Okidata C5550N Printer – A Classic Workhorse Printer

by garrett on December 21, 2009

This Multifunction color laser printer is an older model but you can still find an Okidata C5550N Printer, new, at varying prices between thirteen hundred to seventeen hundred dollars. A typical price for a used model is seven hundred dollars. This model replaced the C5510n MFP on August 1st, 2007. The CDW website claims that the C5550N was also discontinued on July 14, 2009. The Okidata C5550N Printer is also a Fax, copier and scanner. It uses the Okidata C5550N printer toner.

This industrial machine is 26 inches tall and weighs 81 pounds. It has 256K of imaging memory and is available with an optional 40 GB Hard Disk Drive. It works with all Windows platforms and is capable of two-sided printing. The paper capacity is 400 sheets, which can be expandable to 930 sheets with an optional second tray that retails for about two hundred dollars.

The machine runs on a four separate toner cartridges and each color yields 5,000 pages with the exception of black, which yields 6000 pages. The toner can be purchased in a four cartridge set that includes yellow, magenta, cyan and black for about two hundred and seventy four dollars. The cartridges can also be purchased separately for between sixty and one hundred and fifty dollars a piece.

The quality of print is by all means satisfactory with a maximum printing resolution of up to 1200 by 600 dots per inch for both mono and color. The speed it prints is at 32 pages per minute for mono and 20 pages per minute for color.

The strong suit of this machine is that it is a very capable network printer that will handle the heavy workload of a paper generating office. It is a durable machine that won’t waste a lot of office time due to jamming. In fact, is has received reports of very few and infrequent problems.

The Scanner attributes are sufficient. These features are probably suitable for light or random use. The scanning process is not fast, however, it will certainly get the job done. The network scanning is definitely suitable for offices as well. The scan quality will work just fine for office environments that are scanning documents, although, a dedicated scanner may be an advisable purchase for offices that entail heavy scanning.

The scan speed is as fast as three seconds per page is black and white and color scans can be as fast as six seconds. The scan resolution is up to 4800 dots per inch. It does have scan to PC abilities along with an address book manager.

The copier speed is up to 20 copies per minute and the black and white copies can be produced 32 per minute. The typical waiting time for a color copy is four seconds. Copy resolution is up to 600 by 600 dots per inch and available in three copy modes including speed, text and photo.

This machine has no trouble sending outbound faxes and incoming faxes can be received as long as the machine is turned on. It is capable of receiving error and miscellaneous communication errors when incoming faxes are being picked up. Fax resolution is 200 x 400 dots per inch.

The Okidata C5550N toner is great for heavy duty printing needs and has a very nice print quality. In an office environment it will get whatever job you need done reliably. If you are planning on using this toner cartridge to print remotely, it will certainly do what you need it to do. Overall, the Okidata C Series toner does the job you need at an affordable price.

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