Mono multi-function printers start at under £200, so what makes the Kyocera Mita FS-1035MFP worth two and a half times that, at just under £500? There are three essential differences from most of the competition, even at the higher price: fast print, a duplex scanner to complement the duplex print engine, and low running costs.
The printer is coloured in high-contrast black and white with a chunky, though compact design. The 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) has a higher profile than many, as it's a full duplex device, with an intermediate tray tucked under the main feed, to take sheets while they're being turned to scan their second sides.
The main control panel runs the full width of the machine and includes 22 quick-dial fax buttons, as well as a complete number pad for fax and PIN entry when printing securely. There's a large, bitmapped, backlit LCD display in the centre of the panel, with a navigation ring and two soft function keys.
Three large, coloured buttons at the right-hand end start, stop and reset tasks and there are also four programmable buttons, which can be set up to perform specific print, scan or copy tasks, with one of them preset to perform an ID card copy, by default.
Slightly awkwardly, underneath the control panel to the right of the page output slot is the power button and next to this a socket for USB drives. The machine can print PDF, XPS and TIFF documents directly, though it can't handle JPEG images. Handily you can also scan directly to PDF.
Below the output slot is a fold down multipurpose tray, which can take up to 50 sheets, and at the bottom of the unit is a 250-sheet main tray. You can add two further trays of the same capacity, giving a total feed capacity of 800 sheets, should you need it.
At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet. Software support is basic, with drivers for printer, scanner and fax. The only consumable is a toner cartridge, which fits into place once you've folded down the front panel, a process which also raises the lid of the printer section of the machine. We found the toner cartridge awkward to locate and lock in place because of the restricted access, but you'll only need to do this every 7,500 pages or so.