Kyocera rates the ECOSYS P6021cdn at 21ppm for both mono and colour print. Our 5-page black text test returned 11.5ppm, exactly half the rated figure, but this rose to 15ppm on the 20-page test. It’s not a bad speed for a colour laser, though you’re looking at 15 to 20 seconds for the first page of a job to start printing.
Draft mode print, which is more properly an eco-mode, is no faster than normal print, but it should save you toner, as it’s a much lighter print. The 5-page black text and colour graphics test gave 11.3ppm and our 20-page document printed duplex – two sided printing is standard on the machine – produced 8.8 sides per minute. A single page 15 x 10 cm photo print on A4 took 25 seconds in Fine mode.
The quality of the print is fine, with sharp, black text and generally bright, solid graphics colours, though slightly dull colours in photos. Yellows didn’t produce sparkling results and there was some haloing of black text over orange, through imperfect registration. For general office use, though, colour print is adequate.
The only consumable cost is the toner cartridges, which are available in a single yield of 3,500 black pages and 2,800 for each of the colours. Using the cheapest online prices we could find gives page costs of 2.2p for mono and 10.3p for colour.
These are low, up to 1p per sheet off the mono cost and 2p per sheet for colour compared with its rivals. Over the lifetime of the printer, this represents a considerable saving.
The ideal place for this printer is an expanding small business or workgroup. It can handle a fair throughput as supplied, but can also be expanded with extra trays, wireless adapter and even SSDs or HDs for file or job storage.
There are other choices, though, like the HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color M251nw. This is a cheaper, slower, SOHO machine, but it does include wireless support.
Kyocera’s ECOSYS P6021cdn is as solid, useful laser printer for anybody running a busy office. It’s fast enough to cope with a good workflow and can duplex as standard. It’s cheap to run and print quality is good, though colours aren’t as bright as from some rivals. It would benefit from having wireless connection, too.