Toshiba e-STUDIO8508A Series Review

Good: Strong speed and capacity on dual-scan document feeder, 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 four new black-and-white MFPs intended for very large offices or production environments.
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Product Overview

The new e-STUDIO8508A Series joins several other MFPs as part of an overhaul of Toshiba’s product lineup. There are four devices of black-and-white MFPs targeted to very large offices and production-level environments. They all offer standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions.

The four MFPs are:

  • The e-STUDIO5508A, which prints and copies at 55ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 520,000 pages,
  • The e-STUDIO6508A, which prints and copies at 65ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 590,000 pages,
  • The e-STUDIO7508A, which prints and copies at 75ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 660,000 pages, and
  • The e-STUDIO8508A, which prints and copies at 85ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 720,000 pages.

All four MFPs has a warm-up time of roughly 20 to 24 seconds and has a variety of first-copy-time that range from 4.1 seconds to 5.2 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-STUDIO8508A Series are very powerful devices intended for the production environment or offices with very high-volume copying and printing needs.

Features

Paper handling starts with a capacity of 3,520 sheets that consists of two 540-sheet drawers, a tandem large capacity feeder of two 1,160 trays and 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 trays accept up to ledger-sized (11″ x 17″) 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 33.6kbps 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-STUDIO8508A 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-STUDIO8508A 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.

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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