Toshiba e-STUDIO3505AC Series Review

Good: Strong speed and capacity on optional dual-scan document feeder, strong security features, three finishing options offered.
Bad: Document feeders are only available as an option, not intended for large businesses.
Bottom Line: Color MFPs with strong features for the small-to-medium-sized markets.
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Toshiba
e-STUDIO3505AC Series
$14,501-$20,729
Small, Medium
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25ppm-35ppm
25ppm-35ppm
1.33GHz
4GB
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Product Overview

The new e-STUDIO3505AC Series joins several other MFPs as part of an overhaul of Toshiba’s product lineup. There are three devices in this series of color MFPs targeted to small and medium businesses. They all offer standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions.

The three MFPs are:

  • The e-STUDIO2505AC ($14,051), which prints and copies at 25ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 75,000 pages,
  • The e-STUDIO3005AC ($16,277), which prints and copies at 30ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 90,000 pages and
  • The e-STUDIO3505AC ($20,729), which prints and copies at 35ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 105,000 pages

Note that the speeds are for both black and color and that the duty cycle mentioned above reflects the color speed.

All three MFPs has a warm-up time of 20 seconds and a first-copy-time of 7.8 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-STUDIO3505AC Series are powerful devices intended for small and medium organizations that have color printing and copying needs.

Features

Paper handling starts with two 550-sheet drawers and a 100-sheet bypass for a standard capacity of 1,200 sheets. Toshiba offers optional paper trays that adds up to a maximum of 3,200 sheets. These include a 550-sheet paper feed pedestal, a 550-sheet drawer, 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, the envelope cassette and one of the 550-sheet drawers, the other trays accept up to ledger-sized (11″ x 17″) paper.

There are two optional document feeders: one is a 100-sheet reversing automatic document feeder (RADF) and the other is a 300-sheet dual-scan document feeder (DADF). The document feeders allow for color scanning and the 300-sheet document feeder scans both sides of a page (at up to 240ipm duplex) in a single pass.

There are a few finishing options. First, there is the inner finisher that includes 50-sheet multiposition stapling. Second, there is a console finisher with 50-sheet multiposition stapling. And 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-STUDIO3505AC 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 feeders are available only as an option – they’re typically offered as a standard feature at this level of the market. Also, this series is intended for small and medium 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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