Toshiba e-STUDIO5008A Series Review

Good: Strong speed and capacity on optional dual-scan document feeder, strong security features, three finishing options offered.
Bad: Not intended for small companies, color printing and copying is not offered, document feeders are only optional.
Bottom Line: New MFPs with strong features intended for large companies that don't need color printing or copying.
Intended Users:
e-STUDIO5008A Series
Medium, Large
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
Not applicable

Product Overview

The new e-STUDIO5008A Series joins several other MFPs as part of an overhaul of Toshiba’s product lineup. There are three devices in this series of black-and-white MFPs targeted to medium, large and enterprise businesses. They all offer standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions.

The three MFPs are:

  • The e-STUDIO3508A ($11,302), which prints and copies at 35ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 125,000 pages,
  • The e-STUDIO4508A ($13,768), which prints and copies at 45ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 150,000 pages and
  • The e-STUDIO5008A ($15,298), which prints and copies at 50ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 150,000 pages

All three MFPs has a warm-up time of 20 seconds and a first-copy-time of 3.6 seconds.

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.

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

The e-STUDIO5008A Series are powerful devices intended for medium, large and enterprise organizations that doesn’t have a need for color printing or copying.


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 and the envelope cassette, 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 faxing.

The e-STUDIO5008A 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?


The two document feeders are only available as options, whereas they’re typically offered as standard features at this level of the market.

Also, as these MFPs are intended for larger businesses,  smaller companies can check out Toshiba’s e-STUDIO2008A Series.

Companies looking for color printing and copying can check out our reviews on Toshiba’s color MFPs.


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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