Kyocera Mita’s FS-C5150DN is a workgroup colour laser printer that’s broadly competing with the OKI C310DN and Brother’s HL-4140CN.
It’s a single-pass device, laying down black, cyan, magenta and yellow images at once to produce a full-colour sheet at the same rate as a monochrome one. It has an Ethernet port for network sharing and a built-in duplexer so it can print automatically on both sides of a sheet.
Kyocera’s low-cost printers have become more competitive, but the FS-C51SODN seems like a breakthrough. While it’s not the cheapest printer in its class, its specification is impressive, with PCL support and PostScript 3 emulation, plus support for PDF and XPS direct print. There’s a quick 667MHz processor and a generous 256MB of RAM, even if the 21 pages-per-minute speed is a shade behind the competition.
Furthermore, there’s plenty of scope to upgrade. Paper handling can be improved with one or two 500-sheet cassettes for a maximum 1,300-sheet input capacity, memory can be upgraded up to 1,280MB, and there are optional wireless network, fibre-optic and gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Read the rest of this entry »