The integration between office photocopier and computer printer is pretty much complete and the latest generation of multi-function devices looks very serviceable. Kyocera Mita's FS-1116MFP includes mono laser printing, copying, scanning and fax in a single, well-styled device.
Coloured in cream with black and silver highlights, the FS-1116MFP looks every inch the personal office machine it's intended to be. At the top is an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), with an unusually steep rake to the feed tray, where you can load up to 50 sheets for a batch scan. This makes the machine rather taller than most in its group, but it's also easier to remove scanned sheets from the ADF output tray.
The businesslike control panel is divided into four main areas. On the left are speed dial buttons for the fax facility and collation and combination options for its copier function. In the centre is a 2-line by 16-character, backlit LCD display and controls to work through the machine's menu system, plus three, big illuminated mode selectors for scanning, copying and fax. Finally, on the right, there's a number pad for dialling, a button to select EcoPrint and two others to start and stop copy and scan jobs.
The scanner and control panel section of the machine lifts up for access to the top of the laser printer and to allow for the printer cover to be lifted. This cover reveals a single toner cartridge, which clips in simply at the front. Like most Kyocera Mita machines, the developer drum is a lifetime component and all you pay for is toner.
At the bottom of the front panel is a 250-sheet paper tray and a single-sheet multi-purpose feeder pulls up from the front lip of the tray and unfolds out, when you need it. This is a neater solution than some, but also slightly more fiddly. At the back are sockets for mains power, USB 2.0 data, a phone line and a through feed to a telephone handset.
Fitting the toner cartridge and paper into the machine is very simple and the ADF support and paper stop clip on to the top of the scanner easily too. Software installation is relatively straightforward, though the instructions tell you to plug-in the USB cable before starting the software installation, which means Windows' own device setup software gets in the way and causes some confusion. It would be better, like most other printer makers, if Kyocera Mita instructed you to plug-in only after the software drivers had been installed.