Oki B2500 review: Oki B2500

The copy options for the B2520 MFP are straightforward. You can make up to 99 copies at once and make N-up and poster copies. When scanning, you can scan to your PC or to a connected USB drive. If you choose to scan to your connected PC, the PaperPort software will be launched. Here, you can preview the scan, save it to various locations on your PC, choose the resulting file type (including TIFF, JPEG, and PDF), or open the document in a number of different programs, including Word, Adobe Acrobat, Excel, and Paint. If you opt for an editing program such as Word, the optical character recognition program will launch to scan the document as an editable file. Other options include attaching the scan to an outbound email (Outlook only) or to FTP.

Fax option include delayed, schedulable transmissions, secure fax receiving (called fax answering machine), and fax rerouting (including to an attached USB key). In the directory, you can create up to 250 entries, which can include a fax number, email address, and FTP address, and up to 20 groups. While you can assign a shortcut key to specific addressees, the control panel lacks one-touch dial buttons for your most commonly faxed contacts. Another interesting feature is the ability to create mailboxes on the B2520 MFP. It's set up for 32 mailboxes--one public and 31 private. Users can send and receive files (via fax or scan) from their private mailboxes for security.

When using a USB thumbdrive with the B2520, you can scan to it, fax to it, or print from it. When printing, the only supported file types are TXT, TIFF, and JPEG. You can also delete files from the key using the control panel. If you're scanning to the drive, the control panel will ask you name the file, which you can do using the QWERTY keyboard, and choose the file type: PDF or image.

Performance
In CNET Labs' laser multifunction tests, the Oki B2520 MFP failed to impress us. Its task speeds were slow, and quality left a lot to be desired. It printed black text at a rate of 10.64 pages per minute, behind the Dell 1815dn, the Lexmark X340n, and the Canon ImageClass MF4690. It was also the slowest at printing grayscale graphics with a score of 11.21 pages per minute, at grayscale scans with a score of 3.31 pages per minute, and at copying via ADF, with a score of 9.18 pages per minute. With color scanning, it was the second slowest with a score of 3.25 pages per minute, beating out the Canon.

CNET Labs' mono laser multifunction speed tests (pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Copy  
Grayscale scan  
Color scan  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Dell 1815dn
12.29 
4.85 
4.86 
20.01 
17.75 
Lexmark X340n
13.19 
4.12 
3.87 
18.48 
17.13 
Canon ImageClass MF4690
15.46 
9.77 
2.37 
14.51 
14.7 
Oki B2520 MFP
9.18 
3.31 
3.25 
11.21 
10.64 

Unfortunately, the Oki B2520 MFP didn't fare much better with task quality. The high point was the black text: it was crisp and sharp, though we'd like to see a darker, richer black. The graphics print was beset by distracting cross-hatching, and the photo elements weren't sharp. The grayscale scan was very disappointing: it was blown out in the light end of the grayscale, so highlight areas in the photo elements lacked detail. It was also a bit hazy overall, but worst of all, there was color in the scan: a regular pattern of pink, green, and a bluish tone. The original document is a black-and-white image, so there's no reason to see color in the resulting scan. The color was most obvious in graphical patterns, but it also plagued simple straight lines. The color scanning was pretty good, showing good color reproduction and clean details. Overall, we were very disappointed with the quality of the B2520 MFP, especially given the fact that we've liked Oki laser printers such as C6000n in the past.

CNET Labs' mono laser multifunction quality
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Grayscale scan  
Color scan  
Graphics  
Text  
Dell 1815dn
Good 
Fair 
Fair 
Excellent 
Lexmark X340n
Good 
Good 
Good 
Good 
Canon ImageClass MF4690
Fair 
Good 
Good 
Good 
Oki B2520 MFP
Fair 
Good 
Fair 
Good 

Service and support
The company backs the Oki B2520 MFP with a standard one-year warranty that includes overnight exchange for defective units. Free, toll-free phone support is available 24-7. You can also e-mail Oki's support staff 24-7, though users who register on Oki's site get priority. Oki's site also has product-specific drivers and utilities, downloadable manuals and user guides, a list of consumables for each model, and a knowledge base.

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Oki B2520

Part Number: 62427701-KIT Released: Mar. 21, 2007
MSRP: $379.00 Low Price: $180.52 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Mar. 21, 2007
  • Type fax / copier / printer / scanner
  • Printing Technology laser
  • Optical Resolution 600 x 2400 dpi
  • Functions printer
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