Kyocera Mita has a reputation for producing mono laser printers with a very low cost of ownership. It also produces colour machines though and the FS-C5015N is one of its latest small workgroup machines, designed for business. The Kyocera Mita website actually says the machine is not intended for graphics professionals, but then most graphics professionals would go for an ink-jet anyway.
The FS-C5015N is a tall, deep machine, with the height resulting in part from a substantial 500-sheet paper tray and the depth from the in-line, colour laser engine inside. As well as the main paper tray, to which you can add a second of the same capacity as an option, there's a pull-down, multifunction tray, which can take an extra 100 sheets of special media and you can add a duplexing unit as a second option.
The simple control panel includes buttons for starting and stopping print tasks, calling up the menu and navigating through it. The two-line, 16-character LCD display is backlit, but there's a distracting shadow at its right-hand end and a lot of reflection from the high-gloss surface of the display panel.
At the rear are sockets for USB and Ethernet, both of which are standard on this model.
Setting the printer up is very simple. Fit the four toner cartridges into their respective slots under the top cover and slot the waste toner bottle in behind a cover on the left-hand side. You can drop the cartridges into the wrong slots, which is distracting, though you can’t lock them in place.
Software installation is straightforward, with the Kyocera Mita driver providing all you need from the printer. It includes support for multiple pages per sheet, poster prints, scaling, printing documents with covers and adding watermarks.
Kyocera Mita rates the FS-C5015N as a 16ppm printer on both black and colour modes. On our test documents, it produced speeds of 7.7ppm and 7.3ppm for black and colour pages, respectively, under half the claimed speeds. Kyocera Mita isn’t alone in over-rating its print speed – most companies do it, so they compare favourably with their competitors.
If the printer is in sleep mode, though (by default, after 15 minutes), you can add 27 seconds warm-up to the time for the first print job. You can reduce the frequency of hitting this waiting time by setting a longer delay before engaging sleep mode, but then the power usage goes up – a quicker warm-up cycle would be a better solution.