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Kyocera sells a range of laser printers into the small business to enterprise market space and the FS-2000D sits at the lower end of its workgroup offerings. Its comparatively high asking price of just over £400 reflects its speed rating of 30ppm and the inclusion of a duplex facility as standard for double-sided printing.
Kyocera laser printers have always looked functional, rather than aesthetically pleasing and the FS-2000D is no exception. Its cuboid shape is relieved by a slight curve to the front of its top panel and a scallop out of the front of its paper tray, and while its computer-beige colouring is broken up by a couple of dark-slate panels, it’s still basically a big box that prints.
Paper feeds from a substantial, 500-sheet paper tray underneath and you can fit a second, identical tray below that, as an option. Above the tray is a pull-down, multipurpose feeder, which can take a further 100 sheets.
The control panel is simple and easy to use, with a diamond of four buttons plus two for Menu and OK. There are also separate Stop and Go buttons, required for initiating a standalone print. One of the interesting features of the FS-2000D is its ability to print pdf files from a USB memory key. While this may present a security issue in some companies, it can also be a useful quick extension to ‘sneakernet’ prints, when the printer isn’t networked.
We’re surprised there’s no Ethernet connection as standard on the FS-2000D, as it’s sold as a workgroup printer. Although both USB 2.0 and parallel connections are provided, networking shouldn’t be an optional extra in a mono laser costing £400.
Because of the printer’s lifetime drum and fuser assembly, the only consumable that has to be installed is the toner cartridge. To do this, you lift a flap at the front of the top cover and clip it in. The printer performs a one-off toner charge when you first switch it on, taking around five minutes, and from then on it switches regularly from work to sleep modes, in between jobs.
Software installation is primarily the Kyocera driver, which includes support for PCL and PostScript in emulation, as well as the company's own Prescribe printer language. You can install custom fonts or Prescribe scripts into optional, internal memory cards or a MicroDrive.