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OKI C3600n review: OKI C3600n

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Performance
The OKI C3600n fared well in a direct output speed comparison with three other color laser printers. It placed second best in all of our tests just behind the Brother HL-4040CN, a similarly priced single-function laser. As a matter of fact, it printed black text at almost the exact same speed, scoring 15.61 pages per minute compared with the Brother's 15.66. It couldn't keep up with the Samsung CLP-310W in the color presentation test, but it's safe to say that you won't be waiting too long for any document using this printer.

Performance test (in pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color graphics   
Presentation  
Color text speed  
Black text (PPM)  
Brother HL-4040CN
14.83 
14.83 
13.77 
15.66 
OKI C3600n
12.58 
12.12 
9.12 
15.61 
Dell 1320c
9.94 
8.76 
8.79 
12.11 
Samsung CLP-315W
3.64 
13.32 
4.07 
13.15 

The OKI also performs well in all of our print quality tests. Black text looks as good as we expect from a laser printer, with bold line formation and smooth gradation along font size scales. It also handled our graphics text admirably, showing excellent signs of color separation and sharp image distinction, even in some of the subtle blending detail. As expected, some of the images look a little smudgy and pixelated, but the general print quality across presentations, graphics, and simple text strengthen our overall impression of this printer.

Service and support
OKI offers a one-year limited warranty with the C3600n, backed by the company's Overnight Exchange program that will provide you with an overnight replacement for your defective printer for the duration of your warranty. You can also opt to bring your printer into one of OKI's authorized service centers located across the country. Using OKI's Warranty Extension Program, you can also purchase a 12- or 24-month extension. We couldn't find information on telephone support on OKI's Web site, but the support center does offer manuals, utilities, drivers, and a knowledge base that should get you start on troubleshooting a problem.

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