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OKI B4100

Design and Ergonomics

The printer from Oki Electric Industry measures about the same as the Brother HL-2040, but has a few prominent parts both at the front and back. In other words, it takes quite a lot of space on your desk.

The printer’s case is made of white plastic with a blue insert. The wavy top panel reduces the depth of the device visually. The output slit is closer to the middle rather than to the back as with the other models. The input tray is in the bottom of the case. Like the Lexmark printer, the Oki B4100 has a mechanical load indicator: the red marker goes up when the tray is full and down when the tray is empty.

An extensible support with a folding ledge is meant to accumulate the printouts, but this gadget is only useful when you are printing a big number of sheets at a time.

A per-sheet feed slot is located behind the front cover. It has adjustable guides and a width scale with the most popular formats marked up. The medium is to be inserted face up.

On the back panel of the case there is also a pullout support with a folding limiter. This support is meant for dense types of media like thick cardboard or plastic with special coating when the printer is using the straight paper path. By the way, the Oki B4100 is the single printer in this review with a correctly designed straight printing path.

 
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