Kyocera FS-6525MFP and FS-6530MFP Review

Good: Very good paper-handling, Kyocera's HyPas technology, strong multifunctionality.
Bad: Somewhat expensive for devices in their speed range.
Bottom Line: Solid small-to-medium MFPs with very good features.
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Kyocera
FS-6500MFP Series
$4,679-$5,879
Small, Medium
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
Processor:
Memory:
25ppm-30ppm
Not applicable
800MHz
1GB

Product Overview

The FS-6525MFP and FS-6530MFP joins Kyocera’s black-and-white MFP lineup and are aimed for the small to medium offices. The FS-6525MFP is listed at $4,679 and copies and prints at 25ppm, while the FS-6530MFP runs at 30ppm and costs $5,879. Both models have standard printing, copying, and scanning; faxing is optional. First page out time for printing is 8 seconds.  There is also a color touchscreen on the control panel.

The controller uses an 800MHz processor and comes with 1GB of memory, which can be expanded to 2GB. Ethernet and USB ports are standard. There’s also a host USB port for a thumb drive.

We were unable to calculate the cost per page as prices of consumables were not available. However, we expect that the cost per page will be in line with other Kyocera machines, thanks to its excellent and durable drum technology. The maintenance kit lasts up to 300,000 pages, more than most users will ever use on this machine.

These are solid small-to-medium workgroup MFPs that are powerful and come with very good paper handling features and applications needed for office productivity. For the right office who doesn’t need color copying or printing and is willing to pay a little more upfront, these machines can be a very strong contender with lasting value.

Features

These machines come with both a flatbed platen and a 50-sheet reversing automatic document feeder (RADF).  The print engine supports both PCL and PostScript print language, along with Windows XPS printing. The color scanning feature supports scan-to-email, to folder, to USB drive, and scan-to-FTP, and supports PDF, JPEG, and TIFF file formats.

The paper supply consists of a 100-sheet multipurpose tray (which holds up to 140lb. index stock) and a 500-sheet standard tray. You can add up to two 500-sheet drawers or a 500-sheet tray plus a cabinet drawer for a total of 1,600 sheets of input. Automatic duplex output is included. These machines print at up to ledger-sized pages.

Output consists of an optional finisher with a stacking capacity of up to 500 sheets and multiposition stapling capacity of up to 50 sheets.

Faxing makes use of a 33.6kbps modem and comes with 9.5MB of fax memory.

The FS-6525MFP and FS-6530MFP are compatible with HyPas (Hybrid Platform for Advanced Solutions) technology for utilizing Kyocera’s range of business applications. These business applications include mobile printing, connecting with Microsoft SharePoint, and access lock (restricting functions of the machine to certain users).

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

Shortcomings

These devices are somewhat expensive for MFPs in their speed range. Prospective users should be able to negotiate the price down with their Kyocera dealer.

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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