Kyocera Mita’s FS-C5150DN is not the only laser printer you can get for around £200. However, it’s one of the few that can print nearly 20 pages per minute, has full duplex print, a front panel USB port and a lot of expansion potential. It’s designed for a small office, but at this price could find itself in plenty of homes and home offices, too.
Styled in black and white, this isn’t a small machine, weighing just under 30kg and making a big impression on a typical desktop. It uses an in-line print mechanism, so it’s a deep machine, but it’s also quite high off the desk.
The top surface is also the output paper tray and the input tray, at the bottom of the machine, takes up to 250 sheets. There’s also a fold-down multipurpose tray above this which can take up to a further 50 sheets. If this isn’t enough, up to two 500-sheet trays can be added as options.
The control panel is a slim strip across the front of the machine and includes a backlit, two-line by 16-character LCD display. This is easy to read, but can get a bit awkward to use when, for instance, you’re navigating through a menu tree to select a file to print from a USB drive. A four-line display would be easier to use.
The Kyocera Mita FS-C5150DN comes with USB and 10/100 Ethernet connections, though wireless is only available as an option. Both PCL6 and Postscript Level 3 emulated drivers are provided and setup is very quick and easy.
The four toner cartridges clip in under the hinge-up top cover and preparation takes 10 minutes or so, as the toner is fed down into the machine. After that, the only maintenance is replacing toner and the waste bottle, which fits behind a flip-out cover at the front-right of the printer.