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Kyocera Mita FS-C1020MFP - Colour Laser MFP

Kyocera Mita has a large range of colour laser printers and multifunctions and the FS-C1020MFP sits pretty much in the middle of that range, aimed at the small workgroup. It could also be used with good effect in a small business and includes duplex print as standard.

The machine is a slightly odd looking device, with the deep body of a horizontally-engined colour laser printer topped by a standard A4, CCD-based flatbed scanner, with a 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) built into its lid. Also unusual is the facility to slide the scanner forward and back, to allow better access to the top surface of the printer section of the machine, for easy removal of printed documents.

As if to make use of some of the extra case depth, the control panel of the machine is quite deep, giving plenty of room for a logical layout. The machine includes full fax facilities and there are plenty of quick-dial fax buttons at its left end, together with other fax-specific controls.

In the centre section is a backlit two-line by 16-character LCD display, in front of which are the three mode buttons for scan, fax and copy. To the right of the display is a navigation ring, all you need to navigate through the printer's logically organised menu structure. To the right of the ring is a number pad and finally, at the extreme right, are mono and colour job start buttons and one to cancel a running job.

At the bottom of the front panel is a 250-sheet paper tray, which seems a little spartan for an office-based machine, though a 500-sheet tray is available as an option. There's a single-sheet, bypass slot for special media. Sockets at the rear cater for USB and Ethernet connection, but disappointingly, there's no front panel USB socket for walk-up printing

The top cover of the printer section of the machine swings up to give access to the four drum and toner cartridges in the machine. This is a little unusual for a Kyocera Mita printer, as one of its key selling features is normally its long-lasting photoconductor drum. In this configuration you replace each drum in its toner cartridge, after 6,000 or 6,500 pages.

Supplied software is sufficient, without being generous. There's no dedicated document housekeeping application, such as PaperPort, which is often supplied with multifunctions, just Postscript and PCL drivers in emulation and a TWAIN driver for the scanner. There's support for Windows and OS X, though there's no mention of Linux.

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October 1, 2010, 10:38 am

We bought one of these machines when the other reviews I looked at for the Brother, and the Lexmark, and the usual brands in Best Buy and the large stores. I had seen good quality from the floor sized Kyoceras, even good printing from the desktops at the copyshop. So I settled in this one. However, since we have had it, it has deposited black splotches on the front and back of all copies and printings. We thought this was a problem with the toner cartridge it came with so when we replaced it we were hoping that would be solved. Not! The splotch is back. The Kyocera company has been most unhelpful and nonresponsive. An example of today's inefficient and unsuccessful business practices.

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