OKI's C711WT: a printer that prints white

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OKI's C711WT: a printer that prints white

Why would you even need to print white? Click to find out why you might use the OKI C711WT printer.

OKI has just released the $2,739.29 (that's excluding GST) OKI C711WT, an A4 LED (similar to laser) printer that can print white.

The OKI C711WT uses cyan, magenta, yellow and white toners. Rather than leaving any white areas empty, it covers them with white toner. Black is obtained by mixing the other three colours.
How is this different to regular printers?
Most colour laser printers use four toners - cyan, magenta, yellow and black.
For most office printing jobs that's fine, as it allows most colours to be reproduced (the exact gamut varies between models) and the black toner gives a true black  - for example, for printing text or when printing in greyscale.
But CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK [or Key]) assumes you're printing on white paper. What happens when that's not the case?
For example, what do you do when you need to print on coloured or transparent stock, or preparing iron-on transfers for use on colour fabrics.
The answer is that you need a printer that can print in white.
OKI suggests the C711WT is particularly suited to the production of display material, bespoke stationery, concepts, T-shirts or promotional merchandise, and that it is sufficiently cheap and flexible to be considered for in-house use.
Here is a video we found online showing the OKI being used to create a custom colour print on a t-shirt using tranfser paper:
Sure, not every business needs one, but if you work in one that does, you might be more interested in the C711WT.
Here are the specs, provided by OKI:
Print Speed: A4: 34ppm A colour
Maximum paper capacity: 1,690 sheets of 80gsm
Time to first print (TTFP): 9 seconds
Warm up Time: Up to 60 seconds from power on and up to 35 seconds from power save
Processor speed: 533MHz
Connectivity: Hi-Speed USB, 10/100-TX Ethernet
Printer language: PostScript 3 emulation
Network & protocols: All major network protocols supported via Ethernet card with internal web server for printer and network card set-up and management.


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