Review Price £342.00
Colour laser printers start quite cheaply now, but you get what you pay for and the £150-ish models tend to be slow and cost a lot to run. Kyocera’s ECOSYS P6021cdn is a mid-range machine which would suit a small business, but is expandable enough for a reasonable workgroup, if its workload increases.
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Its dark grey and off-white colour scheme does little to relieve the printer’s fairly substantial dimensions, though quite a bit of this is its height. It has a small enough footprint to sit on a desk, but can also be placed on an optional, castored storage cupboard, ideal for storing paper and cartridge supplies.
The top surface forms the output tray of the machine, which can be fed from the 250-sheet main tray or the 50-sheet multi-purpose feed that folds down from the front. A further two, 500-sheet trays can be added as options, giving a total expanded capacity of 1,300 sheets.
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The control panel is in a thin horizontal strip on the front edge of the machine and offers a two-line, 16-character backlit LCD display and a series of control buttons. It works quite well, though the horizontally scrolling menu takes a bit of getting used to.
The four toner cartridges are easy to access by hinging up the top cover of the Kyocera ECOSYS P6021cdn. They are the only consumables and clip into four slots, one behind the other. The photoconductive drum is a lifetime component, thanks to Kyocera’s patented ceramic coating, which lasts a lot longer than more conventional drums.
At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, though unusually the Ethernet port is gigabit rather than 10/100, so the printer should cope with a large throughput, coming from a number of sources.
We had to download drivers as an ISO DVD image and burn our own disc, as none was supplied with the printer. This may be a problem isolated to review samples, but it has happened with the last three Kyocera machines we’ve reviewed, so make sure you have the relevant ‘country kit’ supplied with the printer.
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