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fine printing but toners costs twice as Samsung's
on 9 April 2014
for printing quality I would give it 5 stars. almost as sharp and glossy as the Xerox hot wax printers.
The printer comes with semi-filled cartridges that can NOT be refilled (they are missing the security chip) .
the starter cartridges will hold approximately 70 pages of intense picture printing (or 350 pages of not so intense)
for that I removed 1 star.
after that you need to purchase a new cartridge set (which costs more than a new printer of course).
I remove 1 stars, since the price of the cartridge (lets take for example black) : for 2200 pages you pay almost double the price of a Samsung laser similar level printer cartridge (Samsung holds a 1500 pages cartridge)
The whole point of using a laser printer is to lower the cost per page and this OKI printer doesn't excel in that area.
Furthermore, compared to a Samsung CLP-660ND laser printer, for example ,
you need to replace OKI drum unit too (every 20,000 pages) on top of replacing the toners. Samsung has no need to replace drums. it is integrated in the cartridge which is already cheaper as I mentioned before.
The printer does not support PCL or postscript which are today's standard, therefore targeted mainly for Windows (although Linux & MacOSX drivers are available too).
The image processing is done in OS memory and sent via propriety protocol to the printer (a.k.a GDI printer).
Nevertheless, using open source driver , you can compile a driver and use it in Ubuntu as well.
If you need standard printing protocols, add 30$ and buy the next model: C321dn
for that I removed 1 star.
adding 0.5 star since this printer continue to print even when low toner warning is on (some printers simply stop at that moment))
it has menu setting which can override this warning. However, when the toner gets worse it will stop all printing and write "toner empty". by then you are forced to change the toner/chip.
Even if only one color toner is empty - its enough to stop the printer. you can't use the printer until you replace that color (but I think this is common in many color printers, even ink-jets)
If you got really got hand in electronics your can see in youtube how to weld a reset button kit which can override everything...but that's hardcore.
update: 3 months later: with the foo2hiperc.rkkda.com open source linux driver I am able to print text documents very well but : the driver supports only uncompressed mode (meaning very large prints might be denied)
and (most important) the Linux color matching is bad , just doesn't look as great as in Windows XP. I tried to play from all kinds of driver ICM profiles and parameters, so far no luck.
update 4: even though the color matching in linux is not optimal, I found this printer environmental friendly.
for the starter toners: you can purchase an end cap to put a chip on them (so they become eventually refillable). this is so much more environmental friendly than tossing them to the garbage.
for example look here at site farbtoner dot com for starter toner chip holder cap.
Also : compared to Samsung toner : since the toner is not combined with the drum it is so easy to refill it (only two clicks and you got it open).same goes for the chip replacement.
Many Samsung toners require several parts to open until you get to the toner refill hole.
Like Samsung :each toner is protected by a security chip which also acts as page counter. Each chip has a region embedded (for example: Japan, EU, North America, etc).
This printer motherboard has a region security mechanism. Printer that was purchased in Japan will accept only Japan encoded Toners (chip). Toner may have different part number (use different security chip) although their plastic body is exactly the same.
I tried to buy a compatible toner which gave me region error (LCD:call service 231 error 01).
I believe many Chinese manufacturers make a good set of compatible toners ,but 99% of them is for EU region.
I really hate that OKI has its chip security like the old DVD zone security. Europe printers will accept only EU targeted chips. Asia and north America has their region.
For example: Egypt,Israel or Jordan are encoded with EMEA code, not compatible with EU printers.
be sure to order the right toner for your printer region.
When you buy compatible (either toner or refill powder), bare in mind there is glossy powder and mat powder. each will give slightly different output.
WiFi : out of the box this printer doesn't come with WiFi network adapter. Some user claimed he was able to connect it to some printing server which expose it as a wifi device. Never tried it , but if someone can list the printer server device model - it would be a nice addon.