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Kyocera Mita FS-1030MFP review

Simon Handby
28 Jan 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
346
inc VAT

This is an impressively cheap MFP to run, but it seems a little overpriced in the first place

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Specifications

mono laser, 30ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 366x494x410mm

Kyocera Mita's FS-1030MFP is a mono laser multifunction peripheral (MFP), aimed at home and small business users. It's a fairly compact device with a rapid 30 pages per minute (ppm) print speed and a network port, but at this price it's not particularly well specified. There's no wireless network connection, and the version we reviewed does without an automatic document feeder (ADF) or fax modem. An ADF is fitted to the FS-1030MFP/DP, which costs about £50 more, while those needing to fax will need to spend around £480 on the FS-1130MFP.

Kyocera Mita FS-1030MFP

While it may not be the cheapest MFP to buy, the FS-1030MFP is cheap to run. Like other Kyocera Mita printers, this MFP uses a ceramic photoconductor drum that's guaranteed to last for a greater number of pages than the printer is ever likely to print – in this case 100,000. As a result, only the toner needs replacing in normal use. The printer ships with a useful 3,600-page starter unit, while the 7,200-page replacements work out at 0.83p per page. It's hard to print more cheaply than this.

Despite its low running costs, it's hard to love the FS-1030MFP. While it's quite a smart machine, we weren't impressed by the build quality of our early sample: the scanner's lid felt very flimsy, while many other panels felt thin and flexible. The left-hand side panel seemed slightly out of place, leaving a slightly awkward gap between it and the front toner access panel. Fortunately it was easier to load toner than in some other Kyocera Mita printers we've reviewed. We also liked the solid feel of the fold-down multipurpose tray, and the fully enclosed main cassette – a must for keeping the paper stack dust-free.

Kyocera Mita FS-1030MFP controls

The FS-1030MFP is a disappointment in use. It's not noisy, but something about the nature of its sound quickly becomes wearing if you're sat near to it. It's a good text printer, delivering crisp characters at a solid 26ppm in our test, but the quality of its graphics prints was quite poor. Dark shades merged together, resulting in a loss of detail, while dark grey tones in particular suffered from highly visible banding. Our PowerPoint slides printed with both horizontal and vertical banding, something we've not seen before.

Kyocera Twain driver

This MFP produces acceptable photocopies, and its scanner is very good for an office device – we were particularly impressed by its ability to capture detail from the very darkest and lightest parts of our test patterns; something that typically trips up office devices. It's a shame, then, that the supplied TWAIN scan interface doesn't support scanning over the network, and only lets the user select 200, 300, 400 or 600dpi scan resolutions. There's also no auto-marquee selection, and while there is a checkbox for automatic exposure it was greyed out in our tests.

Unfortunately, low running costs aren't enough to lift this MFP above the competition. If they're important, we'd suggest you spend less and buy an inkjet from Epson's excellent WorkForce Pro range, such as the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4535 DWF.

Basic Specifications

Rating**
Maximum native print resolution1,800x600dpi
Max optical resolution600dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A430ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.115s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.016s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size366x494x410mm
Weight15.0kg
Noise (in normal use)54dB(A)
Duty cycle20,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight220gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity300
Maximum paper inputs4
Maximum paper input capacity800
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologymono laser
Language(s)PCL 5c, PCL 6, KPDL 3 (PostScript 3 compatible), IBM Proprinter X24e, Epson LQ-850
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, UNIX, Linux.
Maximum printer memory768MB
Other laser features and optionsnone

Buying Information

Price£346
Consumable parts and prices£59
Price of 2nd paper cassette£104
Warrantytwo years
Supplierhttp://www.morecomputers.com
Detailswww.kyoceramita.co.uk

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview8s
A4 document at 150dpiN/A
A4 document at 300dpi16s
6x4in photo at 600dpi13s
6x4in photo at 1200dpiFail

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.08s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies999
Max mono copy resolution600dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolutionN/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages)N/A