The iColor® 600 printer featuring full color and fluorescent white toners combined with TRUE black printing in an 11"x 17" Tabloid size. The iColor 600 is the perfect solution for those who want the versatility and economy of the iColor 500, but need to create larger transfers. It's the best value on the market for full size heat transfer applications on dark and colored garments. The iColor uses a unique CMYK+Fluorescent White toner set that gives you the full, rich color of a CMYK printer plus the ability to decorate dark garments with vivid, colorful appliques and opaque whites. This unique five toner set solves problems found in other laser transfer products, and does it for hundreds less than comparable white toner printers.
Q: What type of printers are the UniNet iColor 600 and Oki Data Pro8432WT?
A: These are both tabloid-size white media transfer printers, which means they print transfer sheets measuring up to 11 inches by 17 inches using cyan, magenta, yellow, and white color toner cartridges. Media transfer sheets are used to transfer a printed design onto a garment with a heat press. The images are printed in reverse on the sheets. When they are transferred, they appear as intended. By including white toner, these printers can “overprint” a white background layer, which allows the other colors to be as vivid as possible on dark and light colored fabrics. It also allows for the printing of white graphics and text, which normal color laser printer cannot do.
Q: What price range are we talking about for the UniNet iColor 600 and Oki Data Pro8432WT?
A: Both are $7295. However, you get a lot more bang for the buck with the iColor 600.
Q: How so?
A: The UniNet iColor 600 is set up to be used in multiple ways including as a transfer printer, a traditional office laser printer, and a color+white document printer. UniNet has multiple patents allowing for this. The iColor 600 ships with the cyan, magenta, yellow, and white toners plus a black toner cartridge that can be interchanged with the white as needed. Thus, if you want to print regular color documents, you’d simply swap the white toner for the black and print just as you would with any other color laser printer. Plus, if you want to print white graphics and text on dark card stock or colored paper, you could use the three colors plus white toner to accomplish this. You’re basically getting three printers in one with the UniNet iColor 600. These options are not available on the Oki Data Pro8432WT.
In addition, the UniNet iColor 600 works with specialty toners including security toner, fluorescent toner, sublimation toner, and security toner but the Oki Data Pro8432WT does not.
The warranty on the iColor 600 is another distinguishing value. Not only is the warranty term longer (3 years instead of just 2 on the Oki Data Pro8432WT), it includes one free fuser replacement during the term whereas the fuser is not covered on the Oki Data Pro8432WT.
Q: What about cost of ownership? Is one cheaper than the other in the long run?
A: Here again, the UniNet iColor 600 has the advantage. One area in particular has to do with toner page yields. For example, the white toner cartridge on the UniNet iColor 600 yields 10,000 pages while the white toner cartridge on the Oki Data Pro8432WT yields just 4,500 pages. Moreover, the UniNet iColor 600 comes with RIP software which adds a lot of extra controls, one of which reduces the amount of white toner used per image by up to 50 percent. That results in both cost savings and softer, more durable garments because the white layer is not nearly as thick.
Q: Won’t that affect the color quality of the printed image?
A: Since the UniNet iColor 600 uses UniNet’s Absolute White Toner and RIP software, it’s not a problem. This toner is the most opaque on the market. White toner overprinting is not needed in areas of the image that have a density of 70 percent or more. The RIP software detects that, conserving white toner as a result. In contrast, when white overprinting is turned on, the Oki Data Pro8432WT produces a white overprint at 300 percent for the entire image regardless of whether it’s needed or not. The end result is an image that has a heavier feeling on the shirt and is considerably more expensive to produce.
- PRINT SPEED: Up to 8 ppm on transfer media; Up to 34 ppm on standard media
- PROCESSOR: 533 MHz
- DUTY CYCLE: 7500,000
- MEMORY: 256 MB
- RESOLUTION: 1200 x 600
- INTERFACES: 10/100 Base-T Internal Ethernet Print Server; USB 2.0
- PAPER CAPACITY: 400-sheet;
- PAPER SIZES: A3, Tabloid, A4, Letter, Legal, Executive, Banner (11.6"X52"), Envelope
- PAPER WEIGHT: 17.6"X 21.7"X 14.2" (449 mm X 552 mm X 360 mm)
- WEIGHT: 81.5 lb.
- POWER: 120v