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Oki C110 review

Kat Orphanides
13 Apr 2010
Oki C110 colour laser printer
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
113
inc VAT

The C110 would have been our first choice for a budget colour laser if it weren't for Oki's inordinately low recommended monthly usage figures.

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Specifications

four-pass colour laser, 19ppm print speed, USB, 275x396x380mm

Oki's C110 is a particularly inexpensive compact colour laser printer. Its specs are as modest as its price, with just a USB port, 200 sheet input tray and a conspicuously low 2,500 page maximum duty cycle – Oki recommends printing no more than 250 pages per month on a regular basis. It's small enough to fit on most desks, although it's a little noisy. Oki explicitly states that envelopes should not be used in this printer. Although lasers tend not to be best suited to envelope printing, as they heat the glue used, this warning is particularly unusual.

Installing the C110 should have been easy. Everything went without a hitch until we actually tried to print something. The driver defaults to printing on Letter sized paper, and refused to print, even when we changed the properties of our print job to A4. We solved the problem by going to the main Properties screen for the device in Windows' Printers options and changing the paper size there.

Once we'd got it working, there was little fault with the C110. It uses LED rather than traditional laser technology to transfer your page image on to the OPC drum, but this has no detrimental effect on print quality. Mono text is remarkably sharp even at small font sizes, while colour illustrations and photographs were all accurately coloured and free of banding or graininess. Print speeds were a very respectable 17ppm mono and 4.7ppm colour.

Its page costs are surprisingly low, at 2.4p per mono page, 9.2p per colour page and a total mixed-colour print cost of 11.6p. This is fantastic for a laser printer that costs just over £100. There aren't any hidden consumables, so all you have to buy are fresh 1,500 or 2,500 page toner cartridges.

If you buy high yield cartridges, you can expect to pay a total of just £424 over three years of light use. That's a total of 2,400 mono and 1,200 colour pages over the entire period; 67 mono and 33 colour pages monthly. Unfortunately, this is much more expensive than similarly priced colour lasers from Samsung and Canon. We started seeing advantages when we calculated its TCO for medium use of 500 mono and 250 colour pages, at £1,457. However, as this page count exceeds Oki's recommended 250 pages per month, we advise against buying the C110 for this level of use.

The C110 isn't up to the sort of high-volume printing that many laser devices are called up to perform, but it's great if you want to buy a personal colour laser for your small or home office without putting yourself out of pocket. If you need fast, inexpensive and pin-sharp mono text in a low-yield environment, and sometimes want the polish of vivid colour for your business documents, it's a decent budget option, despite irritating driver defaults and a lack of support for envelope printing.

Unfortunately, the real deciding factor is Oki's own recommended usage figures, which indicate that the C110 isn't up to the workload at which it would be the best value printer. Because of this, Samsung's CLP-315 is the best bet for low-yield users.

Basic Specifications

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Maximum native print resolution600x600dpi
Maximum enhanced print resolution1,200x600dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A419ppm
Quoted speed, colour A45ppm

Tested Speeds

Mono page from sleep time 1.027s
Colour page from sleep time 1.039s
Time for two 10x8in photos 1.058s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.059s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size275x396x380mm
Weight14.4kg
Noise (in normal use)51dB(A)
Duty cycle2,500 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4
Maximum paper weight209gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity200
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity200
Duplex (code, cost if option)No

General

Printer technologyfour-pass colour laser
Language(s)host-based
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP 32-bit/XP 64-bit/Vista/Vista 64-bit/7 32-bit/7 64-bit
Standard printer memory16MB
Maximum printer memory16MB
Other laser features and optionsnone

Buying Information

Price£113
Price of 2nd paper cassetteN/A
Capacity of supplied black toner500 pages
Capacity of supplied colour toners500 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s)45,000 mono/11,250 colour pages
Estimated colour TCO - three years medium£1457
Estimated colour TCO - three years heavy£5686
Warrantyone year onsite (with free two year extension if registered within 30 days of purchase)
Supplierhttp://www.printerbase.co.uk
Detailswww.oki.co.uk
Consumable parts and prices1,500 page yellow toner (44250717), £61; 1,500 page magenta toner(44250718), £61; 1,500 page cyan toner(44250719), £61; 2,500 page yellow toner (44250721), £77; 2,500 page magenta toner(44250722), £77; 2,500 page black toner (44250724), £60

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.058s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.059s