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Kyocera Mita markets its FS-C5200DN as a small workgroup colour laser printer, but if you add all the expansion options, it looks as if it could deal with quite a large workgroup. It has the paper capacity, speed and high-yield consumables to give it a very reasonable Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
Styled by FA Porsche, the cream and dark grey case is both angular and quite tall, sitting quite high off the desk as a result. This is partly due to the standard paper tray, which holds all of 500-sheet ream at a time. A multipurpose tray folds down from the front of the machine and this can take a further 150 sheets of plain paper or special media such as envelopes or overhead transparencies.
The simplified control panel includes a 2-line by 16-character, backlit LCD display, along with three warning lights and a set of eight control buttons, including a menu control diamond and Stop and Go function buttons.
The machine has a walk up USB print facility, though for some reason the USB socket is at the back on the left-hand side. It would be a lot better on the control panel at the front. The printer comes as standard with both USB 2.0 and Ethernet connections
Installation of the four toner cartridges, the only consumables listed for the FS-C5200DN, should be very straightforward, as you lift the top cover and simply clip the four consumables into place inside the machine.
However, the review sample had a small catch shifted forwards below the cartridge holders, so the cartridges wouldn't latch properly into place. It took a while to find this, as it did the internal selector switch which had set the printer into ‘envelope mode'. These problems were probably individual to our review machine, though, and a brand-new device should be set-up correctly.
The printer comes with both PCL 6 and Postscript Level 3 emulation, as well as Kyocera Mita's own PRESCRIBE printing language and installation is straightforward from the supplied CD.
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