Manufacturer: Oki Data Part number: 62426304
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CNET editors' review
price range: $466.66
- Reviewed by: Felisa Yang
- Edited by: Matthew Elliott
- Reviewed on: 08/18/2006
- Released on: 03/30/2006
The good: Quick at all printing tasks; overall excellent print quality; handles legal-size paper; networkable; two standard input options; straight paper pass through; generous support options.
The bad: No ADF or built-in duplexer (duplexer optional); expensive for a single-function color laser printer; some color-handling problems in graphics.
The bottom line: The Oki C5500n is an excellent networked color laser printer, but it's pricey. For just a little more, you can get a color laser multifunction.
Finally found a winner!
by nancy1965 on August 21, 2006
Pros: Fast, Excellent Print Quality, Quiet, Straight Paper Path
Cons: Initial set up of toner cartridges, 110 lb cardstock paper gets jams easily
Summary: I bought this printer after returning 2 other brands (Dell & HP). I have no regrets at all. This printer is by far the best. I love everything about it. ...
Summary: I bought this printer after returning 2 other brands (Dell & HP). I have no regrets at all. This printer is by far the best. I love everything about it. The output is simply perfect in my opinion with great colors and detail. However, I do not use the factory setting (Automatic) as I found that those colors were lighter and the colors didn't match my computer monitor. The setting that I use is "Natural" and next to that I have it set on monitor (6500K) Vivid. That setting output best matches my monitor colors.
This printer is also extremely fast. Printouts are finished in no time at all. The paper comes out of the printer nice and straight.
I have no complaints about this printer other than the fact that when I first purchased it, I couldn't understand how the cartridges fit into the drum. Subsequently, I dropped my magenta cartridge and it spilled all over the place! Directions could have been a bit better as far as installing those. Also, 110 lb cardstock paper seems to get jammed in this paper. If you will be using that kind of paper, make sure that you kind of hold each sheet until it goes into the feeder. The output looks great on that heavyweight paper but you do need to monitor it so that it doesn't get jammed.
Other than that I would highly recommend this printer to anyone who is looking for a color laser printer. I paid $500 for it after $100 rebate.
I love this printer!
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent...trust me, I've owned it for over a year...
by yattaboy on August 23, 2007
Pros: very fast print speed, print quality, printer construction
Cons: some pixelation, footprint, media size and weight adjustment
Summary: This is the first high-quality "laser" (ahem, LED) printer I've owned for my soho, but I've been using laser's for years. I liked the Cnet review, but ...
Summary: This is the first high-quality "laser" (ahem, LED) printer I've owned for my soho, but I've been using laser's for years. I liked the Cnet review, but it's missing a couple of important points. This printer is very well made, not a feather-light piece of injection-molded plastic like most mass-made printers. The other is Oki's support and free software.
Oki emailed me some utilities for color swatches and print supervision which tracks toner and page usage on-screen, and others. They also sell the toner, duplexer, etc. on their own website, at "street prices". I received the duplexer by UPS in 3 days for a final price of $152...lots of online vendors can match that, but that's not bad from the manufacturer. I print reports with rich text, .jpg headers, charts, etc. and the printer spits them out almost as fast as regular text docs. I do not like the need to enter the menu every time I need to print something less-ordinary like a transparency or No. 10 envelope or 28 lb. bond paper -- an express option for media changes would be nice like a dedicated button or switch. I also found that saturated colors or small fonts "pixelate" (have jagged edges) at times. It's very small, and unless you proof very closely, you probably wouldn't see it -- it can be corrected too by printing on the "best" print setting. However, it would be nice if it didn't do that at all.
I respect other people's experiences, but honestly, I just didn't understand "rhansen's" review that toner costs are high. I looked at toner cartridge prices and yields quite thoroughly from Lexmark, Canon and HP before buying, and found when you compare a "2K" cartridge from Oki and see what it gets you...about 2,000 prints...it's in the center. Not the cheapest, not the most expensive, but it does give high-quality. After using it for a year, I think it meets those estimates fairly closely (you can always increase or decrease print quality to consume/save toner). I also didn't agree with the review where a person bought it used and found it didn't work. Maybe Oki should honor a warranty to anyone for 1 year, but if you were in the business of manufacturing low-margin printers, would you do that, knowing there are owners who may run their off-road vehicle over top of the printer before selling it to a second owner? How can you guarantee a printer's performance when it didn't come direct from your factory?? More importantly, do Okidata's competitors do better or worse in this regard?
Anyways, I have found Oki's shipping and cartridge prices reasonable, but don't take my word for it...check their website, and Staples and various online vendors and see. If you need an all-in-one, maybe you should get the HP for a few dollars more as the Cnet reveiw says, although I personally found HP's sharpness was a little less for printers in the same price category as the C5500n. Also, I don't think most people buy the C5500n for full $599...it's pretty easy to get it between $400-500.
I wanted a high quality printer for a small home office business, not another 1 pound piece of plastic from Costco. At 57 pounds, maybe the C5500n is overbuilt, but it reminds me of the business class printers I've been using for the last 25 years. I wrote another online review for a popular computer mag website, and said the same thing there: If my office burned down tomorrow and I had to buy another printer with the insurance check, I would probably buy this same printer all over again, because its strength's and Oki's support greatly outweigh its weaknesses. If you want an all-in-one for your home computer, and don't care about the occasional ink-jet smudge or loading paper in 50 piece stacks or printing every odd-numbered page and then flipping the stack over to print every even-numbered page, then yes, the review correctly notes this is an expensive printer. Personally, I'm fed up with cheap consumer junk and would probably buy this printer again even for non-soho use because it could probably fall off of the desk it's sitting on and still work.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Print Quality For Both Text, Pictures & Graphics
by Kevin8813 on December 30, 2006
Pros: Excellent Overall Print Quality & Reasonably Priced Toner
Cons: Weird Start Up Sounds. Clunk, Clunk, Errrrr
Summary: I have owned this printer since September 2006 and I am very pleased with the quality of the print output. Print output looks very professional, especially when used with laser ...
Summary: I have owned this printer since September 2006 and I am very pleased with the quality of the print output. Print output looks very professional, especially when used with laser gloss stock. I am amazed with the picture quality. Sharpness, color and density are all excellent. I am so glad I researched this printer before I purchased. I made my own choice after talking to friends that have owned OKI LED printers. I am sold on this product. It is big and heavy, but I am not marrying this gal. I wanted a performer, not a beauty model that was cheap date. Any toner from a manufacturer is going to cost more than inkjet cartridges. But, the number of pages per change over is high. Cost per page for this printer is very reasonable for what you get. Professional print shops are going to charge you two to three times the cost of each page as compared to this printer. I bought mine at Staples with a $200 rebate. I don't need to duplex, but if I did, I found a place online that sells
the OKI duplexer for about $150. OVERALL I would give this printer a higher rating than CNET did. I am not an employee of any manufacturer. I am a commercial realtor.Updated
I am still pleased with this printer. I've had it over 6 months and it still does a great job. Sure I had to replace the factory toner carts fairly soon after I purchased, but that's gonna be the story with any printer. Output is manifico! The only complaint that I have is that not many store outlets carry the toner. Odering online was easy. Delivery in 2 days. No break downs, no jams and alot of printed marketing materials and report jobs finished. Print quality is a 10, graphics a 9! and speed is good. Good luck friends.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Beware Oki Toner Price
by rhansen on August 23, 2006
Pros: They run fine
Cons: But the cost per page is high, 3rd party repair lacking
Summary: My former employer loved Oki's because we had lots of "Oki Bucks". These came from our purchasing impact printers for inclusion in our products. Problem was,the toner price ...
Summary: My former employer loved Oki's because we had lots of "Oki Bucks". These came from our purchasing impact printers for inclusion in our products. Problem was,the toner price was a budget killer. Nobody carries the supplies and there is no 3rd party market per HP. We also had tremendous issues trying to find somebody to service the printers. Buy HP...lots of tech's and 3rd party supplies available.
4 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best bang for your buck!
by bbde on June 21, 2007
Pros: High quality & low total cost of ownership
Cons: Color photo printing alters some tones
Summary: Overall this is a great printer. It has the best overall package for my home office setting (purchase cost, toner cost, drum cost & user serviceable). My only grip is ...
Summary: Overall this is a great printer. It has the best overall package for my home office setting (purchase cost, toner cost, drum cost & user serviceable). My only grip is that it alters the tone of objects when I've tried to print digital photos (rosey red cheeks & red eyes).Updated
I've had the Oki for about 3 months now. The speed, quality, and toner life have been great. You won't be disapointed. This is the best bang for your buck if you need color printing for a small workgroup. I only wish it could handle 11x17 paper.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fast, Solid Performance
by gprevost on January 26, 2007
Pros: Speed, Print Finish
Cons: Size, ability to print graphics
Summary: I bought this printer for my advertising business not expecting to print pictures but expecting to print sell sheets and design approvals. For the sell sheets, the printer is excellent, ...
Summary: I bought this printer for my advertising business not expecting to print pictures but expecting to print sell sheets and design approvals. For the sell sheets, the printer is excellent, especially when the colors printed are solid. The printer fell short on printing images (not complex ones). Pictures showed too many pixels and were rough around the edges. These images were printed from a web page, so they weren't high-quality and we tried just about every printer setting. I've been told by a Xerox guy that this printer is better than most color lasers, so I'll probably look to one of the HP's for graphics printing, and keep this one for sell sheets. I gave this printer an 8 because the images should be printed better. Another excellent printer to consider is the Xerox 8500 solid ink printer.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fast, easy to use, beautiful color
by BillW12 on August 23, 2006
Pros: Easy to maintain
Cons: Duplex add-on pricey
Summary: This is my third Okidata Laser Printer. I work them hard and keep them until they die. I have owned an Okidata 5150c for over a year. It has been ...
Summary: This is my third Okidata Laser Printer. I work them hard and keep them until they die. I have owned an Okidata 5150c for over a year. It has been a very dependible product. It's fast, easy to use, and it produces BEAUTIFUL output. GREAT warrenty service! My first duplexer died after 7 months. I called Okidata at about 3:00 PM and received a replacement by 9:30 AM the next day. Toner and image drums are easy to replace. Overall great printer.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Outstanding! Built like a tank!
by shibbeler on August 3, 2010
Pros: Glossy, rich, SHARP prints. Very fast, very quiet, reasonable toner costs.
Optional duplexer makes putting reports together quick and easy, HOWEVER, I would suggest the 256mb or at the very least the 64mb memory upgrade with the duplexer.
Cons: Doesn't like 110lb cardstock, but advertised that it would print on it. (From manual feeder or paper tray).
Summary: I've owned this printer since it was new in 2005. I bought it from Office Depot when it was $799 with a $200 instant rebate. I have since put ...
Summary: I've owned this printer since it was new in 2005. I bought it from Office Depot when it was $799 with a $200 instant rebate. I have since put about 23,000 prints through it, mainly color. The only consumables I've had to replace - other than toner - are the drums (one for each color) and I was able to get them off ebay (all 4) for about $250. Not cheap, but it is something that will not need to be replaced that often.
The service manual states that the MTBF is 40,000 copies, with a useful service life of 420,000 copies. That in itself tells you this printer was built to last.
It seems like it's almost overengineered for a consumer-grade product. I used to own an old $5000 HP Color Laserjet 5M for workgroup printing (see: Tank), and this feels built up to par of said printer. It feels solid because it is. It is an amazing printer and it's such a shame that they quit making it.
Toner is no longer carried by places like office depot, staples, etc. anymore (I bought the remaining toner from them locally when they were on "clearance") but can be easily had on eBay for pretty reasonable.
I would HIGHLY recommend that you NOT use the "compatible" toner in these printers, as my experience with them is that the sharpness of the prints suffers quite a bit then. The OEM/Genuine OKI toners work well in this printer. (I own several other printers which "compatible" toner works fine, like a Samsung CLX-3160FN...just not in the C5500n).
Not compatible with MAC 10.5.2!
by msever on May 19, 2008
Pros: Excellent print quality prior to driver issue
Cons: No working drivers for 10.5.2
Summary: Recently upgraded OS, then experience serious print issues. Contacted OKI, they looked into the problem but have no resolve. They responded: "At this point, I am not able to offer ...
Summary: Recently upgraded OS, then experience serious print issues. Contacted OKI, they looked into the problem but have no resolve. They responded: "At this point, I am not able to offer you any solution other than the print as image." (which is not an option for multi-page documents!)
Pricey, but you get what you pay for, sometimes!!!
by JohnBillyBob on December 7, 2007
Pros: Clear, crisp text, color photos and strong dependability
Cons: Finicky with color photos; Most need manual color adjustment
Summary: We bought this (actually, the C5800, which is capable of duplex printing) to do color brochures on 32 pound glossy paper. To date, it has paid for itself. Bought at ...
Summary: We bought this (actually, the C5800, which is capable of duplex printing) to do color brochures on 32 pound glossy paper. To date, it has paid for itself. Bought at Office Depot, who were very helpful. The price was high and the "$150 rebate" still has not come (9 months now!), but it is literally click and print. Had to work with digital color photos some to get the nack for adjusting brightness, etc, to get the best brochure outcome. I chose NOT to attempt what seems to be a complex series of "color swatches", using another piece os software to set up photos to print at the right color intensity.
Cartridges are also pricey, but aren't all color lasers?
All in all, I'd rate the machine at a 9.5+ for doing what it is designed to do.
Excellent choice for the "long haul."
- Manufacturer: Oki Data
- Part number: 62426304
- Description: For small workgroups demanding superior quality at an affordable price, the C5500n Digital Color printer from OKI Printing Solutions is your answer. It comes network-ready, combining incredible print quality, fast printing speed, the ability to print on a wide variety of media, and the legendary reliability of OKI Printing Solutions products backed by industry-leading support. The C5500n combines multilevel LED printing and new microfine toner (HD Color technology) and 1200 x 600 dpi resolution to render finer detail, more saturated colors, and more precise toner placement than ever before - for breathtaking results on regular copy paper and glossy media. The C5500n delivers crisp, bright, color output, with the first page printing in as little as 11 seconds. Black & white pages print at up to 24 ppm, the first in as little as 10 seconds. For 2-sided color, the optional duplex unit will deliver your documents at nearly the same productivity-enhancing speeds.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Printer Type Workgroup printer - LED - LED - Color - Color
- Print Speed up to 24 ppm - B/W,
up to 20 ppm - Color
- Built-in Devices Status LCD
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Interface USB LAN,
Ethernet 10/100Base-TX USB
- Max Resolution ( B&W ) 1200 dpi x 600 dpi 1200 x 600 dpi
- Max Resolution ( Color ) 1200 dpi x 600 dpi 1200 x 600 dpi
- First Print Out Time B/W 10 sec
- First Print Out Time Color 11 sec
- Printer Features HD Color technology,
Single Pass Color Digital technology,
- Media Handling 300-sheet input tray,
100-sheet multipurpose tray
- Processor PowerPC 200 MHz
- RAM Installed ( Max ) 64 MB / 320 MB (max)
- Media Type Cards ,
Bond paper ,
- Media Size Class Legal
- Max Media Size Legal (216 x 356 mm)
- Max Media Size (Custom) 8.5 in x 47.2 in
- Media Sizes 8.5 in x 47.2 in,
Legal (8.5 in x 14 in),
Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in),
3 in x 5 in
- Media Weight 75 g/m2 - 203 g/m2
- Total Media Capacity 400 sheets
- Media Feeder(s) 1 x Autoload - 300 sheets - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) weight: 75 g/m2 - 120 g/m2,
1 x Autoload - 100 sheets - 8.5 in x 47.2 in weight: 75 g/m2 - 203 g/m2
- Max Media Capacity 930 sheets
- Monthly Duty Cycle (max) 60000 pages 60000 pages
- Modem None
- Networking Print server - Integrated
- Data Link Protocol Fast Ethernet,
- Remote Management Protocol HTTP
- Type None
- Copier Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) Memory
- Connections 1 x USB 2.0 - 4 pin USB Type B,
1 x LAN - RJ-45
- Consumables Included 1 x Toner cartridge ( Black ) - up to 1500 pages,
1 x Toner cartridge ( Cyan ) - up to 1500 pages,
1 x Toner cartridge ( Magenta ) - up to 1500 pages,
1 x Toner cartridge ( Yellow ) - up to 1500 pages,
1 x Drum - up to 20000 pages
- Microsoft Certifications Works with Windows Vista
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Voltage Required AC 120 V
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities,
- OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later ,
Microsoft Windows ,
Apple MacOS 9.1 or later
- ENERGY STAR Yes
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 17.1 in
- Depth 22.1 in
- Height 13.4 in
- Weight 57.3 lbs