Toshiba E-Studio 170F Review
Standing out as an impressive piece of equipment in what is now a dying market, the Toshiba E-Studio 170F is truly a modern fax machine that pays tribute to older style machines while incorporating a variety of very current multifunctional features. Opting to forgo the, now much more common, flatbed style for the old top feed setup, fans of a classic fax setup, including handset, will be impressed.
With no flatbed, the Toshiba E-Studio 170F operates exclusively by way of a large, 40 sheet automatic document feeder. It is powered by a Super G3 33.6 Kbps fax modem that transmits faxes at a rate of approximately 3 seconds per page. 7 MBs of memory are included for features such as fax number storage and page storage.
The unit is truly made for those who are simply more comfortable with a straight up fax machine than an MFC, and is ready to go as a stand up unit right out of the box. A standard USB interface allows it to hook to a host PC for printing and scanning and included software makes setup a little easier.
The drum and toner cartridge inside the machine are separated as they would be in a professional level unit, thus maximizing the life span of both. The unit is equipped with a very extensive set of dedicated keys that includes 38 one touch dialing keys that can be programmed for outgoing fax numbers.
Storage of up to 188 locations can be stored in the Toshiba E-Studio 170F’s dialer and 150 abbreviated/alphabet speed dialing numbers can be programmed as well so commonly communicated with recipients are easy to reach. Additional fax features include dual access, auto/manual contrast control, delayed transmission, error correction, and batching.
Expandability is limited for the core piece of hardware, but a 500 sheet additional paper cassette can be added to the unit. The device comes with a battery backup that is good for up to an hour if the device is ever unplugged to be moved or there is a power outage and lastly, it is important to recognize the very prominent handset present on the Toshiba E-Studio 170F. In an age where enormous corded handsets have long been traded away for empty phone ports that are rarely used, the 170F holds its ground and doubles as an all out corded telephone which is, for some, a very attractive feature.
Unfortunately there are quite a few drawbacks to having a top feed, older style fax machine. The Toshiba E-Studio 170F’s multifunctional abilities are limited. While it can execute a scan, there is no flatbed or document glass in this piece of hardware so copies and scans can not be done in the conventional way.
Printing can only be done at a speed of 17 pages per minute, which makes sense for a fax machine but is very disappointing when looking to find a facsimile that can double as a printer effectively. The Toshiba E-Studio 170F is certainly not all bad, but this 2005 model does fall into a niche market.