Toshiba E-Studio 352 Review
With a lineup of possible add on hardware and built in features such as personal e filing, the Toshiba E-Studio 352 is a multifunctional center that is capable of handling all types of small office document processing needs. This 2006 model has seemingly barely aged a day with its hefty duty cycle and easy to use touch screen.
The Toshiba E-Studio 352’s greatest asset is its versatility. The unit can print, copy, and fax at a professional level, but its copy features are outstanding. A 120,000 copy per month duty cycle means that the unit can withstand almost any small office’s work demands, while its PM cycle and drum life are designed to match this figure exactly for convenience.
The unit warms up quick no matter what its intended operation is and can be ready to run after only 20 seconds. First copy out times of less than 4 seconds make the device great for quick, single page reproductions and enormous copy jobs alike. When intending to make copies of a large amount of input, the unit’s automatic document feeder is a lifesaver.
Multiple copies can be made from a single source in quantities of up to 999 at a time. Paper refill cycles will remain long with this machine thanks to a standard paper storage supply of 1,200 sheets that breaks down into two 550 sheet trays and an additional 100 sheet multi purpose bypass tray (for special media types). Additional storage options include a 550 sheet PFP, an additional standard 550 sheet cassette, and an extra large 2,500 sheet large capacity feeder.
While faxing is not the Toshiba E-Studio 352’s front running hardware function, it should be noted that a full and complete set of fax functions is incorporated into the device and are made possible by the unit’s Super G3 33.6 Kbps fax modem that helps the unit send and receive data at a rate of about 2 seconds per page. Users are not even required to deal in hard copies when using the fax line thanks to PC and Network fax functions.
When using the ADF, scan speeds can be as high as 50 originals per minute, making the unit easily one of the fastest scanners out there, even today. This speed is only attainable at lower quality settings, but the loss of performance at higher resolutions is minimal.
The Toshiba E-Studio 352’s 35 page per minute print speed is far from atrocious, but still cannot compete with some of the models Toshiba is putting out today in the same category. Its old age peeks through in various other areas of weakness as well such as limited reduction and enlargement ratios, a slightly heavy body, and an older looking touch screen.
Scanning is another area that leaves users scratching their head as far as why it is so limited. A 600 dot per inch maximum optical scan quality? That means that not only scans, but copies as well will be limited in their polish, and could look grainy under certain circumstances. Fortunately, the severely reduced price of the unit due to how old it is makes it a great buy even today.