Kyocera TASKalfa 3010i Series Review

Good: Touchscreen interface with "pinch & grab" functionality, impressive paper handling, HyPas software platform.
Bad: Document feeders are only optional.
Bottom Line: Kyocera keeps improving its TASKalfa line of black-and-white MFPs.
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Kyocera
TASKalfa 3010i/3510i
$6,209-$7,529
Small, Medium
Speed Black:
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Processor:
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30ppm-35ppm
Not applicable
800MHz
2GB

Product Overview

The 3010i and 3510i continue Kyocera’s TASKalfa line with newer features such as an upgraded color touchscreen interface that include what Kyocera calls its “pinch and grab” functionality. The TASKalfa 3010i ($6,209) copies and prints at 30ppm, while the TASKalfa 3510i ($7,529) runs at 35ppm. Both machines provide standard copying, printing, and scanning features; faxing is optional. First-copy-page time is 3.6 seconds.

The processor runs at 800MHz and there is 2GB of memory. A 160GB hard drive is standard. PCL and PostScript is supported.  USB and Ethernet is standard; Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi are optional.

These machines include Kyocera’s HyPAS software platform that provide features such as Cloud Connect (for scanning to and printing from the cloud) and Mobile Print. Other features are the DMS Link for keeping up with document management needs, PinPoint Scan for scanning-to-PC functionality, and Microsoft Sharepoint Connector.

Kyocera has overhauled its TASKalfa line with newer products that are more powerful and include new solutions to help support offices. The TASKalfa 3010i and 3510i are good buys for the small workgroup multifunctional needs, but does not need color.

Features

Standard paper input includes two 500-sheet drawers and a 100-sheet bypass. An optional dual 500-sheet and dual 1,500-sheet supply modules provides the potential for seven paper sources that can accept all paper sizes up to 11″ x 17″. Maximum paper capacity is 4,100 sheets.

Automatic duplexing for copying and printing is standard. You have a choice of three optional document feeders: a 50-sheet RADF, a 100-sheet RADF or a 175-sheet DADF (that scan two pages in a single pass).

Two finishers are available. One is a 1,000-sheet finisher with 50-sheet multiposition stapling. The second is a 3,000-sheet finisher with 50-sheet multiposition stapling. It can accept additional modules. These modules include a 2/3-hole punch unit and a seven-bin mailbox unit with 100-sheet capacity in each bin.

Color scanning is supported, and functions include scan-to-email, to-folder, to-FTP, and to-USB. File formats include TIFF, PDF, PDF/A, and JPEG. Searchable PDF and OCR are optional.

The optional fax function supports a 33.6kbps modem, and utilizes up to 120MB of memory, maximum.  Internet fax is optional.

Standard security features include LDAP, network and local authentication, and secure print. The optional security kit includes data overwrite and encryption.

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

Shortcomings

Document feeders are only available as options.

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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