Colour laser printers for workgroup use are available from most of the major manufacturers, but Kyocera Mita has the advantage of very low running costs, thanks to its lifetime consumables – all you have to add is toner. The FS-C5250DN also enjoys a good level of expandability and decently sized paper trays.
The appearance of the printer is straightforward, with its black and cream panels, rounded off at the corners, but otherwise looking pretty cuboid. Paper is fed from a capacious 500-sheet tray at the bottom, or from a click-down 50-sheet multi-purpose tray just above, and feeds out to a deep depression set in the top panel.
The control panel is positioned on a thin strip in the chamfered front, top edge and includes a two-line by 16-character, backlit LCD display and a set of eight small buttons. These are, if anything, a bit too small and make some operations, such as selecting a file to print from a USB drive, awkward. Printing from USB isn’t helped by a confusing question mark which keeps popping up.
At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet connections, though wireless is only available as an option. Other options include up to three extra, 500-sheet paper trays, a cabinet stand complete with casters, and extra memory and a hard drive for local processing and logo/template storage.
Setup is very straightforward, as all you have to do is lift the top cover and slot in the four toner cartridges. The printer then charges itself by transferring the toner into internal hoppers, which takes around 15 minutes, and it’s ready to print.
Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X and in emulations of PCL6 and Postscript Level 3. Drivers for Linux are downloadable and Kyocera Mita also supports other operating systems on request.