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OKI MC342dnw review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £350
inc VAT

The OKI MC342dw is expensive to run and doesn't produce particularly good prints, scans or copies


OKI rates this printer for a comparatively modest 22ppm in mono or 20ppm in colour, but it comes closer to its stated speed than many rivals, helped in part by a quick time-to-first-page of just 12 seconds from standby. Our 25-page text test appeared at 20.3ppm, and our complex graphics test at an impressive 14.1ppm. Black text was excellent, with extremely precise outlines and no spattering of toner.

This printer’s unusually glossy toner lends graphical prints a characteristic rich sheen, but otherwise they aren’t great. The illustrations and presentation slides in our test looked OK, but had a warm red-brown colour bias, and in places seemed to have a subtly grainy finish. Photos were similarly warm, flattering skin tones, but the brown bias made some other prints look aged. We experimented with all the driver’s colour balance options, trying to produce more neutral prints; the best results came using the PCL driver’s Graphics Pro option, but they still weren’t ideal.

Toner supplies for the MC342dnw are rated only for 2,200 black and 1,500 colour pages, giving high toner-only running costs of 2.3p per black page and 13p for full colour – factor in longer-life consumables such as the drum kit and the black and colour total rises to 13.7p per page. That’s among the highest figures we’ve seen for a colour laser, and it’s simply too much to pay for an MFP with too little else to recommend it.

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TechnologySingle-pass colour LED
Maximum print resolution1,200x600dpi
Maximum optical scan resolution (output bit depth)1,200×1,200dpi (24 bit)
Number of colours (cartridges)4 (4)
Standard interfacesUSB, Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n USB Host
Optional interfacesNone
Dimensions (HxWxD)444x427x509mm
Duty cycle (pages per month)30,000 (max), 2,000 (recommended)
Paper handling
Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight220gsm
Standard paper trays (capacity)2 (350)
Maximum paper trays (capacity)2 (350)
Automatic Document Feeder capacity50
Supported operating systemsWindows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Android, iOS
Other featuresBacklit mono display
Buying information
WarrantyThree-year RTB
Consumable parts and pricesBelt unit 44472202 (60,000 pages) £49, fuser unit 44472603 (60,000 pages). Belt unit 44968301 (30,000 black pages, 20,000 colour pages) £83. Black toner 44973536 (2,200 pages) £52, cyan toner 44973535 (£52), magenta toner 44973534 (£54), yellow toner 44973533 (£54), 1,500 pages each.
Quoted life of supplied black toner750 pages (ISO/IEC 19798)
Quoted life of supplied colour toner750 pages (ISO/IEC 19798)
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT13.7p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (colour part)11.1p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (mono part)2.6p
Capacity of supplied drum/s (pages)30,000 pages (mono), 20,000 pages (colour)
Part code01331402