Kyocera has been busy launching new printers over the last few months and has just released its latest offering, the FS-C5400DN, an A4 colour laser printer, which is its fastest machine yet. The new ECOSYS printer is aimed at business customers printing large volumes or with high productivity requirements and will print up to 35 pages per minute in mono and colour. The standard configuration features a 733MHz processor and 256MB RAM, which is expandable to 1Gb, plus there is the option of adding a 40Gb hard drive.
Improved controller technology allows fast data processing and provides protection against unauthorized access to confidential documents. Security features include SSL encryption, interface blocking and user restriction through IP filter. System access without a PC is also available via an improved USB host.
Kyocera makes much of the fact that its printers have been designed by F.A. Porsche and won a prestigious Red Dot award (no, we’ve never heard of it either) but it's difficult to understand why such an average-looking range of printers designed by the world's laziest car designer should have won anything.
Most people don't buy a printer because of the way it looks, though; they tend to be more interested in performance, price, running costs and, increasingly, environmental impact. The FS-C5400DN seems to fit the bill as far as performance goes and its environmental credentials are pretty solid. Kyocera's ECOSYS printers use drums and developers which are designed to last the life of the printer, reducing running costs and the amount of waste generated.
This brings us to price; the FS-C5400DN costs around £90 more than Xerox Phaser 6360dn and around £300 less than the HP Color Laserjet 4700dn. The Kyocera comes with a two year warranty as standard and is five pages per minute faster than the more expensive HP machine. However, the Xerox is five pages per minute faster than the Kyocera and has a solid reputation as an excellent workhorse printer. Kyocera might not cause Xerox too many sleepless nights but it's probably got the the Porsche-driving eco-warrior segment of the market nicely sewn up.
by Anthony Morgan