OKI C3600n review: OKI C3600n

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.5
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Performs admirably in speed and quality tests.

The Bad No auto-duplexing; Lacks wireless connectivity; No USB port for direct printing.

The Bottom Line The OKI C3600n is neither small nor lightweight, but its quick print speeds and its impressive output quality make it one of our favorite color laser printers on the market today.

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A color laser printer can be the perfect solution for small workgroups and home offices that print a high volume of color documents. The OKI C3600n ($399) color laser printer is network ready and prints at an impressive speed compared with its competition, but it's larger than most printers and lacks fancy extras such as a full-color LCD screen or a wireless print server. If you weigh performance benchmarks scores and output quality over features, size, and cost, this color laser printer is sufficient for most business uses.

Design and features
We're not very impressed with the OKI C3600n's design, but we've never been too wowed by laser printers in general. It seems that at the business level, manufacturers spend more time on efficiency rather than aesthetic innovation, and this printer certainly adheres to that model. The matte white C3600n measures 11.4 inches tall by 14.7 inches wide by 18.8 inches deep and weighs approximately 46 pounds, according to OKI. We wouldn't call it a behemoth, but it's larger than the Samsung CLP-315W that is only 9.6 inches tall by 15.3 inches wide by 12.3 inches deep. The OKI also weighs more than 20 pounds more than the Samsung, so people with limited desk space will probably be happier with a more compact machine.

You'll find all the ports you need to connect the printer to your computer (including the power plug) on the back of the chassis, including a USB and an Ethernet port for networking across multiple systems. One useful feature absent on the OKI C3600n is a front-mount USB port for connecting PictBridge-compatible cameras or direct printing from a USB flash storage drive--you can find such a port on the aforementioned Brother HL-4040CN.

Since it's only a single function laser printer, there aren't many extra features to discuss, but we commend OKI for including a 400MHz processor and a hefty 128MB of memory that lets it handle bigger print jobs than the competition. You can even upgrade to a maximum 640MB of memory. Comparatively, the Dell 1320c, released two years ago, shipped with a 333MHz processor and just 64MB of nonexpandable memory.

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Where to Buy

OKI C3600n

Part Number: 62431004

MSRP: $349.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Interface Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Printer Type Workgroup printer - LED - color
  • Max Resolution ( Color ) 1200 x 600 dpi
  • Max Speed 20 ppm
    16 ppm
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Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.