The Toshiba E-Studio 170F is a variation of the theme of multifunction devices that offer printing, copying faxing and scanning, all in one machine. The main difference with this one is that the fax seems to be the primary function rather than printing or copying. Traditionally, multifunction’s have printed or copied first, then scanned, then faxed. With the E-Studio 170F, fax comes first.
For its relatively modest size, the 170F is fully featured. It’s Super G3 modem can send faxes at a rate of one every 2-3 seconds and has enough memory to remember around 100 of them if you run out of paper. There is a full fax control panel, with complete dialing face, feature buttons and a clearly delineated section for each function. The menu system is fluid and understandable, while the small LCD screen tells you all you need to know.
The E-Studio 170F can print and copy at 17 pages per minute, and the output isn’t that of an afterthought printer. The finish is good, especially text only prints, whose results are clear and crisp. The device struggles a bit with images, as most laser printers do, but the results are still acceptable for most situations.
The scanner is a fast and capable device that makes short work of even the longest documents. It can scan and fax across a network through a connected computer and reproduces them accurately.
Setup is simple, simply connect it via USB, switch it on and get working. The drivers are simple and take no time at all to install. There is no networking feature, but USB is quick enough for most SOHO users, which is where the E-Studio 170F is pitched.
The E-Studio 170F is a small, hardworking multifunction aimed at users with modest needs. Everything it can do, it does well. Coupled with a reasonable purchase price and economical running costs, this is an excellent choice for low volume users.