Kyocera Mita – FS-2000D review

duplexing workgroup laser with low running costs
Photo of Kyocera Mita – FS-2000D
£370 + VAT

The FS-2000D sits at the bottom end of Kyocera Mita’s workgroup range of mono laser printers. It has quite a large footprint for an A4 printer, and lines that don’t try to hide its function; it’s big and square. The comparatively high asking price is down to its rated print speed and its built-in duplex facility.

Paper feeds in from a high-capacity, 500-sheet paper tray at the bottom of the machine – a second 500-sheet tray is available as an option – and out onto the printer’s top surface in the normal way. There’s also a multipurpose feeder, which you can fold down from the front and fill with up to 100 more sheets.

A simple control panel offers a two line, 16-character LCD display, with a diamond of control buttons and two others for initiating and cancelling print jobs. One of the extra features of this printer is a facility to print PDF files directly from a memory stick. As long as company security doesn’t prohibit this, it can be a very effective printing shortcut.

At the back of the printer are sockets for USB 2 and parallel connections, but there’s no Ethernet networking as standard. That’s disappointing: we feel that a workgroup printer at this price should be networkable straight out of the box.

The FS-2000D is rated at 30ppm, and although we could only produce about half this speed with our test prints, it’s still pretty quick, particularly since we recorded it printing mixed text and graphics pages. Nearly all printer manufacturers quote draft text print speeds, because all their competitors do.

Printing duplex pages, where each sheet is taken back into the printer to have its second side printed, slows the FS-2000D, but only to 13ppm, which is still very respectable.

Print quality is not as good as we’ve seen from other Kyocera mono lasers. Text print showed some spattering and we had problems with some greyscale pages not printing in as many grey shades as required. Photographic images also showed noticeable banding. While these effects were not severe, we have seen better mono laser output, particularly from other Kyocera printers.

One of the strengths of Kyocera Mita devices is their low running costs. This is because they have lifetime drum and fuser units and all you pay for is the toner you use. In the case of the FS-2000D, a 5,000-page (at 5 percent coverage) toner cartridge costs £58, giving a cost per page of just over a penny. This rates as one of the lowest page costs we’ve seen from any printer.

Company: Kyocera Mita

Contact: 0845 710 3104


Verdict
This is another Kyocera Mita printer with a very low cost of ownership. However, TCO is only one measure of a printer and the print quality we saw was not up to the company's usual standard. We would also have expected a mono laser costing over £400 (inc. VAT) to have had a network connection as standard.