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Kyocera Mita FS-C5150DN review

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Kyocera Mita FS-C5150DN

Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Front panel USB port
  • 250 + 50-sheet multipurpose tray
  • Comparatively low running costs

Cons

  • Toner set is more expensive than printer
  • Bigger LCD would help USB print
  • Default sleep mode a bit quick

Key Features

  • Duplex print
  • Highly expandable
  • Lifetime drum
  • High speed for price
  • PC and Postscript L3 emulation
  • Manufacturer: Kyocera
  • Review Price: £210.00

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.

Kyocera Mita FS-C5150DN

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.

Kyocera Mita FS-C5150DN - Controls

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.

Daniel Austin

July 4, 2013, 10:45 pm

You say: "it costs less to buy a second printer than it does cartridges for the
first. If customers do the logical thing, they’ll keep buying new
printers" -- but this is not the logical thing to do in any way, because the cartridges that come with the printer are only 35% full. In other words, the toner that comes with this £230 printer is only worth about £85, and when you order
new cartridges, yes, they will cost you £240 (if you get OEM ones) but
that's for almost triple the capacity that came with the printer. So
only an idiot would keep buying new printers in this case.

DoItWiser

April 7, 2014, 1:04 pm

Absolutely, Daniel, to buy a new printer is not the wiser answer for your pocket and the environment neither. But , you can make several things to enhance your experience with the Kyocera FS-C5150DN toner cartridges, for example: you can use fonts like calibri that provides greater word count compared to the others or you can also use software like ecofont to put holes into your fonts. However, the wiser answer could be to buy compatible toners… they are cheaper at the same quality (almost the third part on this case).

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