The Oki MC360 colour laser multifunction printer arrives in the low-cost end of the category, offering better-than-average speed.

The Oki MC360 also has some nice features. Unfortunately, Oki's careless documentation and overstyled design make the machine harder to use than it should be.

The Oki MC360 performed quickly - but not well - in our tests. Plain text exited at an above-average rate of 12.6 pages per minute (ppm), graphics at 4.5 ppm. It printed grayscale and line-art samples surprisingly quickly compared with the competition, from 3.5 ppm to 4.9 ppm, respectively. Unfortunately, colour and grayscale images tended to be oversaturated and sometimes grainy. Scan quality was disappointing: both printed and onscreen scans looked murky; line art was rough.

Paper handling includes a 250-sheet input tray and manual feed slot, plus a 150-sheet output tray that's refreshingly easy to reach beneath the scanner unit. The scanner has a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF). Unfortunately, Oki made the Oki MC360 confusing. The installation process is plagued by holes and oversights in the documentation. Most notably, the installation instructions give the included CDs different names from those on their labels, so you don't know which one to use.

The control panel has icon rather than word labels for the buttons. For manual duplexing, you either have to follow curt instructions on the front LCD or click a "Duplex Help" button in the driver to summon help; it would be nicer if they popped up automatically when you choose duplexing.

Oki's toner is no bargain, at least based upon the list pricing provided by the vendor. The machine ships with its standard-size supplies.

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Oki MC360: Specs

  • Fax/copier/printer/scanner
  • Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 35000 impressions
  • scan to email, scan to folder
  • 47x547x521mm
  • 29kg
  • Standard/Max Memory: 128MB/320MB
  • Max Printing Resolution: Up to 1200x600dpi (mono)/up to 1200x600dpi (colour)
  • Interpolated Scan Resolution: 4800dpi
  • Colour Depth: 24 bit
  • Colour Depth (Internal): 48 bit
  • Fax Machine: Super G3 compatible
  • Max Transmission Speed: 33.6 Kbps
  • Total Memory Capacity: Up to 200 pages
  • Speed Dialing: 100 station(s)
  • Document Feeder Capacity: 50 sheets
  • USB, Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX
  • ScanSoft OmniPage SE 4.2, Nuance PaperPort SE 11.2, OKI LPR Power
  • Fax/copier/printer/scanner
  • Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 35000 impressions
  • scan to email, scan to folder
  • 47x547x521mm
  • 29kg
  • Standard/Max Memory: 128MB/320MB
  • Max Printing Resolution: Up to 1200x600dpi (mono)/up to 1200x600dpi (colour)
  • Interpolated Scan Resolution: 4800dpi
  • Colour Depth: 24 bit
  • Colour Depth (Internal): 48 bit
  • Fax Machine: Super G3 compatible
  • Max Transmission Speed: 33.6 Kbps
  • Total Memory Capacity: Up to 200 pages
  • Speed Dialing: 100 station(s)
  • Document Feeder Capacity: 50 sheets
  • USB, Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX
  • ScanSoft OmniPage SE 4.2, Nuance PaperPort SE 11.2, OKI LPR Power

OUR VERDICT

A small office on a budget might be able to overlook the Oki MC360's foibles, simply because it's a low-cost colour laser MFP with impressive speed. It will handle mainstream chores well enough. If you care about design or colour quality, however, you will find the MC360 disappointing in some ways.

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