Kyocera has launched its latest mono A3 printer, the FS-6970DN, which is available now. The FS-6970DN is faster, at 35 pages per minute, than the FS-6950DN, which it replaces. Memory capacity has been increased from 64MB to 128MB, so the FS-6970DN will handle large or complex print jobs more efficiently than its predecessor. Flexibility is still key, with the option of adding up to four paper trays to increase paper capacity to 1350 sheets.
Security is also an important feature of the FS-6970DN with SSL encryption for secure printing over a network. The FS-6970DN comes with a two year on-site warranty as standard, another improvement over the FS-6950DN which is only supplied with a return to base warranty. Processor speed has been increased from 400MHz to 600MHz and first page out time is down from 23 seconds to 9 seconds.
Duplex printing is available as standard, along with network, USB and parallel connectivity, and it is possible to print pdf files directly from a USB stick. A range of optional extras are available, including a hard drive, memory upgrade to 1GB and up to 4 additional 250-sheet paper feeders. Toner capacity, as always, is generous; the FS-6970DN ships with a 7,500 page capacity cartridge and the replacement cartridges will print up to 15,000 pages. Running costs should, therefore, be typically low.
Congratulations to Kyocera for releasing a printer that is actually an improvement on the machine it is replacing; too often we find ourselves writing product launches and struggling for something to say about the new model, let alone something positive. Expect to pay a little bit more for the FS-6970DN than the FS-6950DN but, for once, you will be getting more for your money.
by Anthony Morgan