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Oki Data Oki B6200n

At a Glance
  • Oki Printing Solutions OKI B6200N DIGITAL MONO PRINTERPRNT (25PPM)/ 120V/ (ENGLISH)

    PCWorld Rating

Oki Data Oki B6200n
Photograph: Rick Rizner

The Oki B6200n is a smaller cousin to the Oki B6300n, which was a PC World Best Buy when we reviewed it for the November 2004 issue. At $650, the B6200n costs $250 less than the $799 B6300n, but has a smaller paper capacity and costs a little more to run. Even if it can't quite keep up with its older relative, it still earns a Best Buy for our August 2005 Top 10 Monochrome Laser Printers chart.

Two proper paper drawers hold 150 and 250 sheets each (compared to 150 and 550 on the B6300n). You can increase paper capacity by attaching one or two extra 550-sheet paper drawers (at $312 each), bringing total capacity up to 1500 pages. You can stack envelopes and other thick media in any drawer, so there's no need for a manual bypass tray. All output lands face down on top of the printer. Unlike the B6300n, the B6200n has no rear exit to help prevent envelopes from curling and creasing. The output bin holds up to 250 sheets, compared to the B6300n's 500-sheet capacity. For yet another $312, you can add a duplexer that lets you print on both sides of the paper.

The printer comes with a toner cartridge rated by Oki to yield 6000 pages (using the industry's 5 percent paper coverage convention), but it's less expensive to use the replacements rated at 10,000 pages. Costing $225 with the drum assembly built-in, your per-page cost comes to 2.25 cents each, which is above average for a workgroup printer. Oki doesn't offer the 17,000-page cartridge that makes printing with the B6300n much cheaper.

Though the B6200n's processor (a 266-MHz PowerPC) is slower than the B6300n's (a 350-MHz PowerPC), it clocked similarly high speeds in our performance tests. The printer churned out text at 18.8 pages per minute and graphics at an impressive 11.7 ppm. The default print resolution of 600 dots per inch (compared to the B6300n's 1200 dpi) may contribute to this feat--as well as to less-than-sterling print quality. At first glance, most characters in our text pages seemed crisp and sharp. But on closer examination, some looked washed out, particularly along their lower edges. Our line art sample displayed smooth diagonals and sharp white-on-black contrast, but some narrow horizontal banding. The grayscale image (printed at 1200 dpi) was too dark, obscuring any shadow detail, and produced lots of moire patterns in textured areas.

The control panel has a two-line LCD with no backlighting, plus a variety of buttons that make managing the printer fairly easy. A built-in Web server lets you check your print job's status and the printer's toner level from your PC. You can also set up the B2600n to receive e-mail, so its built-in PostScript engine can print PDF documents and TIFF images sent as attachments.

The Oki B6200n is a good choice for medium-size workgroups with moderate paper demands, where fast printing takes precedence over quality.

Paul Jasper

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Output quality and speed fell in the middle range, but so does the price. Setup was simple.

    Pros

    • Good print speeds
    • Built-in Web server

    Cons

    • Some text areas looked washed out
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