A mono laser multifunction printer is often the core of business document creation. It needs to handle many essential office tasks, including printing, copying, faxing and scanning, and it's also useful if it can print from files on a USB drive. Kyocera Mita’s FS-3540MFP can do all this and has a couple of extras aimed at the larger organisation – not least, its price.
It's a good-looking machine, dressed in black and white, with a substantial control panel, sporting a 110mm colour touchscreen. This handles most of the key features of the machine, and the other physical buttons are well labelled. For some reason, though, pressing the power button to wake the machine up from standby isn't entirely intuitive. Touching the screen should do it, too.
Fax facilities include 100 one-touch-dial numbers and an address book that can take 200 contacts. You can type fax numbers directly, too.
The 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) looks a bit like a duck's beak, as it has a second tray below the first, as an interim sheet holder for its full-duplex scans. It would be interesting to know what the manufacturing cost difference is between the extra paper handling required in this approach and a dual-head scanner with a single paper path.
Below the control panel is a fairly standard mono laser engine, though it uses Kyocera Mita's ceramic-coated drum, which shouldn't need replacing during the life of the printer. A 100-sheet multi-purpose tray pulls down from the front of the printer and there's a 500-sheet main paper tray at the bottom. You can add a further three, 500-sheet trays as options, as well as a support cabinet with casters and an ID card reader, so you can pretend you're on the underground with an Oyster card each time you print.
Connection is via USB or gigabit Ethernet and setup involves clipping the toner cartridge in and waiting for the printer to charge itself. There's also a waste toner bottle to insert. There are emulated drivers for both PCL6 and PostScript Level 3, and support for Windows, OS X and Linux, UNIX and other operating systems on request.