Our five-page test print reduced the print speed to 15.8ppm, not quite so impressive, but it did stand-up on the text and graphics print, which completed in exactly the same time.
Printing in duplex is also reasonably quick, with our 20-side or 10-page print taking 1 min 35 secs, a speed of 12.6 sides per minute. As well as duplex print, the machine can copy single-sided documents to double-sided ones, though the scanner mechanism is only single-sided, so it can’t do full-duplex copying. Copying a 20-page, single-sided document to a 10-page duplex one took 1 min 40 secs, very close to the duplex print speed.
More conventional simplex copying is commendably quick, too, with a single page coming through in 10 seconds and a five-page document taking only 22 seconds. A 15 x 10cm photo printed at the device’s maximum resolution of 1,200dpi took 18 seconds and a full A4 print from a USB drive completed in 29 seconds.
Print quality is very good, with clean black text printed without the extra weight some machines give it. Even at small point sizes it’s clear and readable. Greyscale graphics are also good with a wide range of tones handling the different colours in our originals clearly, so you can still see the differences.
Even photo prints, which mono laser printers often find difficult, were well reproduced here, with little sign of any blotchiness or striping. This is particularly impressive with a full A4 photo print. Even a photocopy of greyscale material wasn’t too bad, though a certain amount of blotchiness was evident.
The drum unit in the machine is rated at 25,000 pages, so even in a fairly busy environment, it won’t need changing that regularly. The toner cartridge is available in two capacities, for 3,000 and 8,000 ISO pages, so again maintenance costs should be low.
Using current Internet costs, and with the revised 17.5% VAT rate, we calculate a page should cost 2.4p. This is competitive with most of its rivals, though Kyocera Mita can still undercut the figure, with machines like its FS-1128MFP.
This is a very appealing machine, with a good modern design and a versatile feature set. With USB print and scan and duplex print to economise on paper, it offers good value, even at this slightly higher price point. Most importantly, print quality for both text and graphics is well above average.
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