This printer, like its slightly more expensive sibling, the FS-1370DN is rated at 35ppm. We saw rather different speeds when testing the FS-1320D and neither approached the rated speed, even printing in draft mode. This is mainly because the ISO standard enables manufacturers to exclude any processing or start-up time and in the case of this Kyocera Mita printer, this can be 15 to 20 seconds per job.
Our five-page black text print took 23 seconds, which is a mere 13ppm. Selecting draft print mode actually increased the time taken to complete the job by a couple of seconds, though this is nearly all down to the comparatively long start-up time.
Increasing the page run to 20 pages nearly doubled the print speed to 25ppm, which is a very worthwhile speed for a printer costing well under £200, but is still nowhere near the 35ppm on the spec sheet.
The printer is capable of duplex print straight out of the box and our 20-page document printed on 10 sheets took 1min 31secs, a speed of 13.2 sides per minute. This is a good result and means you can set the printer to default to duplex print without losing overall performance.
Printed output is excellent on text, where characters aren't overemphasised but are still dense and clean. Draft mode text is quite a bit lighter and shows an effect where the leading edges of characters are given more emphasis than the rest of them. The effect is not unpleasant, though, and draft mode should be acceptable for internal documents.
Greyscale print is a little light and large areas of grey are slightly patchy, but this is only slightly more noticeable than from rival machines. Using the top resolution 1,200dpi print to reproduce a photo gave good definition, but increased contrast, so dark areas of the image tended to black thereby losing some detail.
Like all Kyocera Mita machines, running costs on the FS-1320D are just toner and with the 7,200-page cartridge available for under £90, a cost-per-page comes out at 2.1p, including 0.7p for paper. This is between 25 per cent and 50 per cent lower than most other mono laser machines we've tested in the last year.
The FS-1320D emphasises the selling point that Kyocera Mita has been using for many years: good, robust laser printers with very low running costs. While greyscale print quality isn’t quite as good as from some of its competitors and print speeds are certainly a little ambitious, the printer is fast enough for general use, offers very low maintenance and is surprisingly expandable. It will therefore still be a worthwhile investment when your business has grown.