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Kyocera Mita has a strong range of mono laser printers, intended for all levels of business use and well known for their long-life photoconductor drums, which generally make them very cheap to run. The FS-1120D sits towards the lower end of the range, but still offers duplex print as standard.
There’s very little cosmetic change between the FS-1120D and other mono lasers in the company’s £100-£200 catalogue. It bears a strong resemblance to the Kyocera Mita FS-1300D, with the front top cover being the only notable departure. It’s more of an infill than a new generation machine.
There’s a 250-sheet paper tray at the bottom of the front panel and what Kyocera Mita describes on its website as a 1-sheet multi-purpose tray. This extra tray, which folds out and telescopes up from behind the front panel is, in fact, a 50-sheet tray, for letterheads and alternative media.
Pages feed out to the printer’s top cover, in the conventional way, and are grabbed back in again when printing duplex. There’s a two-stage, triangular end-stop, which you probably won’t need when printing A4 and a small window onto the top of the toner cartridge that reminds you of the consumable’s part number, though not the toner level.
The control panel consists of two buttons, for wake-up and to stop a printing job, and a ring of orange and green LEDs. These six indicators are used for status conditions, such as low paper, toner and paper jams, and flash in sequence when starting up.
That revised cover isn’t an improvement, as it’s now difficult to lift. On the review sample, we had to use more force than we felt comfortable with to get it open in order to load toner.
The drum in this printer is a lifetime component, so all you need to add is toner. The 1,000-sheet ‘starter’ toner cartridge clips in under the top cover, though the locking mechanism feels a bit flimsy, with a lot of play. The printer then performs a one-off preparation cycle, taking about 20 minutes before it’s ready to print.
Kyocera Mita provides drivers to emulate PostScript Level 3 and PCL 6, as well as its own Prescribe IIe page language. It runs under Windows, OS X, various incarnations of Linux and Unix. It’s designed to fit into most business environments with a minimum of fuss, though it only offers USB connection as standard. You have to go up a model or two, if you want network or parallel links.