Kyocera ECOSYS M2640idw Series Review

Good: Scalability, single-pass duplexing document feeder, mobile functionality.
Bad: Finishers and ledger-sized paper handling is not offered, not ideal for large businesses.
Bottom Line: A series of four black-and-white MFPs with strong features for smaller businesses.
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Kyocera
ECOSYS M2640idw Series
$816-$1,567
Small, Medium
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37ppm-42ppm
Not applicable
800MHz
512MB

Product Overview

The new ECOSYS M2640idw Series are the latest black-and-white MFPs in Kyocera’s lineup targeted to small and medium-sized businesses. There are four devices in this series:

  • The ECOSYS M2635dw ($816), which copies and prints at 37ppm and includes standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing features. It has a first-page-out-copy time of 6.9 seconds and a monthly duty cycle of 20,000 pages.
  • The ECOSYS M2040dn ($1,181), which copies and prints at 42ppm but only offer standard printing, copying and scanning features. It has a first-page-out-copy time of 6.4 seconds and a monthly duty cycle of 50,000 pages.
  • The ECOSYS M2540dw ($1,371), which has the same engine speed and features as the M2040dn but includes standard faxing and wireless connectivity.
  • The ECOSYS M2640idw ($1,567), which includes the same speed and features as the M2540dw but includes a 4.3″ color touchscreen and Kyocera’s HyPAS functionality.

All devices start with a 800MHz processor and 512MB of memory. The memory can be expanded to 1.5GB. PCL and PostScript are standard as well as XPS and PDF direct print. The device also supports USB, Ethernet and mobile printing as standard features. Users can print from their mobile devices via Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print or Kyocera’s dedicated mobile print app. Wireless connectivity is standard on all devices except for the M2040dn.

More details on the M5526cdw is in our Features section below.

The ECOSYS M2640idw Series is a scalable set of devices for smaller businesses looking for a machines with multifunctional needs but doesn’t require color output.

Features

Paper handling starts with a 250-sheet drawer and a 100-sheet bypass. There is an additional 250-sheet drawer for $130. Maximum paper input is 850 sheets. All drawers accept up to 8.5″ x 14″ paper. Standard output is only 150 sheets and there are no finishers offered.

There is a standard 50-sheet document feeder that scans both sides of a page in a single pass.

Color scanning is supported. Scans can be sent to folder, email, FTP and USB. TWAIN and WIA scanning is also supported. File formats include PDF, JPEG, TIFF and XPS.

The faxing function includes a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression. Fax memory up to 3.5MB is supported. Other fax features include duplex faxing, one touch dial and quick dial.

Standard security features include local and network authentication and LDAP, to name a few. There is an optional card authentication kit.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The M2640idw Series doesn’t offer finishers even as an option, as well as ledger-sized paper handling. This is ideal for small businesses but larger businesses that require more advanced paper-handling and other features can check out Kyocera’s other MFPs, such as the TASKalfa 4002i and 6002i.

About

Kyocera Mita America, Inc., headquartered in Fairfield, N.J., is a leading provider of computer-connectable document imaging and document management systems, including MFPs/printers, laser printers, color MFPs/printers, and wide format imaging solutions. Kyocera Mita America is a group company of Kyocera Mita Corporation. Kyocera Mita Corporation is a core company of the Kyocera Corporation, the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components.

Copystar brand: Kyocera Mita also sells its machines under the Copystar name, which is a brand originally created for its smaller dealers, but now sells a full range of color and black-and-white MFPs and printers. The Copystar models are identical to the equivalent Kyocera ones and sell at the same prices.

Distribution: Kyocera Mita sells its copiers primarily through dealers, though it has recently been expanding its direct organization and now has about 10 branches. It has more dealers than some of its rivals — approximately 420, compared to an industry average of about 350.

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