Kyocera TASKalfa 408ci 508ci Review

Good: Versatile finishing options, mobile printing, intuitive 7" color control panel.
Bad: Document feeders are not standard features.
Bottom Line: Compact and scalable color MFPs with robust features.
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Kyocera
TASKalfa 408ci/508ci
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Medium, Large
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42 ppm- 52 ppm
42 ppm- 52 ppm
1 GHz
4 GB

Product Overview

The TASKalfa 408ci and 508ci are scalable devices that join the TASKalfa 308ci and 358ci in Kyocera’s color MFP lineup. The TASKalfa 408ci prints and copies at up to 42 ppm in black and color, while the TASKalfa 508ci has an engine speed of up to 52 ppm. Printing, copying and scanning are standard functions and faxing is optional. First-page-out time for copying in color is 6.9 seconds on the 408ci and 6.2 seconds on the 508ci.

Both MFPs come with a 1 GHz processor, 4 GB of memory and a standard 320 GB hard drive. There’s also a 7″ (800 x 480 dot resolution) color touch screen control panel that users can set commonly-accessed workflows. The devices also support printing languages such as Kyocera’s proprietary PRESCRIBE language, PCL, PostScript and XPS. USB and Ethernet is standard while Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi are optional. Mobile printing is supported via Apple AirPrint, Google CloudPrint and Kyocera Mobile Print.

More information on these devices is in our Features section below.

Features

Paper handling: Paper handling starts with a 500-sheet tray and a 100-sheet bypass. Kyocera offers optional paper trays that max out at 3,100 sheets, including an additional single 500-sheet tray, two 500-sheet trays and a 2,000-sheet large-capacity tray. All trays accept up to 8.5″ x 14″ paper size. In addition, the devices support a banner size of up to 8.5″ x 48″.

Kyocera offers users a choice of three optional document feeders: a reversing automatic document feeder with a 75-sheet capacity, a dual-scan document feeder with a 100-sheet capacity and a dual-scan document feeder with a 270-sheet capacity.

The monthly duty cycle is 150,000 pages and both devices include a standard 500-sheet output tray. Users can choose from a variety of finishing options, such as a 300-sheet internal finisher with 50-sheet multiposition stapling, a job separator and a five-bin mailbox. There’s also two optional external finishers with 50-sheet multiposition stapling. The first finisher has a capacity of up to 1,000 sheets and the second finisher supports up to 3,200 sheets.

Scanning: Users can send their scans in various ways, such as folder, email, FTP, USB, TWAIN and WSD. These devices accept several file formats, such as TIFF, PDF, XPS and JPEG. Searchable PDF is optional.

Faxing: The optional fax processor includes a 33.6 Kbps modem, up to 170 MB of memory, network connectivity and duplexing.

Security: The device supports many security features, such as local and network authentication, secure print and LDAP authentication. Optional features include hard drive overwrite mode and hard drive encryption.

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

Shortcomings

The document feeders are only available as options, but Kyocera gives customers a choice of three different ones for their needs.

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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