Oki C110 colour laser printer
The Oki C110 is a straightforward, affordable colour laser printer
- A bit slow when printing colour documents
Those in the market for a colour laser probably won’t drop their sights to the Oki C110, but as an alternative to an inkjet it makes an incredible amount of sense. Fast and capable of high-quality print that comfortably outclasses almost all inkjets, it's excellent for text work. And the Oki C110's colour output is, while a bit slow, quite good enough for most tasks. Those who do lots of photo printing might want to look elsewhere, but for the general purpose user who can look past the C110’s lack of physical flair, this is an excellent model.
Price$ 276.77 (AUD)
For those needing fast clean text, the simple mono laser has had plenty to offer in recent years. But what if, while the majority of your needs may centre around words, every now again you feel the urge to print in full colour? Colour lasers are usually still rather expensive, while buying an inkjet in addition to a mono laser could require a rather large desk.
Oki isn't a company known for its bargain basement pricing strategy, but here it's produced an extremely affordable laser in the Oki C110 that concentrates on strong text capabilities, but that can also run off a few colour prints where the need arises.
To say that the Oki C110 is a no-frills model is to put it rather mildly. The old-fashioned casing and rough-edged paper trays look distinctly out of place compared to the fine curves and smooth lines of many of today's printers. Initially, we were convinced that the output tray of the Oki C110 was either upside down or back to front, while the input tray felt only half-finished. However, they do the job very admirably.
The input tray of the Oki C110 can take up to 200 sheets, which isn't at all bad for a cheap laser - and puts many an inkjet to shame. The printer had an annoying habit of not always fully propelling printed sheets into the output tray.
Despite our reservations, though, this never caused any paper jams. More of a problem was the Oki C110's tendency to set the paper size to Letter as default - if this wasn't checked and changed, A4 print jobs seemed to be proceeding at first, only for the printer to start flailing after the second sheet.
Once we were aware of this, though, the Oki C110 carried out its duties reliably - even if it isn't the quietest of printers, producing a vaguely annoying siren effect while in operation.
This Oki C110 model comes only with USB 2.0, although an enhanced model, the Oki C130, costing around an extra $110, offers Ethernet support, duplex facilities (for automatically printing to both sides of the paper), and the option of upgrading the paper input from 200 to 700 sheets.
We haven't tested this model, so obviously can't comment on exactly how good it is (although we'd probably be safe in assuming that its print speed and quality isn't inferior to the Oki C110's), but the C130 would seem to make sense to anyone needing network support.
Oki has spent plenty of time ensuring that the Oki C110's text capabilities are up to scratch. The text isn't as dark as on some lasers, but neither is it at all faint, while the characters are generally very cleanly defined. And even at the top resolution, the Oki C110 churns out pages at a very creditable 15.8 pages per minute. This doesn't make it amazingly quick for a laser, but it's by no means the slowest we've seen, and few, if any, inkjets could get even close to such speed in their high-quality mode.
As a text printer, then, the Oki C110 is excellent for the money. It's not quite so impressive as a colour model, although the palette is still reasonably realistic - if just a touch light in places - and compares well with many a printer. At 2.5 pages per minute it's very slow for a laser but, again, few inkjets can match such a performance in their highest quality mode.
Running costs of the Oki C110 aren't amazingly low (21.3c per page) but it's still a reasonably affordable printer to run - particularly compared to the typical inkjet.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Google Daydream VR headset
Acer Swift 7
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Huawei Mate 9
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® Portable SSD
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Dell XPS 13 laptop
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 2 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- 3 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 4 Garmin Fenix Chronos fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 5 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
Latest News Articles
- Epson launches new high-speed Enterprise inkjet printer
- When life gives you a 3D printer, make a house
- Hacker hijacks thousands of publicly exposed printers to warn owners
- Why won’t my printer connect to my wireless router?
- 3D printer owners rate the best 14 machines
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- LG G6: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- Samsung Galaxy A5 2017: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- Behind the scenes with Team Walkinshaw at V8 Supercars Melbourne 2017
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- CCSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTC# (Full Stack) DeveloperNSW
- FTProject Co-OrdinaterNSW
- FTSolution Architect (e-Health)NSW
- FTDevops EngineerVIC
- FTL&D ConsultantVIC
- FTPHP DeveloperNSW
- FTPMO CoordinatorNSW
- FTAgile Test AnalystQLD
- FTWeb Business AnalystACT
- TP.Net Software DeveloperQLD
- FTJunior Applications SupportSA
- FTHadoop Service AdministratorNSW
- FTDatabase Modelling SpecialistSA
- CCSenior Business Analyst - Forecasting SASNSW
- TPTechnical Analyst - 6 Month Contract - Great Rates Of PayNSW
- FTMultiple Infrastructure ArchitectsWA
- CCLead SAP SRM DeveloperACT
- TPProject SchedulerVIC
- FTICT Change AnalystSA
- TPSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTProject AnalystNSW
- TPSenior Performance TesterQLD
- FTHadoop Service AdministratorSA