Review Price £478.04
Kyocera Mita is best known for its business laser printers and multifunction machines, and for the life of its photoconductor drums, which often last as long as the machines they’re fitted to. The drum in the FS-3920DN is specified at 300,000 pages, but Kyocera Mita allows for two replacements, expecting this machine to print the best part of a million pages in some installations.
As well as being long-lived, the printer is rated at 40ppm and that’s one of the main reasons for its £500+ price. It’s a substantial machine, but not massive and looks functional in its cream and dark grey livery.
Its simple control panel uses a four-way wheel of menu controls with other buttons to start and stop jobs, but there’s no number pad for secure walk-up printing. This is a little odd, as there is a front panel USB socket, which can take PDF files from a USB drive and print them directly. Basic security and simple workgroup accounting would both benefit from being able to enter a PIN before printing jobs.
The 2-line by 16-character backlit LCD is mounted on a small Toblerone-shaped protrusion, which also carries status indicators in its top edge. The shape of the panel makes it easier to see across an office, if the printer needs attention.
The main paper tray at the bottom of the front panel can take a whole ream of paper (500 sheets) at once, which is a good capacity for this class of machine, and there’s a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray which folds down from above this. That’s not all, as you can add a further three, 500-sheet trays beneath the machine and there’s an optional envelop feeder, too. This is a very expandable printer, which can easily grow as a business expands.
At the back are sockets for USB, 10/100 Ethernet and legacy parallel connections, so you should be able to integrate the FS-3920DN into most offices. Kyocera provides drivers for Windows and OSX, with Unix and Linux code available on request and the printer comes with both PCL and PostScript page description languages in emulation.