Kyocera TASKalfa 3011i Series Review

Good: Customizable 9" color touchscreen, excellent paper-handling options, expanded upgrades for same prices as previous generation of devices.
Bad: Document feeders are only optional, no color copying or printing capability.
Bottom Line: Small-to-medium workgroup devices that includes comprehensive features.
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Kyocera
TASKalfa 3011i/3511i
$6,209-$7,529
Small, Medium
Speed Black:
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Processor:
Memory:
30-35ppm
Not applicable
1GHz
2GB

Product Overview

The new TASKalfa 3011i and 3511i replaces the older 3010i and 3510i in Kyocera’s lineup. The new devices include upgraded features, such as higher processor speed, more hard drive memory, an upgraded user interface and higher paper capacity on two of its document feeders. The TASKalfa 3011i ($6,209) copies and prints at 30ppm, while the TASKalfa 3511i ($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 1GHz and there is 2GB of memory which can be optionally expanded to 8GB. A 320GB hard drive is standard. PCL and PostScript is supported.  USB and Ethernet is standard; Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi are optional.

Both devices include a 9″ customizable color touch screen that tilts at a 90-degree angle. The touch screen works like a tablet with touch-and-swipe functionality.

There’s also 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.

The devices also include Kyocera Fleet Services, a cloud-based monitoring service that lets dealers perform routine maintenance tasks for their customers remotely.

The TASKalfa 3011i and 3511i include comprehensive features for devices targeted at the small-to-medium workgroup. They’re also good buys for those workgroups that doesn’t need color copying and printing.

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 140-sheet RADF or a 270-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 170MB 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

The three document feeders are only available as options. Also, there is no color copying or printing capability.

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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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