The FS-1128MFP is claimed to print at up to 28ppm and in our tests the five-page text print produced a speed of 15.79ppm, which climbed to 23.08ppm on the 20-page job. This is reasonably close to the rated top speed and is subjectively quick. You won’t be waiting around for print or copy jobs.
Duplex print is also quick and our 10-page, 20-side duplex print test completed in 1:28, a speed of 13.64 sides per minute. We ran some extra copy tests because of the machine’s strong photocopying heritage and produced a single-page copy in just seven seconds, while a five-page copy from the ADF took 21 seconds. Converting a 20-page original into a 10-page copy took 1:25 and a full 20-side duplex copy took 1:53. Photo prints took nine seconds from a PC and 17 from a memory drive.
These are all fast results and we were impressed by the way the machine handled all the tasks we threw at it efficiently, with little fuss.
The print quality from this 1200dpi machine is pretty good, with clean black text, though some slight thickening of headings in bold type. Greyscales are well reproduced, though there is some light banding apparent. There are sufficient greyscales to distinguish between a wide range of colours in an original.
Copies of greyscale material are not so good, with some blotchiness in areas of solid tone, but this is a common difficulty with mono lasers. Photo prints also showed a little roughness in areas of fill and darker sections of images lost detail to black.
Toner is the only consumable in this machine and a 7,200 page cartridge will cost you around £70, giving a cost per page, including 0.7p for paper, of just 1.9p. This is a good, low running cost, one of the headline advantages of Kyocera Mita technology.
This is a well-conceived multifunction printer, with the emphasis on photocopying. In a small business or a small department of a larger organisation it can cope with all the day-to-day work needed to print, copy, scan and fax. It’s cheap to run and quick to print and the print quality is fine for text documents. Greyscales cause it a little more problem, but for most applications will still be adequate.