Summary

Our Score

7/10

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Kyocera Mita FS-1120D - Under Test

The FS-1120D is rated at 30ppm, which is a good speed for a printer in this class. Our five-page text print took 23 seconds, giving a very acceptable speed of 13ppm and this increased to 22.6ppm on the 20-page job. It may not reach the headline figure, but subjectively, it doesn’t feel as if you’re waiting around for prints from this machine.
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Duplex print is obviously a bit slower, but the printer still keeps up a good pace and produced our 20-side document at a speed of 13.8 sides per minute. A 15 x 10cm photo on A4 took an impressive 13 seconds.

Text print looked a little light and spindly to us, though typesetting is a subjective art, and some customers may see it as clean and free of toner artefacts. Greyscales are not good, though, with areas of solid grey fill showing banding and looking blotchy. There are sufficient tones to reproduce a range of colours, though.

Photo print, always a struggle for a mono laser, is passable, but loses quite a bit of detail when trying to reproduce dark tones. Large areas of fill, like skies, show a similar unevenness.
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The toner cartridge is not yet widely available online, so its price may still be relatively high. It has a comparatively low yield of 2,500 pages and, using the best price we could find gives a cost per ISO page of 3.13p, including 7p for paper.

While this is still not expensive compared with some of its main rivals, it doesn’t show up well against some other Kyocera Mita models. For example, the FS-1300D, only £20 more, has a page cost of 1.72p for an equivalent page.

Verdict

The FS-1120D is another good, general-purpose laser printer from Kyocera Mita, though it’s not without its foibles. It prints fast and is relatively cheap to run – probably getting cheaper as the toner price drops – but the print quality could be better and there are places where it feels a bit rough around the edges - the stiff cover and flimsy toner lock for instance.

If you’re buying for a small office, you should also weigh up the extra speed and lower running costs of this machine against the facilities available in a multifunction printer. Devices like the HP LaserJet M1132MFP, cost marginally less than this printer and offer scanning and copying as well as print.

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