Kyocera Mita takes its office print technology from simple personal laser printers all the way up to full departmental, multifunction print stations. The FS-3140MFP sits nearer to the top than the bottom, as a workgroup device designed to print, copy, scan and fax in single or double-sided print modes. It has a high rated speed and its mono laser print engine benefits from Kyocera Mita's lifetime ceramic drum, which keeps print costs down to the price of replacement toner.
As you might expect, this is a substantial printer, which is just about usable on a desk, but would be more convenient mounted on one of the company’s print stands. This is certainly true if you intend to add any of up to three, 500-sheet extra paper trays, which can convert this machine into a small departmental multifunction. As it is, it has a main 500-sheet tray and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray above, which folds down from the front panel.
The Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) on top of the flatbed scanner can take documents of up to 50-sheets and is fully duplex, speedily scanning both sides of a document on request.
The control panel runs the full width of the machine, but is still busy with buttons. As well as the three, illuminated mode buttons for copy, send and fax, there are 22 single-click fax buttons, a numeric pad, a circular disc of menu navigation controls and large coloured buttons for Start and Stop functions.
Additionally there are four light blue buttons at the right-hand end of the control panel, which can take programmed functions to expand the range of use of the machine. The first of these is set by default to copy ID cards – both sides onto a single A4 sheet.
The fully bitmapped, backlit LCD display is big enough to show three or four lines of menu options at once and is also used to display icons and other graphics when needed.
Underneath the control panel to the right of the paper output tray is a USB socket, which can take USB drives, though not PictBridge cameras. A USB drive can be used to receive scanned images or to print from. The FS-3140MFP can print PDF files directly from USB, though oddly not common graphics files, like JPEG and TIF. At the back are USB and Ethernet sockets, as well as connections for fax line and an optional third-party handset.
The only consumable is toner and this slots in through the top of the printer section of the machine, once you've folded down the top of the front panel. This process also lifts the front of the top panel.
Our review printer came without its driver CD, so we downloaded both PCL and PostScript L3 emulations from the Kyocera Mita site. The machine supports Windows, OS X and there are downloadable drivers for Linux, too.