The Kyocera Mita Ecosys FS-1350DN monochrome laser printer starts off at a disadvantage because its list price of £279 seems steep.

The entry-level Kyocera FS-1350DN printer is slow and offers mediocre graphics quality. So why consider buying it? Because of its extremely inexpensive consumables.

The Kyocera FS-1350DN printer is available only through authorised dealers, who usually sell the printer as part of a package deal with other services.

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Kyocera claims that the image drum on the Kyocera Ecosys FS-1350DN can last for hundreds of thousands of pages, so the only things you'll have to replace regularly are the toner supplies. The Kyocera FS-1350DN printer ships with a modest 3600-page starter cartridge; but using a 7200-page replacement cartridge you get a cost per page that is competitive with the best toner prices on the market, including those for high-volume laser printers.

The Kyocera FS-1350DN's control panel features a two-line, monochrome LCD with a small array of navigation and selection buttons. The advanced user's guide provides detailed but accessible instructions for using the control panel buttons and explains the meaning of the blinking cursor or question marks on the LCD when a printing error occurs.

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In its standard configuration, the Kyocera FS-1350DN offers automatic duplexing. The unit also has 250-sheet main input and output trays. The 50-sheet multipurpose tray is bendy, but its wide plastic extensions and paper guides move more easily than the ornery guides in the main tray. You can add one or two 250-sheet input trays. A USB host port and a slot for an optional CompactFlash card reader let you print directly from a portable storage device or camera.

Plodding speeds and subpar graphics quality tarnish the Kyocera FS-1350DN's performance. Kyocera claims a top speed of 32 pages per minute, but in our tests it managed a subpar 27.6 ppm. Graphics print speeds were slower than average too, and output quality was disappointing: images looked dark, grainy, and rough, with limited grayscale contrast.

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Kyocera FS-1350DN: Specs

  • Mono printer
  • ECOSYS Laser technology
  • Printer Standard Resolution: 1,200dpix1,200dpi
  • Monthly Duty Cycle: 20,000 Pages
  • Paper Size: A4, A5, A6, B5, Letter, Legal, Custom, (Max.) A4/Legal
  • Double Sided Printing Unit (Duplex)
  • Sheet Weight: 60 to 120g/Sq m
  • Paper Trays (Standard/Maximum): 2 (4)
  • Paper Handling Input 1: 250 Sheet Universal Cassette
  • Paper Handling Input 2: 50 Sheet Multi-Purpose Tray
  • Maximum Input Capacity: 300 Sheets
  • Paper Handling Standard Output: 250 Sheet (Face Down)
  • PowerPC 440 500MHz processor
  • Memory (Maximum): 128MB (1152MB) DDR2
  • Memory Slot: 1 x DIMM
  • Interface Type(s): USB/Ethernet
  • USB 2.0
  • RJ-45 ports
  • KUIO-LV slot
  • Network Ready
  • 220 to 240VAC/50 to 60Hz
  • 54dbA
  • 375x393x267mm
  • 12kg
  • Mono printer
  • ECOSYS Laser technology
  • Printer Standard Resolution: 1,200dpix1,200dpi
  • Monthly Duty Cycle: 20,000 Pages
  • Paper Size: A4, A5, A6, B5, Letter, Legal, Custom, (Max.) A4/Legal
  • Double Sided Printing Unit (Duplex)
  • Sheet Weight: 60 to 120g/Sq m
  • Paper Trays (Standard/Maximum): 2 (4)
  • Paper Handling Input 1: 250 Sheet Universal Cassette
  • Paper Handling Input 2: 50 Sheet Multi-Purpose Tray
  • Maximum Input Capacity: 300 Sheets
  • Paper Handling Standard Output: 250 Sheet (Face Down)
  • PowerPC 440 500MHz processor
  • Memory (Maximum): 128MB (1152MB) DDR2
  • Memory Slot: 1 x DIMM
  • Interface Type(s): USB/Ethernet
  • USB 2.0
  • RJ-45 ports
  • KUIO-LV slot
  • Network Ready
  • 220 to 240VAC/50 to 60Hz
  • 54dbA
  • 375x393x267mm
  • 12kg

OUR VERDICT

The underpowered Kyocera Mita FS-1350DN is a bit of an underachiever. Attractive features such as autoduplexing, direct printing, and cheap toner could make it a good fit for a small workgroup, but cheaper options are available.

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