OKI MB471w Review: Competitive Class Addition

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Service & Support
      • 7
      • Print Quality
      • 9
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 6
      • Performance / Print Speed
      • 8
      • Features
      • 8
      • Operational Costs
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 7.67
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Quality prints
    • Affordable
    • Good blend of features
  • Cons

    • Less intuitive menus
    • Lack of mobile print offerings

Quick Take

Small businesses and workgroups should consider the OKI MB471 and MB471w a worth competitor in their class.

You might not have realized it because you were blinded by the war of the Smartphones (Android, iPhone and BlackBerry), but there is a competition going on in another sector of the business world and it\’s for the top print fleet.

And in the battle for top monochrome laser-class multifunction printer, there could be a new challenger in the OKI MB471 and MB471w of the MB401 series of monochrome MFPS.

\"OKIThese LEDS are setting a new bar for a mixture of diverse business features, quality and affordability, beating out almost all of the competition in the initial cost affordability sector expect for Brother and hanging neck and neck with the rest in the other areas.

And, as I\’m sure the other manufacturers would argue, each printer brings a different feel (hence the reflection in price) and some would still beat out the OKI MB471 and MB471w depending on the office environment and the various needs within.

But the MB471 and MB471w still bring something to the table with four reliable devices – print, scan, copy and fax – as well as average print and copy speeds up to 35 ppm with a first page out in six seconds during our tests, a front side USB port, 350-sheet standard paper capacity and built-in networking (wireless on the MB471w).

The quality was great, but that\’s sort of a no brainer in this field as monochrome laser text should be excellent or else get the boot. OKI offers two toner saver levels for businesses to choose from and both are worthy of use in a professional environment.

A big draw is going to be the 50-sheet reverse automatic document feeder, a nearly nonexistent feature on the competition in the MB471 and MB471w\’s class, as well as the speedy duplexing times.

The MB471 and MB471w lose a little ground in the control panel and mobile print area, especially to HP with their awesome touchscreens, web-connected applications and ePrint technology.  The menus are less intuitive than I\’ve seen on the competition although the adjustable 3.5-inch LCD is a plus. Overall, the MB471 and MB471w are worthy competitors and definitely deserve consideration when pricing out your next laser-class MFP.



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