Duplex printing of a 20 page document completed in two minutes three seconds, giving a typical print speed of 10 pages per minute, only a small drop off from the single-sided print speed. The mixed text and graphics print finished in just 10 seconds, aligning well with Kyocera’s claim for first page out. Finally, the 15 x 10cm photo print came out in just 14 seconds, another very good time.
The quality of all these prints is good. Emboldened text comes out dense and black, while normal text, even in quite small sizes, is clear and finely printed, with no sign of toner spatter. Business graphics, such as organisation chart symbols, come out cleanly, with only slight fluctuation in areas of continuous tone. There is little sign of banding.
Photo output, never a strong point of mono laser printers, is better here than with most machines. Printed at the FS-1030D’s top resolution of 1200dpi, detail is good. Areas of sky are reproduced without noticeable banding and detail in shadows is surprisingly good. Foreground detail is sharp and precise.
Kyocera likes to point out at any opportunity that its printers are cheaper to run than the competition. By using a lifetime drum, which doesn’t need replacement, you only have to consider the cost of toner. At under £60 for a 7,200 page cartridge, print costs work out at 1.27p per page, including 0.4p for the paper and VAT. This is indeed cheaper than many printers in the same bracket and between 0.5p and 1.8p per page less than typical mono lasers we’ve reviewed recently.
Assuming the price of the printer is around £200 (the price of the new model has still to be confirmed by Kyocera, but that’s the current retail price of the printer’s direct predecessor, the FS-1020D), the overall cost of ownership of the FS-1030D will be well below similarly priced machines.
The FS-1030D is a well designed printer which demonstrates improvements in print speed and running costs over the FS-1020D. It’s also a little smaller, which is no bad thing. Some of the covers and trays feel a little flimsy and it remains to be seen how well it stands up to general office wear and tear. With that proviso, this handy duplex printer can be recommended.