Pros Speed, Print Finish
Cons Size, ability to print graphics
Summary I bought this printer for my advertising business not expecting to print pictures but expecting to print sell sheets and design approvals. For the sell sheets, the printer is excellent, especially when the colors printed are solid. The printer fell short on printing images (not complex ones). Pictures showed too many pixels and were rough around the edges. These images were printed from a web page, so they weren't high-quality and we tried just about every printer setting. I've been told by a Xerox guy that this printer is better than most color lasers, so I'll probably look to one of the HP's for graphics printing, and keep this one for sell sheets. I gave this printer an 8 because the images should be printed better. Another excellent printer to consider is the Xerox 8500 solid ink printer.
Pros Easy to maintain
Cons Duplex add-on pricey
Summary This is my third Okidata Laser Printer. I work them hard and keep them until they die. I have owned an Okidata 5150c for over a year. It has been a very dependible product. It's fast, easy to use, and it produces BEAUTIFUL output. GREAT warrenty service! My first duplexer died after 7 months. I called Okidata at about 3:00 PM and received a replacement by 9:30 AM the next day. Toner and image drums are easy to replace. Overall great printer.
Pros Glossy, rich, SHARP prints. Very fast, very quiet, reasonable toner costs.
Optional duplexer makes putting reports together quick and easy, HOWEVER, I would suggest the 256mb or at the very least the 64mb memory upgrade with the duplexer.
Cons Doesn't like 110lb cardstock, but advertised that it would print on it. (From manual feeder or paper tray).
Summary I've owned this printer since it was new in 2005. I bought it from Office Depot when it was $799 with a $200 instant rebate. I have since put about 23,000 prints through it, mainly color. The only consumables I've had to replace - other than toner - are the drums (one for each color) and I was able to get them off ebay (all 4) for about $250. Not cheap, but it is something that will not need to be replaced that often.
The service manual states that the MTBF is 40,000 copies, with a useful service life of 420,000 copies. That in itself tells you this printer was built to last.
It seems like it's almost overengineered for a consumer-grade product. I used to own an old $5000 HP Color Laserjet 5M for workgroup printing (see: Tank), and this feels built up to par of said printer. It feels solid because it is. It is an amazing printer and it's such a shame that they quit making it.
Toner is no longer carried by places like office depot, staples, etc. anymore (I bought the remaining toner from them locally when they were on "clearance") but can be easily had on eBay for pretty reasonable.
I would HIGHLY recommend that you NOT use the "compatible" toner in these printers, as my experience with them is that the sharpness of the prints suffers quite a bit then. The OEM/Genuine OKI toners work well in this printer. (I own several other printers which "compatible" toner works fine, like a Samsung CLX-3160FN...just not in the C5500n).
Pros Excellent print quality prior to driver issue
Cons No working drivers for 10.5.2
Summary Recently upgraded OS, then experience serious print issues. Contacted OKI, they looked into the problem but have no resolve. They responded: "At this point, I am not able to offer you any solution other than the print as image." (which is not an option for multi-page documents!)
Pros Clear, crisp text, color photos and strong dependability
Cons Finicky with color photos; Most need manual color adjustment
Summary We bought this (actually, the C5800, which is capable of duplex printing) to do color brochures on 32 pound glossy paper. To date, it has paid for itself. Bought at Office Depot, who were very helpful. The price was high and the "$150 rebate" still has not come (9 months now!), but it is literally click and print. Had to work with digital color photos some to get the nack for adjusting brightness, etc, to get the best brochure outcome. I chose NOT to attempt what seems to be a complex series of "color swatches", using another piece os software to set up photos to print at the right color intensity.
Cartridges are also pricey, but aren't all color lasers?
All in all, I'd rate the machine at a 9.5+ for doing what it is designed to do.
Excellent choice for the "long haul."