Toshiba e-STUDIO2000AC Series Review

Good: Powerful processor and memory, a wealth of paper-handling options, strong security features.
Bad: Document feeder is only available as an option, not intended for large businesses.
Bottom Line: New color MFPs for the small business that need color printing, as well as copying, scanning and faxing needs.
Vendor:
Product:
Price:
Intended Users:
Toshiba
e-STUDIO2000AC/2500AC
$5,339-$6,895
Small businesses
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
Processor:
Memory:
20ppm-25ppm
20ppm-25ppm
1.33GHz
4GB

Product Overview

The new e-STUDIO2000AC Series joins several other MFPs as part of an overhaul of Toshiba’s product lineup. There are two devices in this series of color MFPs targeted to small offices. They both offer standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions.

The two MFPs are:

  • The e-STUDIO2000AC ($5,339), which prints and copies at 20ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 67,200 pages and
  • The e-STUDIO2500AC ($6,895), which prints and copies at 25ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 84,000 pages

Both MFPs has a warm-up time of 21 seconds and a first-copy-time of 9.5 seconds in color.

The machines run off of Toshiba’s latest generation e-BRIDGE Next controller that includes a 1.33GHz processor, 4GB of memory and a 320GB self-encrypting hard drive. PCL, PostScript, XPS and JPEG printing languages are included. Standard USB and Ethernet connectivity is supported and Toshiba offers optional wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. Mobile printing is supported via the e-BRIDGE Print & Capture app on Apple and Android devices.

The MFPs feature a 9″ control panel that tilts and include touchswipe functionalities, much like a tablet. It includes a customizable web browser.

There is also a e-BRIDGE color profile tool that lets users create profiles that adjust color output on various types of paper.

More information on the devices is in our Features section below.

The e-STUDIO2000AC Series are powerful devices intended for small businesses looking for a color MFP but don’t necessarily need the high-end features.

Features

Paper handling starts with a 250-sheet drawer and a 100-sheet bypass for a standard capacity of 350 sheets. Toshiba offers optional paper trays that adds up to a maximum of 2,900 sheets. These include a 550-sheet paper feed unit, a 550-sheet paper feed pedestal, an additional 550-sheet drawer for the paper feed pedestal, a 550-sheet envelope cassette that holds up to legal-sized paper and a 2,000-sheet large capacity feeder. With the exception of the large capacity feeder and the envelope cassette, the other trays accept up to ledger-sized (11″ x 17″) paper.

There is an optional 100-sheet reversing automatic document feeder (RADF). Automatic duplexing is supported.

There are a few finishing options. First, there is the inner finisher that includes 50-sheet multiposition stapling. Second, there is also a finisher that staples and saddlestitches up to 50 sheets. There is an optional 2/3-hole punch unit for each finisher. And finally, there is a job separator for batch printing.

The scanning function supports many file formats, such as TIFF, PDF, XPS and JPEG. Toshiba’s e-FILING features one public box and 200 private user boxes for document management. Each box holds up to 100 folders and each folder holds up to 400 documents. Users can optionally add connectors to SharePoint and Google Docs for printing and scanning needs.

The faxing function utilizes a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression. It includes both G3 and Super G3 compatibility, as well as up to 100 pages of memory and second line fax.

The e-STUDIO2000AC Series includes strong security features, such as user authentication, disk overwrite, IP Address filtering and LDAP.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The document feeder is available only as an option – it’s typically offered as a standard feature at this level of the market. Also, this series is intended for small businesses – larger businesses can check out our review on the Toshiba e-STUDIO5005AC Series.

About

Toshiba has been on the upswing in the office copier business, thanks to a steadily improving product line.

Although it may be among the smaller forces in copiers, the company as a whole is much larger than most of its competitors.

Toshiba handouts include Fortune corporate rankings indicating that its global revenues across all product lines are about the same as those of Canon, Ricoh and Xerox combined.

Product line: In recent years, Toshiba has been raising its copier profile both by re-energizing its U.S. marketing and by becoming more innovative with its products. Its line of e-STUDIO models is quite strong, and the company is starting to make an impact on the market.

Toshiba distribution: Almost all of Toshiba’s brand sales are currently through dealers. However, Toshiba has a subsidiary that has steadily been acquiring dealerships in certain markets to operate them as wholly owned subsidiaries. In all, Toshiba has about 302 copier dealers, of which about 64% handle Toshiba exclusively. Toshiba also sells through its wholly owned Toshiba Business Solutions subsidiaries.

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