Olivetti isn't a name we've mentioned before in PC Advisor. Given the Italian's company's long history in the printer market, this is somewhat surprising. Or maybe not, for while it has plenty to recommend it, the Any_Way struggles to really stand out.

The Olivetti's most distinctive feature is its wireless suitability. The Any_Way can be slipped straight into an IEEE 802.11b/g network. And Bluetooth connectivity is supported, alongside the useful features of a memory card drive and PictBridge port.

As with most MFDs (multifunction devices) the Olivetti has a 1,200x1,200 print resolution that, with the help of the drivers, can be boosted to 4,800x1,200dpi. The 100-sheet paper tray isn't particularly large, although we didn't experience any problems with the paper-feeding mechanism.

As a text printer, the Olivetti is adequate. The character definition is slightly fuzzy, but the output is quite attractive to the eye. Similarly, 2.3ppm (pages per minute) real-world speed isn't brilliant, but it's not bad for an MFD. Speed is more of an issue with colour graphics – you'll need to drop down to 0.8ppm to get decent prints.

The highest colour mode – which, while pleasing to the eye, still lacks the sparkle of models such as the HP PSC 1610 – gives speeds of 0.4ppm.

As a scanner, the Olivetti is decent, but not particularly outstanding. The strong software bundle includes ScanSoft's OmniPage SE, but the scan speeds are slightly slower than the HP PSC 1610, giving less convincing reproduction.

Olivetti Any_Way Photo Wireless: Specs

  • Max print resolution 4,800x1,200dpi
  • optical scanner resolution 1,200x1,200dpi
  • quoted print speed B=18ppm C=13ppm
  • actual speed B=6.5ppm C=2ppm
  • USB 1.1/USB 2.0
  • Wi-Fi
  • ink costs B=£22.99 C=£22.99
  • flash memory drive
  • digicam port
  • 1-year warranty
  • 339x462x196mm
  • 7.5kg
  • Max print resolution 4,800x1,200dpi
  • optical scanner resolution 1,200x1,200dpi
  • quoted print speed B=18ppm C=13ppm
  • actual speed B=6.5ppm C=2ppm
  • USB 1.1/USB 2.0
  • Wi-Fi
  • ink costs B=£22.99 C=£22.99
  • flash memory drive
  • digicam port
  • 1-year warranty
  • 339x462x196mm
  • 7.5kg

OUR VERDICT

The Any_Way is a proficient MFD, but doesn't quite cut it. Specifications aren't spectacular but performance is generally adequate.