Kyocera ECOSYS M5526cdw Review

Good: Single-pass duplexing document feeder, Wi-Fi and mobile printing, strong security features.
Bad: No finishers offered, not intended for large offices, no information given to calculate cost per page.
Bottom Line: The ECOSYS M5526cdw provides a compact design and strong features for a small business with color and multifunctional needs.
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Product Overview

The new ECOSYS M5526cdw joins three additional devices in Kyocera’s new color printer and MFP lineup intended for smaller offices. This MFP ($1,909) prints and copies at 27ppm in both black and color. It includes standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing. There is also a 4.3″ color touchscreen control panel for commonly-used workflows.

The M5526cdw starts 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, Wi-Fi 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.

The M5526cdw utilizes Kyocera’s PRESCRIBE and COMMAND CENTER RX business applications. With the PRESCRIBE app, users can create, store and print commonly-used forms from the device. The COMMAND CENTER RX app allows users and administrators to look up paper availability, toner status and other statuses of the device via a web browser.

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

The ECOSYS M5526cdw provides a compact design and strong features for a small business looking to supplement its office equipment with a color MFP.


Paper handling starts with a 250-sheet drawer and a 50-sheet bypass. There is an additional 250-sheet drawer for $130. Maximum paper input is 550 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.  The maximum monthly duty cycle is 65,000 pages per month.

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.

The M5526cdw includes standard security features, such as 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?


The M5526cdw doesn’t offer finishers even as an option and its paper capacity is only 550 sheets. 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 6052ci Series.

Also, we don’t have any information to calculate the cost per page of the consumables. But based on Kyocera’s history of providing long-life consumables and other environmental features, the client can expect low cost per page over the life of the MFP.


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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