The Okidata C5500n is a solid, small workgroup printer for people who need to print a lot. The speed and quality of the output belies it’s now discounted cost and makes it a good bet for small businesses or workgroups who want quality printing at a discount price.
Because the C5500n handles legal sized paper as standard, it is a bit bigger than usual. It is 17 inches wide, by 22 inches deep and 13.5 high. It isn’t as heavy as some though at 58 pounds, but if you buy one, find somewhere to put it and leave it there.
The control panel is basic, but then it doesn’t have to do much, this isn’t a multifunction after all. The small LCD is backlit and is readable despite its small size. The controls are simple, with simple back, print up and down for the menu options. The simplicity works in its favor though because it makes the C5500n very simple to use.
The simple design is continued with the toner placement. Lift the lid to reveal a recess where all the toner sit horizontally in their space. This makes replacement easy. Removing the toners will further reveal the inner workings of the machine, which makes it easy to resolve paper jams if they occur.
Replacements are relatively inexpensive with the blacks costing around $55 for 5000 sheets worth, and the colors costing $70 each for the same yield. That makes the average cost of a page of black print 2.2 cents, which is less than many of Oki’s competitors.
Print speed was a respectable 17 pages per minute for mono text and 11 for color. The quality is outstanding, especially the mono text. It produced professional quality prints in a decent time, for a reasonable cost. You can’t really argue with that.
After sales support is good, with an overnight warranty for the first year, 24 hour toll-free support and good documentation. We obviously couldn’t test this out as our unit worked perfectly, but we haven’t heard of any complaints from disgruntled users.
The C5500n is good platform to use for your business documentation. While not the cheapest option, it is head and shoulders above much of the competition with regards print quality, and the Oki name means you have the backing of one of the biggest names is office equipment.