HWM (Malaysia) - - SMB - ANALYSIS - Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

Last month, we took a look at the OKI B512, a ca­pa­ble mono­chrome LED prin­ter that is built for small of­fices. This time, we take a look at the al­most iden­ti­cal ES5162 MFP, a mul­ti­func­tion prin­ter that can do more and of­fers bet­ter con­trols.

Side by side, both OKI print­ers that we re­viewed here looks sim­i­lar apart from the larger, full color dis­play and the scan­ner unit with auto feeder on the OKI ES5162 MFP. Both print­ers have built-in 530-sheet stan­dard pa­per tray, along with auto du­plexer, and Eth­er­net con­nec­tiv­ity.

Be­yond cos­met­ics and fea­tures, both print­ers per­form equally. Like the B512, the OKI ES5162 MFP takes a lit­tle longer to start print­ing com­pared to laser print­ers, and has an av­er­age speed of 40 pages per minute.

Text comes off as crisp, clear, and very pre­sentable, and this is true with prints and scans. Re­pro­duc­ing im­ages and small de­tails, how­ever, is not the prin­ter’s strong suit. Im­ages tend to ap­pear blurry and dull, while text that is smaller in font size will lose res­o­lu­tion.

As a scan­ner and pho­to­copier, the ES5162 MFP shines. It is a great ad­di­tion to a small of­fice that needs a more pro­duc­tive copier ma­chine, but does not have the space to ac­com­mo­date a full-sized ma­chine. Its 50-sheet auto feeder makes copy jobs a lot eas­ier as well.

Com­pared to the B512, the fea­ture that we love most on the ES5162 MFP is its cus­tom­iz­a­ble 7-inch LCD color touch screen dis­play and con­trols. No more print­outs of menu op­tions and no more strug­gling with only two lines of menu text, ev­ery­thing is ac­ces­si­ble through but­ton presses and taps of the screen.

It is also worth men­tion­ing that the mul­ti­func­tion mono­chrome prin­ter could also func­tion as a fax ma­chine, could print and scan di­rectly to and from USB drives, as well as print from smart mo­bile devices, and works with both Google Cloud Print and AirPrint by Ap­ple.


The con­trols on the OKI ES5162 MFP is iden­ti­cal to most full­sized of­fice prin­ter and copier ma­chines.

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