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Okidata Printers:  Worth the $$$?

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Hi,

   I just want some general opinions and experiences from anyone who uses an Okidata printer.  I wonder if anyone has used one and, if so, was it worth the money or did you have many problems with it?  I plan to use it with a NT box.

I am interested in getting a laser printer (or laser class) and i have narrowed it down to the Nec Superscript 870 or the Okidata 6e.  The Superscript wins performance wise (marginally), however it costs $100 more than the Okidata.  I could live with the Okidata, but i am uncertain of its reputation.

Any input will be greatly appreciated.  
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Points attract information/responses....
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Ryans,

   I am asking for opinions, not technical help.  If asking for someones' experience with a product qualifies as 'expert' advice, i apologize.
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Go for HP printer, because when you need help in the future, HP can give you better support then other companies.  I am sure you don't like to dealing with the company keep transfer you from person A to B....all the way to Z then did or did not get the support.  HP support center is alot better then other companies.

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Okay, that's fair....  Okidata (LED page printer) is a good printer for the cost and the consumeables are pretty cheap compared to the others.  My only negative comment is how some pictures print out.  I can usually see the horizontal lines on the picture that looks like the picture was printed out on a dot matrix.

I haven't seen the Lexmark 870, if it has the "laser" technology, compare the "quality" of high resolution pictures.  Personally, I would pick a laser over led for most of my work.  Black and white text comes out the same with both technologies, but once you get into the shades of grey, then I myself can see a difference; especially with the OL400e thru OL610e.  The OL800e and up seem to greatly improve the picture quality.

Ultimately, it would be nice to compare hard copies of the same docs and pics.  Good Luck...
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by:Razel
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I have used several diferent models of Oki printers and have found that they are built tough and are well worth the cash you pay for them.
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by:dankh
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Hi,  

 Ok, i have made up my mind:  i am going to buy the Okidata printer.  Although i agree with the Superscripts' superiority, i like the price tag on the Okidata better.  I think the Okidata will perform slightly below that of NECs laser printer, but that is why i am going to pay $100 less for it. :)Since no one warned me with great passion against the Okidata, i am going to assume it is a decent printer.  Thanks to everyone for their help.  Whoever reads this first, please post an answer so i can close this question.
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Good Luck!  Happy printing!
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by:dankh
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Hi,

   This is a follow up on the Okidata printer:

1) Installing their drivers was a very bad experience.  The machine would sit still (no messages whatsoever) about 90% into the installation.  I thought the program had crashed so i terminated the setup.  I called tech support only to find out that i should just wait for the machine to respond.  Well, that wait was around 8-10 minutes!  I never had to wait so long for a damn driver to install!!

2) After the driver was installed, my print jobs would spike the CPU up to 100% usage for fractions of a second throughout the print.  This caused my computer to momentarily lock up whatever i was doing continuously during a print job.  That irritated the hell out of me (i love to multi-task).  

3)  I called tech support and they told me to stop using the 'prescribed' driver and software program for NT.  Instead, use the generic PCL drivers.  Well, the PCL worked better, but i lost all control over my printers options (i.e. powersave, etc.).  That irritated me greatly!  And to add insult to injury, every time i booted with the PCL driver and the printer was off, i would receive a 'can't initiate printer' error message.

I finally returned that rogue device and bought an NEC Superscript.  I will NEVER buy anything from Okidata again.  

Interestingly enough, when i returned the printer the sales clerk just looked at the printer and proceeded with the return without even asking me why i choose to return it.  I believe he was accustomed to seeing Okidata printers coming back into the store.  
 
 
 
   
 

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