The Oki 5600 is a digital LED colour printer intended for small offices or for workgroups in larger organisations. While the Oki 5600 does colour, the focus here is firmly on fast quality monochrome prints. The idea is to provide high-volume mono printing that is fast, reliable and cost-effective with the option for class-leading colour when needed. The 5600 is available in three versions: 5600, 5600n and 5600dn. The â€˜n' indicates that the machine is network-ready; you can upgrade non-n machines. The â€˜d' indicates that the machine has duplex (two-sided printing) support, which you cannot upgrade after purchase.
All of the Oki 5600 models are extremely sleek. Oki uses a solid cube design and everything is extremely compact to minimise the footprint. The device is slightly heavy for the class, but it lends to its stability, and most users will not need to move it often anyway. The control panel is on the lid, but at the point where the lid bends in toward the user. It has a monochrome LED display that is large and easy to read. The panel only has a few buttons, which are large and easy to manipulate, because you access most features through the menu system via the LCD display.
The Oki 5600 printer has a 200 MHz processor and it includes 64 MB of memory by default. Users can upgrade this to as much as 320 MB. The time to first print is 8 seconds for monochrome and 11 seconds for colour, and then it prints at 32 pages per minute for mono and 20 pages per minute for colour at 1,200 x 600 dpi in either case. This is a powerful and efficient machine, so even when print jobs are large, diverse and complex, you will not experience sluggishness or a drop in print rate. Oki includes a superior software suite as well as drivers for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux environments. Access to where the Oki C5600 toner is located is easy, so when your Oki 5600 toner runs out it won't take long to get the machine back up and printing again.
The Oki 5600 paper tray has a 300-page capacity and no upgrade system. The warm-up time is considerably longer than the times listed above if turning the machine on or recovering from power save. The Oki 5600 has a number of built-in features for colour printing, such as photo enhance and auto colour balance. These features work well and as advertised but can be difficult to configure. Fortunately, Oki includes software that makes these features much easier to use and configure, but most of them are only available for Windows systems.