One step up from Kyocera Mita’s entry-level mono laser printers are machines like the FS-1370DN. Its main claims to fame are faster speed, increased expandability and lower running costs. In physical terms, it looks very similar to printers like the FS-1120D, though with a revised control panel binnacle on the right-hand side of the output tray.
The case, in cream and black, is angular and conventional, but should fit into most office environments without any aesthetic clash. A 250-sheet paper tray at the bottom of the front panel is supplemented by a 50-sheet multipurpose tray, which folds down and pulls out telescopically from just above the main tray.
A further two, 250-sheet trays can be fitted underneath the printer as options, giving a maximum paper capacity of 800 sheets. The flip-up, triangular paper stop at the end of the output tray on top of the machine frames the part number on the top of the toner cartridge inside, through a transparent window. This is handy if you can never remember what to order.
The control panel itself uses a thin ring of menu controls with an OK button in the centre, plus large orange and green stop and start buttons. The 2-line, 16-character, backlit LCD display is slanted up at an angle to make it easier to read, though without the backlight on in sleep mode, the word 'Sleeping' is virtually unreadable.
There are three LEDs, indicating Ready, Data and Attention, mounted at the top of the ridge holding the display, making them particularly easy to see from across an office. Two small sockets at the back connect USB and Ethernet, as the printer is network-ready out-of-the-box.
The front cover lifts to reveal space for the toner cartridge. As with most Kyocera Mita mono lasers, the drum and fuser are lifetime components and toner is the only consumable you have to replace. Plugging in the supplied starter cartridge, which has a capacity of 2,300 pages, starts a charging cycle that takes around 15 minutes. Once this is complete, the machine is ready to print.
The FS-1370DN comes with both PCL6 and PostScript Level 3 in emulation, and with drivers for a number of different platforms, including Windows, OS X and Linux, is very flexible in connection terms. There are also drivers for Kyocera Mita's own page description language, Prescribe.