The printer is rated at 35ppm, which is a very healthy speed. Under normal circumstances, however, you’re unlikely to see anything like these speeds because it can take up to 20 seconds or so before the first page starts to print,. Our five-page text print, for example, took 24 seconds to complete, which is a speed of 12.5ppm.
Switching to draft and Economode didn’t speed things up, with the machine taking exactly the same time. However, printing our 20-page document in normal mode doubled the speed to 25ppm. This is a very healthy throughput for a small mono laser printer, but it still doesn’t approach the headline figure quoted by Kyocera Mita.
The five-page text and graphics test was marginally quicker than the straight text document, as only a single page is rasterised, but it still registered only 13ppm. A 15 x 10cm photo on an A4 sheet took 14 seconds at the printer’s top resolution of 1,200dpi.
The printer has a duplexer built-in and printing our 20-page document double-sided as a 10-page job took 1min 16secs, which equates to a speed of 15.8 sides per minute, again a commendable result.
Text print from Kyocera machines is always clean and the 1,200dpi default resolution does a good job. Even emboldened text in headlines is well reproduced. Printing in draft and Economode saves toner but also gives text a slightly variegated look, with thin dark lines on the leading edges of characters and fainter grey for the rest.
Business graphics are a bit blotchy and although there is a reasonable range of greyscales, there can still be some confusion in the mono reproduction of colour originals. This blotchiness also shows in photos, which are also generally too dark, so details in shadows are often blacked out.
As mentioned, the only consumable for this machine is the toner and a 7,200-page cartridge costs around £90, giving a cost per page of 2.1p, including 0.7p for paper. This is around 0.5p lower than most of the machine’s direct competitors and should therefore save a worthwhile amount over the life of the FS-1370DN.
Kyocera Mita has a very good reputation in the higher end of the business market for low-cost page printing and the FS-1370DN brings this down to the small workgroup level, where its speed and consumable costs stand it in good stead. Reproduction of greyscale graphics is not as good as from some of its rivals, though, so it would be best suited in an environment where the majority of documents are text-based.
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