Ignore the price – incredibly low running costs Make this a winner.
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Kyocera’s submission is the second most expensive of the printers on test. It makes up for its high initial price, however, with extremely low running costs.You’ll feel the benefit of this after just 10,000 pages, at which point this printer has gone from being the dearest printer to the second cheapest. Elsewhere, there’s little this printer lacks. It has an integrated duplexer and network connectivity – essential in a high-volume laser printer. The printer’s maximum monthly duty cycle of 20,000 pages demonstrates its workgroup ambitions, and a total input volume of 370 sheets split across two trays is impressive for this money. There’s also a USB socket on the front for printing PDF files directly from flash drives – a feature that no other printer on test this month can boast.Speed is right up there with the best this month: it isn’t as quick as the Konica Minolta, but its raw throughput of 29ppm is great for the price. Even the complex graphics in our DTP documents and Excel spreadsheet failed to trip it up, dropping at its slowest to a still-swift rate of 26ppm.It does expose a weaknesswhen you examine its printouts. Our high-resolution photo montage, gradient and text tests were all dark with coarse dithering and banding throughout. Under the microscope it also became clear that at very small point sizes, text has some malformed characters. However, at normal sizes text is perfectly readable, and that’s what matters to most people. We were also impressed by the vibrancy of its blacks. But what really secures the Kyocera the overall award this month are its super-low running costs combined with a range of features, and turn of speed, that will impress all who use it.
This Review appeared in the August, 2009 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine
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