its noise level of 63 dB (A) when copying and 40 dB (A) when idling. And it can fit a space-limited work area since its non-bulky with dimensions of 20.4”W x 19.8”D x 11.7”H and mobility is of no hassle with its weight of 37 lbs.
Storage is also a major concern in aiding a small business but 32 MB HDD (Hard Disk Drive) as a shared storage media in e-Studio 162 is pretty low and it might not suffice storage needs compared to many similar device offering greater storage.
Operating system compatibility is also a hassle as by default, it is incompatible to newer operating systems namely Windows Vista and 7 since its compatibility are on operating systems prior to its release or in the case of Windows OS, its compatibility is only until Windows XP and so driver/s (if available, which may be found directly in the official manufacturer’s site) is/are needed to be downloaded and installed to be compatible with these newer operating systems.