Having looked at the Xerox Phaser 3435 only days ago, the release of Kyocera Mita's FS-2020D makes a good direct comparison. Both printers are small ‘team' (workgroup) mono lasers, both boast duplex print as standard and both offer USB and parallel connections. The Xerox machine also includes networking as standard and comes in with an asking price around £70 lower than the Kyocera Mita, but the FS-2020D has a couple of tricks up its hard, ceramic sleeve which might redress the balance.
Decked out in cream and ‘midnight blue', which seems more like ‘knockout black' to us, the printer sits discreetly on the desk, given its speed and capacity. That capacity is epitomised by the main paper tray, which can take a full, 500-sheet ream of paper at a time. The Xerox Phaser can only take half that, so somebody will have to attend to its needs twice as often as with this machine.
Kyocera Mita includes a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray, too, and it can handle paper up to 220gsm, more card than paper and a good deal heavier than the Xerox's 163gsm.
The FS-2020D's control panel consists of a navigation ring with an OK button in the centre, together with a menu button and two to start and stop print jobs. There's a 2-line, 16-character, backlit LCD display, for status and menu information. At the back there are sockets for USB and parallel, though for network support you need the FS-2020DN, which costs a hefty £110 more.
Driver installation is quick and easy and provides support for PCL 6 and Postscript Level 3 as standard. The driver is well laid out and includes provision for watermarks and multiple pages per sheet.
The only physical setup required is clipping the toner cartridge in place. Flip up the front part of the top cover and push the cartridge down until it clicks. There's then an automatic charging cycle, which takes around 10 minutes, as toner is fed into the machine. A waste toner bottle slides in at the side behind a hinged cover.
Kyocera Mita supplies a 6,000 page ‘starter' cartridge with the machine, so you'll have to start buying toner much sooner than if the standard, 12,000-page part were supplied. This strikes us as a rather mean move in a machine costing nearly £400.