Kyocera claims a print speed of 30ppm for the FS-1130MFP. While this is a bit of an exaggeration, we did see 14.2ppm for our 5-page text document and 15.0ppm in Eco mode. Eco mode saves toner, but in this case it also produces a very faint print, readable, but little more.
On the longer, 20-page test, the printer picked up speed and returned 23.1ppm, over three quarters of the rated speed. Duplex print was also quick, returning 14.8 sides per minute on the duplex version of the 20-page document. A 15 x 10cm print took 8s from a PC and 22s from a USB drive.
The machine is also a capable copier, with a single page copy coming through in 7s, and a five-page one from the ADF taking 21s. A 10-side duplex copy finished in 59s, and all speeds were above average, more than adequate for general, small office duties.
Print quality is only fair. Text prints are clean and sharp, but greyscale graphic fills are a little uneven and reversed text can look a bit blotchy. Copies of greyscale originals are worse, with quite a lot of detail lost. Photo prints are a bit too contrasty, with dark greys tending to black.
Kyocera’s ceramic drum technology means you should never need to change one and toner is priced so that the page cost comes out at 2.8p, including 0.7p for paper, which is competitive for a mono laser. It’s not the lowest cost in its group though with, for example, the Brother DCP-8110DN costing just 2.3p.
This printer certainly has a good feature set, with duplex print, secure print with pin codes and USB access. You can get faster print and better print quality overall, though, from machines like the much cheaper Brother. That machine doesn’t have the duplex scanner or fax functions, but is half the price of the Kyocera.
The Kyocera FS-1130MFP is a solid multifunction printer with a lot of useful functions, making it a good all-round player. Features like the duplex scanner, which give it duplex copying, too, are useful and can save a lot of paper.
Kyocera used to get extra brownie points for having the best TCO on the block, but this machine really doesn’t hit that button. It costs more to buy and more to run than others in its class.