Kyocera specifies the FS-1061DN as a 25ppm printer, though we saw a maximum of 19.0ppm on our 20-page document and rather less than this, 13.0ppm on the five-page document, in both normal and eco, toner-save modes. Switching to quiet mode gave a speed of 14.0ppm for the 20 page test, which is noticeably slower.
Duplex print comes as standard, and printing the 20-page document as a 10-page, duplex job took 1:34, giving a speed of 12.8 sides per minute. This is good for a laser in this price range. A 15 x 10cm photo on an A4 page took 12 seconds, which is also a nice speed.
Print quality is generally excellent, with crisp, clean text, more than polished enough for reports and correspondence. With a maximum resolution of 1,800 x 600dpi, business graphics are also good and there’s a wide enough range of greyscales to reproduce subtle colour differences in an original.
The only slight glitch is with areas of black tone, such as reversed text. These tend to look a little blotchy, and simply not as smooth as some competitors. Ecomode text is much lighter and really only suitable for draft documents.
Since Kyocera Mita printers use low-wear, ceramic photoconductor drums, you only need to replace toner to keep them printing. This should make them very cheap to run, but it really depends on how the company prices its toner.
For the FS-1061DN, a 2,100-page cartridge costs around £47, giving a cost per five percent cover page of 3.08p, including 0.7p for paper. This is a fair price but by no means exceptional; the £118 Samsung ML-2955DW managed a figure of 2.66p from an equivalent calculation.
Kyocera Mita’s FS-1061DN has all the look of an entry-level, personal laser printer, but not its price. OK, it has duplex print, which is unusual in a low-end machine, but to move from around £50 to £130 is still quite a big jump. The running costs aren’t as low as we often see with Kyocera Mita printers, either, even though you’re only paying for toner. It’s a good printer, but there’s plenty of competition.