Workgroup-level colour printer-photocopiers aren't cheap. The FS-C2526MFP from Kyocera Mita costs over £1,200, but it does come with all the features you might expect of a core office multifunction.
It’s a wide machine, because of its big, sideways mounted scanner, and deep, because of the inline configuration of its laser engine. The 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) has an intermediate tray directly below its feed tray, as this is a duplex device. When you scan or copy a duplex document, each sheet appears briefly in the intermediate tray before its second side is scanned.
The main control panel is also deep, though this leaves a lot of room for a well laid out set of controls. In the centre is a 110mm colour touchscreen, but even with this control device, there are groups of physical buttons to its left and right.
To the left are specialist buttons for copying and sending documents, and on the right there’s a numeric pad and buttons to start and stop scan and copy jobs. The power button is used more frequently than on some machines, to wake up the print engine and the touchscreen. On most machines, touching the touchscreen is enough to wake it.
Below the control panel is a USB socket, which will take a USB drive and enable graphics and document files to be printed, though it's not compatible with PictBridge.
The main scanner section hinges up and back to provide access to the four toner cartridges, which plug-in under the top cover of the laser printer. Because of Kyocera Mita’s long life photoconductor drum, the only running cost is the toner cartridges and these have long service lives of 6,000 pages for colour and 7,000 pages for black.
The main paper tray can take up to 250 sheets and you can fit one or two optional trays each of 500 sheets, if you need a great capacity. There's a 50-sheet multipurpose tray available when you hinge down the printer’s front cover.
Software is straightforward with PCL and PreScribe drivers, and Kyocera Mita supports Windows, OS X and several Linux and UNIX distributions.