The printer is rated at 30ppm, which is quick for a machine at this size and class. We were fully expecting to get nowhere near these speeds, given the usual exaggeration built into printer spec sheets. In fact, though, the FS-1350DN did rather better than most. Our five-page text document took 25 seconds to complete, which is only 12ppm, but when we ran the 20-page document, this rose to nearly 23ppm.
OK, it's not 30ppm, but it's still a fair turn of speed from a laser printer in this market. The five-page text and graphics document took 19 seconds, just under 16ppm, and when we switched in the duplexer to reprint our 20-side document on 10 sheets, it gave 14.5spm.
The design of the printer means each page is fed very close on to the one before and the positioning of the output rollers means each page comes out slightly curved and so falls onto previous pages, rather than sliding along them, increasing the chance of pushing them off the front. The FS-1350DN has a triangular paper stop to prevent this, but in most cases you won't need to use it.
Text output quality is very good, with clean cut, sharp characters and no sign of jagged edges from the 1,200dpi print engine. Greyscales are a little blotchy, which is a shame, and there's some slight micro-banding on photo images. A lot of the shadow detail is lost, and overall the machine is better suited to text-based correspondence.
As you only need to buy toner, it's the cost of this consumable that governs the running costs of the entire machine. A healthy 7,200-page cartridge should set you back around £70, giving a cost per page of 1.76p, including 0.7p for paper. This is one of the lowest print costs we've seen, certainly for a laser printer costing under £250.
This is a solid, workmanlike business laser printer offering a low purchase price for its speed and low print cost. Maintenance costs will be low, too, because of the high-capacity of the toner cartridge. Text print is excellent, graphics print is fair and photo printer is a little blotchy but for its intended market, most customers will be more than happy.