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OKI MC160MFP Review
The OKI MC160MFP is a low-end colour laser with many attractive standard features, including a 35-sheet automatic document feeder and dual-access, 33.6 Kbps Super G3 fax functionality.
The MC160 device has a black-and-white print speed of 20 pages per minute and delivers up 5 pages per minute when printing colour documents. The scanning feature allows users to scan documents directly to a memory stick via a USB port on the MC160 front panel. The software that comes with the MC160 includes Nuance PaperPort scanning and document management solution, which allows end users to save scanned documents as PDFs. Like other printer and copier vendors, Oki has set the costs high on its latest low-end colour electrophotography unit. The MC160 is one of the most expensive machines in its class to operate.
Setting it up can be a chore. If you’re a Windows 7 user, you should download some up-to-date drivers from Oki’s website. Unfortunately, they don’t come with their own installers, so you have to point Windows' own installer at the driver downloaded and unzipped. It works, but the process is a greater hassle than it should be. The printer does not even have emulated support for the PCL or PostScript page description languages. Instead, it has a GDI host-based driver. This will not be a problem for most users, but those who do a lot of layout or design work may prefer to look elsewhere. Something that does not suffer from any needless complication is the MC160’s on-board control panel and menu system. Both the navigation buttons and the menu structure are entirely clear and easy to use, whether you are sending a fax, scanning to a connected USB stick or configuring the printer’s network settings.
It also has a HTML interface for remote management and configuration, and this replicates the menu options for configuring everything, from default paper settings to the fax phone book. The MC160’s print quality is excellent, with prints having extremely precise colour reproduction and sharp text, even at small font sizes. Contrast was slightly poor on dark areas, but shading was generally smooth. It’s worth noting that colour printing is very slow, with the MC160n having a print speed of just 4.5ppm. Mono text is quick, at least, emerging at 17.6ppm. When it comes to costs, both mono and colour are fairly reasonable. The printer’s copy quality was not impressive however, which was fairly fast but rather murky and grainy in the case of both mono and colour copies.
The scanner driver feels dated. It is also confounding to find that it defaults to black and white mode. There aren’t many options available, but they cover the basics such as resolution and colour mode, but little else. There is also an auto-crop feature, but it does not seem to work. Its scan speed is quick and its scans are reasonably accurate, although some bright tones were somewhat subdued. Overall, the OKI MC160MFP is a decent personal laser MFP but lacks the bells and whistles of some of its rivals.
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- The OKI MC160MFP is manufactured by OKI and was added in December 2014 in the Multifunctions section
- This product has a rating of 3.5 out of 5
- The best price of the OKI MC160MFP in Canada is $18.00 at Amazon Canada
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
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