Toshiba e-STUDIO2829A Series Review

Good: Ledger-sized paper support, mobile functionality, flexible configuration.
Bad: No finishers offered even as options, color copying and printing is not supported.
Bottom Line: Compact black-and-white MFPs with robust features.
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Toshiba
e-STUDIO2829A Series
$2,803-$3,235
Small, Medium
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28 ppm
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512 MB
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Product Overview

The new e-STUDIO2829A Series join the e-STUDIO2822 Series and e-STUDIO2823AM in Toshiba’s black-and-white MFP lineup. It contains two devices: the e-STUDIO2329A ($2,803) and the e-STUDIO2829A ($3,235). The e-STUDIO2829A copies and prints at up to 28 ppm, while the e-STUDIO2329A runs at a speed of 23 ppm. Copying, printing and scanning are standard features, while faxing is optional.

Warm-up time is 18 seconds, and the first copy time is less than 6.5 seconds. While the 512 MB of memory is ample for normal use, a genuine Adobe PostScript option features an additional 512 MB boosting the overall onboard memory to 1 GB.

More details on these devices is in our Features section below.

The e-STUDIO2329A and e-STUDIO2829A provides a flexible configuration with additional paper options as well as robust features for the small-to-medium-sized business.

Features

Paper handling consists of a 250-sheet drawer and a 100-sheet bypass, which adds up to a capacity of 350 sheets. Toshiba offers more input options, such as an additional 250-sheet tray or two 550-sheet trays for a capacity of up to 1,700 sheets.

There is an optional 50-sheet reversing automatic document feeder. Output is a face-down inner paper exit tray. The devices accept up to 11″ x 17″ (ledger-size) paper. There are no finishing options.

The print function supports standard PCL and optional PostScript. USB and Ethernet are standard, while Wi-Fi is optional.

Toshiba’s e-BRIDGE Print & Capture Entry mobile app allows users with Apple iOS and Android devices to scan from and print to the e-STUDIO2822 machines.

The color scanning function can scan documents up to 22 ppm and includes scan-to-file, scan-to-email and scan-to-TWAIN. File formats supported include JPEG, TIFF (both single and multipage) and PDF (both single and multipage).

The optional faxing features come with both G3 and Super G3 compatibility as well as 6 MB of memory and JBIG compression.

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

Shortcomings

There are no finishers offered, even as options.

Also, these devices don’t support color printing or copying. Companies looking for color output may want to check out Toshiba’s color MFPs.

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: Toshiba brand sales are split nearly 50-50 between dealers and the company’s Toshiba Business Solutions division. In all, Toshiba has about 250 copier dealers, of which about 30% have Toshiba as its exclusive A3 MFP OEM partner.

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