Kyocera ECOSYS M8100 Series Review

Good: 11" x 17" paper handling, 1,600-sheet maximum paper capacity, standard wireless and mobile printing functionality.
Bad: Not intended for large offices.
Bottom Line: Two color MFPs that provide flexible and strong features for SMBs.
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Kyocera
ECOSYS M8100 Series
$7,149-$8,259
Small, Medium
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24ppm-30ppm
24ppm-30ppm
1.2GHz
1.5 GB

Product Overview

The ECOSYS M8100 Series are two newest devices in Kyocera’s ECOSYS lineup of A3 (11″ x 17″) color MFPs. Both MFPs include standard printing, copying, and scanning functions and optional faxing.

The ECOSYS M8124cidn ($7,149) copies and prints at up to 24ppm and includes a first-print-time of 10.2 seconds (color) and a monthly duty cycle of 100,000 pages. It also includes a 4.3″ color touch screen interface.

The ECOSYS M8130cidn ($8,259) copies and prints at up to 30ppm and includes a first-print-time of 8.3 seconds (color) and a monthly duty cycle of 100,000 pages. It also includes a 7″ color touch screen interface.

Both devices come with a 1.2GHz processor and 1.5 GB of memory that’s expandable to 3 GB. Kyocera offers two optional hard disk drives – one that’s 32 GB and another that’s 128 GB. PCL and PostScript are standard as well as XPS and PDF direct print.

Kyocera’s HyPAS functionality is standard with the optional disk drive for running Kyocera’s business applications.

The devices also support 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.

More details are in our Features section below.

The ECOSYS M8100 are two flexible MFPs that are good buys for small-to-medium-sized offices that need a multifunctional device with color output.

Features

Paper handling on both devices start with a 500-sheet tray and a 100-sheet bypass. Users can optionally add a set of two 500-sheet trays ($819) or a single 500-sheet feeder with cabinet drawer ($549). The maximum input is 1,600 sheets.

The output tray is 250 sheets. The M8124cidn doesn’t support any finishers, but the M8130cidn has an optional 500-sheet finisher with 50-sheet multiposition stapling.

Both devices include a 50-sheet reversing automatic document feeder. Duplexing is standard.

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 12 MB 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 ECOSYS M8100 Series is intended mainly for small or medium-sized offices. Companies looking for a more powerful and faster MFP can check out our other reviews on Kyocera and other color MFPs.

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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