A small business needs printed documents, copies and, surprisingly these days, faxes. If these can all be done on both sides of the paper, so much the better. Kyocera’s FS-1130MFP aims to do all these things in a fast, mono device with low running costs.
This isn’t a small machine, and the black and white case flares from a relatively small footprint to a large top surface with a full-width control panel. The Automatic Document Feed (ADF) is quite a bulk addition on top, mainly because it’s a duplex device with an intermediate tray, used when printing the second side of pages and when turning them round so they’re properly collated.
The main paper tray at the bottom of the machine takes 250 sheets and there’s a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray which pulls down from the front. Two extra trays can be added as options.
The control panel includes a five line mono LCD, a number pad and 22 fax quick-dials. There are also four programmable keys, where you can register particular copy settings for regularly needed jobs. The first of these is set by default to copy both sides of a credit card, though this can be overwritten.
Underneath the controls, to the right, is a USB socket, which can be used for downloading scans and uploading files to print. At the back are USB and 10/100 Ethernet connections, but there’s no wireless link available.
Fitting the toner cartridge is quite awkward. Although Kyocera tries to make it easier by automatically hinging up a section of the printer’s top panel when you swing down the front cover, it’s tricky to manoeuvre the cartridge into position and to get the locking clamp to engage. In the end, we took the developer unit out, before clipping the toner into that and then re-inserting the developer.
Software is basic but adequate, with printer and scanner drivers but no OCR software for extracting editable text.