Kyocera TASKalfa 3212i 4012i Review

Good: Customizable 9" color touchscreen, excellent paper-handling options, Kyocera Fleet Service that lets dealer perform routine maintenance tasks for customers remotely.
Bad: Document feeders are only optional.
Bottom Line: Black-and-white MFPs with comprehensive features for the small-to-medium workgroups that don't require color printing or copying.
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Price:
Intended Users:
Kyocera
TASKalfa 3212i/4012i
$6,389-$7,773
Small, Medium
Speed Black:
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Processor:
Memory:
32 ppm-40 ppm
Not applicable
1.06 GHz
2 GB

Product Overview

The new TASKalfa 3212i and 4012i replaces the older TASKalfa 3011i and 3511i in Kyocera’s lineup. The TASKalfa 3212i ($6,389) copies and prints at 32 ppm, while the TASKalfa 4012i ($7,773) runs at 40 ppm. Both machines provide standard copying, printing, and scanning features; faxing is optional. First-copy-page time is 4.3 seconds in the 3212i and 3.6 seconds in the 4212i.

The processor runs at 1.06 GHz and there is 2 GB of memory which can be optionally expanded to 8 GB. A 320 GB 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 3212i and 4012i 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 (reversing automatic document feeder), 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 170 MB 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.

About

KYOCERA Document Solutions America, Inc., headquartered in Fairfield, N.J., is a leading provider of computer-connectable document imaging and document management systems, including network-ready digital MFPs/printers, laser printers, color MFPs/printers, digital laser facsimiles, and multifunctional and wide format imaging solutions. KYOCERA Document Solutions America is a group company of KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc., 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 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 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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