Toshiba e-STUDIO7516AC Series Review

Good: Elevate touchscreen interface with customizable one-touch functions, strong security features, 3,520 sheets of standard paper capacity with option to max out at 6,020 sheets.
Bad: Not inteded for small or medium-sized businesses.
Bottom Line: A series of new color MFPs intended for very large offices or production environments.
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e-STUDIO7516AC Series
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Large, Enterprise
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65 ppm-85 ppm
55 ppm-75 ppm
1.75 GHz
4 GB

Product Overview

The Toshiba e-STUDIO7516AC Series replace the older e-STUDIO7506AC devices in Toshiba’s lineup. The devices include upgrades and new features, such as the latest-generation e-BRIDGE Next controller and an upgraded user interface called Elevate.

Elevate is a larger interface than Toshiba’s previous touchscreen. At 10.1″, the touchscreen works like a tablet and includes an embedded web browser and customizable one-touch icons for common workflows. Those one-touch functions include single copy, email PDF file and copy and staple, to name a few. Businesses can customize the functions to suit their needs.

Elevate also comes with sample user interface design templates to reflect the company’s industry, such as healthcare, legal or education. For a company that needs a specific type of user interface, Toshiba’s service team provides a customizable design template.

The e-STUDIO7516AC Series targets very large offices and production-level environments. They all offer standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions.

The three MFPs are:

  • The e-STUDIO5516AC, which prints and copies at 55 ppm in color (65 ppm in black) and has a monthly duty cycle of 480,000 pages,
  • The e-STUDIO6516AC, which prints and copies at 65 ppm in color (75 ppm in black) and has a monthly duty cycle of 540,000 pages, and
  • The e-STUDIO7516AC, which prints and copies at 75 ppm in color (85 ppm in black) and has a monthly duty cycle of 600,000 pages.

Warmup speed for all three MFPs is about 20 seconds and the first-copy-time in color range from 5.4 to 6.4 seconds.

The machines run off of Toshiba’s latest generation e-BRIDGE Next controller that includes a 1.75 GHz processor, 4 GB of memory and a 320 GB 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.

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

The e-STUDIO7516AC Series are very powerful devices intended for the production environment or offices with very high-volume color copying and printing needs.

Features

Paper handling starts with a capacity of 3,520 sheets that consists of a tandem of two 540-sheet drawers and a large capacity feeder of two 1,160 trays, as well as a 120-sheet bypass. Users can add an optional 2,500-sheet large capacity feeder for a maximum capacity of 6,020 sheets. With the exception of the two large capacity feeders (which accepts 8.5″ x 11″ size only), the other drawers accept up to 12″ x 18″ paper and the bypass accepts up to 13″ x 19″ paper.

There is a standard 300-sheet dual-scan document feeder (DADF). The document feeder allow for color scanning and 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 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 side exit tray.

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 33.6 kbps 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-STUDIO7516AC Series includes strong security features, such as user authentication (that supports up to 10,000 users or 1,000 departments), disk overwrite, IP Address filtering and LDAP.

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

Shortcomings

The e-STUDIO7516AC Series is intended for environments with very high-volume printing or copying needs. Smaller businesses should check out our review on Toshiba’s other MFPs intended for those markets.

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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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