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Kyocera FS-1120D review

Mike Jennings
7 Sep 2010
Kyocera FS-1120D
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
123
inc VAT

Fast and affordable, although with average quality and a lack of features.

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Specifications

mono laser, 30ppm print speed, USB, 250x375x393

Kyocera's FS-1120D isn't exactly pretty. With chunky dimensions of 375x393x250mm and an off-white design reminiscent of retro computers, it can’t compete with the likes of Canon or Samsung when it comes to style.

Thankfully, then, it excels in other areas. For starters, it's very quick: its draft speed of 32.7ppm drops to a still-impressive 26.6ppm when we upped the quality to normal mode, and that’s significantly faster than both of our favourite Samsung models. The Kyocera struggled slightly in our mono graphics test, where it paused while handling information, although its speed of 14ppm is still perfectly acceptable.

Print quality disappointed when compared to the impressive speed. Draft mode was even paler and more washed out than we expected and, while normal-quality documents were better, we’d still prefer deeper, richer blacks and sharper, more consistent text. Graphical prints, meanwhile, suffered from the same washed-out look, and we found clear banding across gradients. The FS-1120D is fine for everyday document printing, but it’ll struggle with anything more complex.

Kyocera FS-1120D

Kyocera hasn’t exactly loaded its machine with features, either. The casing has just two buttons and a ring of six LEDs to indicate paper jams, activity and power. There’s no LCD interface, and so you can only check its status and change its configuration from your PC. The 600x600dpi print resolution is merely average, too, and we weren’t too keen on the loud noises emitted by the FS-1120D as it rumbled through our tests.

Nevertheless, the monthly duty cycle of 20,000 pages should be enough for small businesses, and the 250-page input and output trays should be ample, too. The input tray also houses a small mechanical meter that’s used to measure how much paper’s left in the tray.

It’s relatively cheap to run, too, as long as you’re not too demanding. The initial price of £123 is very reasonable and, at £48 inc VAT, so is the cost of the 2,500-page cartridge. The starter cartridge lasts for 1,000 pages, and you won’t have to buy any other consumables. A medium print load of 750 pages a month will result in a total cost of ownership (TCO) of £603 over three years at a cost of just 1.9 pence per page.

As usual, a range of accessories are available if you’d like to widen the FS-1120D’s capabilities. Kyocera offers RAM upgrades, 802.11b/g wireless and Gigabit Ethernet connections, but they’re ludicrously expensive: an extra 256MB of RAM costs £280, and the wireless module only £30 less.

As a basic machine, though, the FS-1120D is both fast and affordable. It’s well-suited to life in a busy office thanks to its high monthly duty cycle. While quality isn’t the best, it’s fine for basic jobs – but you may wish to look towards Samsung’s SCX-4600 if you need a machine capable of scanning and copying, as well as printing.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Maximum native print resolution600x600dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A430ppm
Quoted warm-up time19s
Quoted time to first page, mono6s

Tested Speeds

Mono page from sleep time 1.010s
Letter, time to first page 1.07s
25-page mono document - total time00:00:56
Time for 24 pages mixed greyscale 1.01m 42s
Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.124s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.027s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB
Optional printer interfaces802.11g wireless, Gigabit Ethernet
Size250x375x393
Weight12.0kg
Duty cycle20000

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4
Maximum paper weight120gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity250
Maximum paper inputs2
Maximum paper input capacity500
Output tray capacity250 sheets
Duplex (code, cost if option)No

General

Printer technologymono laser
Language(s)PCL 6, PCL 5e, Postscript 3
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.2+, Linux
Standard printer memory32MB
Maximum printer memory512MB
Other laser features and options£189

Buying Information

Price£123
Price per mono A4 page1.90p
Price of 2nd paper cassette£110
Capacity of supplied black toner1,000 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s)N/A
Estimated mono TCO - three years light£603
Estimated mono TCO - three years medium£1008
Warrantytwo-year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.misco.co.uk
Detailswww.kyoceramita.co.uk

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.124s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.027s