Kyocera FS-C5150DN review

Very much the quintessential workgroup printer, only slightly disappointing performance prevents the Kyocera from being a real contender for the top placing in this group.

It’s something of a heavyweight, weighing in at an eye-watering 35kg. It has a huge footprint, and seems to stretch back for miles. But look at the specifications, and it’s not hard to see why.

The main paper tray is a standard (if tough) 250-sheet model, and is accompanied by a 50-sheet multipurpose feed. You can then add two 500-sheet trays. Given its incredible 1,300-sheet capacity, however, the monthly duty cycle of 50,000 pages seems low.

There’s 256MB of memory, which can be boosted to 1,280MB. Other upgrade options include an Ethernet interface in preference to USB and, for an extra £300, WiFi.

The Kyocera supports a good range of printer languages, including PCL and PostScript. It also bundles some decent software that, along with the clear menu system on the printer itself, makes the Kyocera very easy to manage. Like some of its rivals, a USB port lets you print directly from a memory stick.

The Kyocera doesn’t live up to expectations when it comes to performance though. Our tests clocked it at 18.1ppm per page of text – a creditable figure, but not up to those posted by the Canon, Epson or Xerox. The duplexing mode doesn’t place a great strain on print speeds; we recorded 12.9ppm. Importantly, the output is of good quality, with well-formed characters and dark lettering.

Colour images produced by the Kyocera are balanced, and neither too dark nor too light. Most of the details are handled competently, and the average speed recorded in our tests of 10.3ppm is solid.

OUR VERDICT

The Kyocera isn’t the fastest to get started though, and our two-page PDF took 17 seconds to print. In text terms, the Kyocera matches the Canon to offer the joint-lowest running costs here at 1.4p per page. Colour is a little more expensive at 8.6p per page, but by no means unreasonable. We also like the lengthy two-year warranty.

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