Toshiba E-Studio 233 Review
With top of the line hardware options such as the Toshiba eCopy ScanStation OP that adds an entire QWERTY keyboard and monitor to this copy machine, the Toshiba E-Studio 233 is built to meet and exceed any copy, print, and fax demand for individuals and entire offices alike.
The Toshiba E-Studio 233 is a 74,000 copy per month professional level device. This semi high volume printer is designed with the user in mind and is as user friendly as it gets when it comes to both setup and operation. It copies in quantities of up to 999 and stores up to 40 GBs of personal data on board. There are so many features that shout, “User friendly,” that novices should take extra notice to this Toshiba.
When it comes to paper storage, the Toshiba E-Studio 233 is up to par. Its 100 sheet multi purpose bypass tray complements its sufficient 1,100 standard paper storage supply that is split in half into two 550 sheet trays. One additional standard tray can be added to the hardware set as well as a 550 sheet PFP and a 2,500 sheet large capacity feeder. Additional trays, along with other hardware add ons, will make the device taller and larger, but this floor standing unit is designed to be aesthetic and efficient in its use of space.
Its base weight is 165 pounds, making it a definite two man job to move, but its dimensions are reasonable. Its copy functions are extremely extensive and include all the basics, such as reduction and enlargement, along with plenty of intuitive, cutting edge options such as security and job reservation.
Lets not forget the full set of fax functions that the Toshiba E-Studio 233 is capable of executing thanks to its Super G3 modem. With transmission speeds running at an acceptable 3 seconds per page, the unit can receive up to 120 MBs worth of fax data into its reception storage without ever printing a page. This is perfect for receiving faxes while the print and scan hardware of the device is currently in use.
The Toshiba E-Studio 233’s extremely comparatively sluggish 23 page per minute print and copy speeds are sure to leave users guessing. An otherwise completely well rounded, well thought out device, the unit doesn’t just fall slightly short in the speed category, it completely fails. A unit of this magnitude should simply have more power, and the device is not without a few other nitpicky quirks as well.
This 2008 copy machine is far from obsolete, but is starting to slide back from its top of the line status. Its optical scan resolution is a pitiful 600 x 600 dots per inch (also selectable to 150, 200, 300, and 400 dots per inch), making its copy quality the absolute bare minimum for any laser device including desktop units.
The once very impressive Toshiba E-Studio 233 is probably past its prime. That being said, its possible that the right second hand purchase of one of these machines could be a good buy.