A workgroup printer has to be quick, reliable and cheap to run, as well as producing good quality print. This Kyocera Mita machine can manage three, out of those four. The one it’s not so hot on is print speed. While it’s rated at 26ppm in both black and colour, we didn’t see more than 19ppm and for shorter documents, we couldn’t beat 10ppm.
This is because of its long warm-up time, which can be up to 30s. Although not measuring the ISO speed tests quoted by the printer’s maker, warm-up time can make a lot of difference to productivity, as even in a busy office – most print jobs will start with the printer asleep.
The device looks a bit top-heavy, as the full duplex scanner is noticeably wider than the laser printer underneath. With a duplex scanner, the FS-C2526MFP can copy a double-sided original item, which is something a ‘duplex’ multifunctional device cannot. Here, duplex print can be set as default, saving paper costs.
The well-equipped control panel includes a 110mm touchscreen, as well as physical controls, such as a numeric pad and Start and Stop buttons. As well as standard control functions, the device can store your favourite settings – perhaps you regularly copy documents into booklet form, for example – so they can be invoked with a couple of touches. Oddly, the machine doesn’t wake up when you touch the screen – you have to tap the power button.
There’s a 250-sheet paper tray and 50-sheet multi-purpose tray as standard, where you can add one or two further 500-sheet trays as an option. A front-panel USB port can be used for direct printing from and scanning to a USB drive, too. At the back, the printer supports USB and 10/100 Ethernet connections.
Print quality is good, with crisp black text and bold, resonant colours from the 600dpi print engine. Draft mode is good enough for internal documents and the device even makes a fair attempt at printing photos, something at which colour lasers are traditionally poor.
One of the big advantages of Kyocera Mita devices is that they have lifetime photoconductor drums, so the only consumables are toner. With the high capacity cartridges offered here – 6,000 pages for colour and 7,000 pages for black – running costs come out at 1.4p for ISO black pages and 6.0p for ISO colour. These are both low, even in comparison with other devices in this price range.
Company: Kyocera Mita
Contact: 0845 710 3104
- Full duplex and low-price consumables make it cheap to run.
- Slow warm-up implies water-cooler moments by the printer.
Kyocera Mita’s FS-C2526MFP is a well-equipped colour laser multifunction with full duplex scan and copy, as well as print features. It’s cheap to run, thanks to its lifetime drum. It is also sufficiently expandable, where it should be able to grow as a business grows. Start up from sleep is slow, which may be irritating if copying is a big percentage of its workload.