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The FS-C5250DN is rated at 26ppm, but under test, our five-page text document took 23s to complete, giving it a real-world speed of 13.0ppm. This was true of eco-mode print, too, which uses less toner, but isn’t a true draft mode. The five-page text and graphics print was slightly faster than the black text test, giving 15.0ppm.
The print speed improved to 21.4ppm on the 20-page document, as preparation time is a small proportion of the whole. Duplex print is standard on the machine and the same document printed double-sided took 1min 41s, a speed of 11.9 sides per minute.
In passing, it’s worth noting that by default, sleep-mode kicks in after just 30s of inactivity. While this might be good for the power consumption figures, it also means the printer will usually need to warm up before it starts to print, which adds an extra 12s to all the print times. You may want to reset the sleep-mode delay for a better compromise.
The printer produces clean black text pages with a good weight to the text. It can be used for internal documentation or for presentations and other customer documents. The eco-mode is also OK for internal documents, though it's a bit too light for general use.
Colour prints come through with very vivid shades and black text registration is good, so text over colour backgrounds doesn't suffer from haloing. Our test photo prints were not so good. Although levels of detail in darker areas are good, there was noticeable fringing between light and dark areas of our test image and the colours were rather unsubtle. The printer did produce a good, full A4 photo print, though, and it does a good job when printing posters and fliers.
Total cost of ownership is one of the strengths of Kyocera Mita machines and the FS-C5250DN reflects this. An ISO black page comes out at around 2.1p and an equivalent colour page should cost 8.3p, both including 0.7p for paper. These figures are very good for this class of colour laser and are based on the comparatively high yields of the two cartridges, which are given as 7,000 pages for black and 5,000 for each of the colours.
This Kyocera Mita colour laser ticks most of the boxes, with a big one in the low running cost box. It's quick to print, though not quite as quick as the spec suggests, and has plenty of expansion potential should you need to increase its print capacity with a growing business. However, front panel controls could be more intuitive and perhaps it shouldn't drop to sleep quite as quickly.