Oki MC342dnw review

£384
Price when reviewed
Oki’s latest family of colour laser MFPs now include support for Apple’s AirPrint to extend remote print services to iPad, iPhone and iPod users. In this exclusive review, we take a look at the new MC342dnw which augments print, fax, scan and copy functions with 802.11n wireless networking and integral duplexing.

The printer is solidly built, small enough to sit on a desktop and refreshingly quiet in operation, too. The only downsides of its compact figure are that you can’t expand its paper capacity and you only get a small 3.5in mono LCD screen to play with.

Oki has reduced the number of consumables by opting for one print drum assembly instead of individual units for each colour. It hasn’t improved running costs, though, with a mono page costing 3p and a colour page stinging you for over 14p. As the printer ships with starter cartridges we received a low cyan toner warning after printing only 130 colour pages.

Installation is swift and the printer’s list of fax speed dials and email addresses can be remotely managed with Oki’s Configuration Tool. You can create profiles for scanning to network shares plus FTP and HTTP servers, and PCs running the ActKey utility become remote scan destinations. To use them you select the Remote PC option from the printer’s scan menu, trot over to your PC and acquire the image from your TWAIN app.

Oki MC342dnw

To test AirPrint we enabled the wireless network (which automatically disables the wired connection) and had it connected to our Netgear router in seconds using WPS. AirPrint is enabled by default and our iPad 4 picked up the printer instantly allowing us to print directly from it without installing any apps.

Oki’s quoted speeds are achievable across a wide range of document types with a time to first page of up to 16 seconds. Using the ADF, we copied a 10-page document in one minute and found scan quality to be exceeding good.

Text quality is spot on and although colour photos show a slight cross-hatching, they reveal high levels of detail. Oki’s toner delivers bold, punchy colours making for eye catching reports. Open up the front MPT and rear output slot and you can print banners up to 1.3 metres long.

The MC342dnw isn’t short on features and AirPrint support may prove a handy addition for some offices. It offers classy output quality and good speeds, too, but the high running costs ultimately make it unworthy of recommendation.

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 1200 x 600dpi
Rated/quoted print speed 22PPM
Maximum paper size A3
Duplex function yes

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page 3.0p
Cost per A4 colour page 14.0p

Consumables

Monthly duty cycle 30,000 pages

Power and noise

Dimensions 427 x 509 x 444mm (WDH)

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured) 22.0ppm
Colour print speed 20.0ppm

Media Handling

Input tray capacity 350 sheets
Output tray capacity 150 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? yes
Bluetooth connection? no

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