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OKI C310DN review

Simon Handby
8 Dec 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
304
inc VAT

This is a swift and well-specified workgroup laser, but its colour prints aren't great, and their cost will add up in high-volume use

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Specifications

single-pass colour LED, 24ppm print speed, USB Hi-Speed, 10/100 Ethernet, 242x410x504mm

OKI's C310DN colour laser is aimed at small businesses and workgroups. As such, it's not the smallest of devices; weighing 22 kilos and taking up substantially more space than entry-level printers. It's well-specified, with a built-in duplexer, and there's a three-year warranty, though be sure to register your purchase to benefit.

More importantly this is a single-pass colour printer, where all four colours are laid down onto the page as it journeys once through the printer. Cheaper colour laser printers such as the Samsung CLP-315 review create a full-colour page by overlaying black, cyan, magenta and yellow images one after the other; usually this means they print in colour roughly as quarter as quickly as they do in black and white. The C310DN doesn't have that problem, and, according to OKI, will print 24 mono pages per minute (ppm) or 22ppm in colour.

OKI C310DN

In our tests, which include the time taken to process a print job, it was acceptably close to OKI's speed claims, with colour pages barely any slower than black-only ones. Printing on both sides unsurprisingly halved the speed, to 11 black pages per minute (ppm). Although it's not aimed at home users, the 310dn is fairly quiet – impressive given those quick print speeds.

It's shipped with its consumables already in place, so you don’t have to get to grips with how they fit straight away. With paper loaded into the 250-sheet main tray and a network cable clipped into the back, the printer is ready to roll. Installing the driver is a little more long-winded than we'd like, especially if you need to repeat the process on many network computers. It's straightforward, though, and leads to a wizard that lets you change the language of the printer's LCD display if needed.

OKI C310DN controls

While the C310DN prints quickly, the results are mixed. Black text was sharp and clear, but colour prints suffered from the same brownish bias that we've seen from other OKI colour lasers. This can suit some subjects, producing flattering skin tones, but it results in slightly dull business graphics. OKI's toners lend images a fairly rich sheen – it's a matter of taste whether you prefer this to more typically matte results.

Ultimately this is less of a concern than the printer's cost. Though well-equipped, it's significantly more expensive than entry-level models, and not greatly cheaper to run. At roughly £60, each colour toner is rated only for around 2,000 pages, meaning that even if you never need to replace the drum (20,000 pages), fuser or transfer belt (60,000 pages), each colour page still costs more than 9p.

It’s the higher than average per-page cost, combined with its less than vibrant graphics, that deter us from recommending the C310DN.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Maximum native print resolution1,200x600dpi
Maximum enhanced print resolution2,400dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A424ppm
Quoted speed, colour A422ppm

Tested Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.022s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.023s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB Hi-Speed, 10/100 Ethernet
Optional printer interfacesNone
Size242x410x504mm
Weight22.0kg
Noise (in normal use)52dB(A)
Duty cycle45,000 (mono/colour)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4, custom size up to 1,200mm
Maximum paper weight220gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity350
Maximum paper inputs3
Maximum paper input capacity880
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologysingle-pass colour LED
Language(s)host-based
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
Standard printer memory64MB
Maximum printer memory64MB
Other laser features and optionsNone

Buying Information

Price£304
Price of 2nd paper cassette£173
Capacity of supplied black toner3,500 pages
Capacity of supplied colour toners2,000 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s)20,000 (mono/colour)
Warrantythree years
Supplierhttp://www.morecomputers.com
Detailswww.oki.co.uk
Consumable parts and prices£93

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.022s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.023s