Oki C5500n review: Oki C5500n

Setting up the printer is a simple task. Insert the driver CD, click through the setup, and plug in the printer, either via USB or Ethernet, for a networked connection. A hard copy installation guide walks you through the steps, and a spiral-bound reference guide fills in the details. (The reference guide even comes premounted with a piece of Velcro on the back, so you can stick it to the side of the printer, where it's always handy.) The printer supports both Mac and Windows OSes, so everyone on your network will be happy. The C5500n comes standard with a 200MHz processor and 64MB of RAM, which you can upgrade to 320MB. An optional duplexer is also available for about $145.

The Oki C5500n was speedy at all print tasks, making it a valuable addition to a print-intensive work environment. It churned out black text at a speedy 17.92 pages per minute (ppm) and black graphics at an even-faster 18.41ppm. Its color performance was a little slower but still faster than most of the competition's: 11.37ppm for color text and 14.85ppm for color graphics. The C5500n's print quality was also impressive, especially the text quality. Black text was flawless, and the color was beautifully rendered, with only the slightest hint of dots or cross-hatches in some of the smaller point sizes. The black-and-white graphics print was also impressive, with solid details and distinct progression through the grayscale. The color graphics page had sharp details and smooth curves, although the color handling was a bit off. The color and grayscale gradients showed distinct banding, and the color photographic elements were too red, while the grayscale photographic element was a touch too blue. Overall, though, the print quality was well above average for a printer of this class.

CNET Labs' color laser speed tests (pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color graphics  
Color text  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Oki C5500n
14.85 
11.37 
18.41 
17.92 
Lexmark C522n
12.31 
14.21 
14.49 
14.41 
Konica Minolta Magicolor 2430DL
4.43 
4.88 
14.04 
14.26 
HP Color LaserJet 2605dtn
6 
6.74 
9.04 
9 

CNET Labs' color laser quality
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color graphics  
Color text  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Lexmark C522n
Excellent 
Excellent 
Excellent 
Excellent 
Oki C5500n
Good 
Excellent 
Excellent 
Excellent 
HP Color LaserJet 2605dtn
Good 
Excellent 
Good 
Excellent 
Konica Minolta Magicolor 2430DL
Fair 
Good 
Good 
Excellent 

The company backs the Oki C5500n 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 email Oki's support staff 24/7, though users who register on Oki's site get priority. Oki's site also has product-specific drivers/utilities, downloadable manuals and user guides, a list of consumables for each model, and a knowledgebase.

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Oki C5500n

Part Number: 62426304 Released: Mar 30, 2006

MSRP: $750.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Mar 30, 2006
  • Interface Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Printer Type Workgroup printer - LED - color
  • Max Resolution ( Color ) 1200 x 600 dpi
  • Max Speed 24 ppm
    20 ppm