Kyocera Mita claims a high print speed of 35ppm for the FS-1035MFP and, while this firgure is a little fanciful, the machine still manages a pretty good throughput. Our five-page text print completed in 18s giving a speed of 16.7ppm, but on the 20-page document, which gives the printer more of a head, it managed 26.7ppm. It’s also quick at printing duplex, with the same 20 sides coming through in 01:14, an impressive speed of 16.2 sides per minute.
The five-page text and graphics test gave 17.7ppm and a 15 x 10cm photo printed on A4 took just nine seconds. Copying was also very quick, with a single page from the flatbed taking six seconds and a five-page document from the ADF coming through in 20s. A 10-side duplex copy finished in 59s.
All these print speeds will be moderated slightly by the printer needing to wake up before starting to print. It has a very short default sleep time, moving into a low-power mode after just 58s of inactivity. This gives it good power economy, but you may want to alter the setting, if the 12 second wake-up time becomes irritating.
Print quality is characteristic for a Kyocera Mita printer, with clean text, which is light and well formed. Eco mode print, which uses a lot less toner, is also a lot paler and should probably be reserved for internal documents. Greyscale graphics are reasonable, though there is some blotchiness in the greys and shades can be a little too close to each other. Our photo copy was noticeably lighter than the original and photos lost some detail in the shadows.
One of the main attractions of a Kyocera Mita printer is its consumable costs and here the 7,500-page toner cartridge gives a running cost of 1.8p per page, over one quarter of a penny less than for most of its rivals.
Kyocera Mita’s FS-1035MFP is in many ways the ideal mono laser multifunction. It has speed, full duplex copying and printing, and low running costs. The only proviso is that its graphic and photo print isn't top rate. Fine for text and the occasional graphic, but try and see some print samples before putting down your money.