With a four figure price tag and A3 as well as A4 output, the Oki C8800n is in a different league to the other models here. At 40kg - which is heavy enough to need two people to carry it - it stretches the definition of a home printer to the limit. However, the footprint is only marginally larger than the Epson Aculaser C1100 and, although it's big, it's not unfeasibly large considering its A3 capabilities.

The Oki C8800n's styling isn't anything to write home about, but the external build quality is solid (if not top-notch). Internally the paper path seems more solid, with plenty of reassuringly chunky plastic. And the paper path is flat instead of vertical, which should put less of a strain on the Oki C8800n's mechanism and help with long-term reliability.

Driver installation is trouble-free, and the supplied software spans three CDs and includes network drivers, a colour swatch utility, and colour profiling and correction tools for more accurate output.


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