Kyocera TASKalfa 6003i Series Review

Good: 10.1" color touchscreen interface, 270-sheet document feeder that includes multi-feed detection and 120 ipm simplex speed, flexible paper handling.
Bad: The document feeders are only available as options.
Bottom Line: New line of black-and-white MFPs with robust features for offices with high-volume printing needs.
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Kyocera
TASKalfa 6003i Series
$9,123-$12,353
Medium, Large
Speed Black:
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Memory:
40 ppm-60 ppm
Not applicable
1.2 GHz
4 GB

Product Overview

The TASKalfa 6003i Series replace the older TASKalfa 6002i Series in Kyocera’s black-and-white MFP lineup. The newer devices include enhancements, such as a new 10.1″ color touchscreen interface, a new document feeder that includes higher scanning speeds and multi-feed detection and enhanced security features.

The series consist of three devices: the TASKalfa 4003i ($9,123), TASKalfa 5003i ($10,500) and TASKalfa 6003i ($12,353). They all offer printing, copying and scanning as standard functions with optional faxing. The engine speeds for the 4003i, 5003i and 6003i are 40 ppm, 50 ppm and 60 ppm, respectively. First-page-out time for copies are 4.5 seconds for the 4003i, 3.7 seconds for the 5003i and 3.4 seconds for the 6003i.

The processor runs at 1.2 GHz and there is 4 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.

All three devices have a customizable 10.1″ color touchscreen interface that works similarly to a tablet. Users can download any of Kyocera’s 60 business applications via its programming interface, Hybrid Platform Advanced Solutions (HyPAS).

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 6003i Series include robust features for offices with high-volume printing needs.

Features

Paper handling: Paper handling starts with two 500-sheet trays and a 150-sheet bypass. Kyocera offers optional paper trays that max out at 7,150 sheets, including two 500-sheet trays, two 1,500-sheet trays and a 3,000-sheet capacity tray. The standard 500-sheet trays accept up to legal-sized (8.5″ x 14″) paper, while the bypass and optional 500-sheet trays can accept up to 12″ x 18″ paper.

On all devices, there’s a choice of three optional document feeders: a 140-sheet reversing automatic document feeder, a 270-sheet document feeder that scans both sides of a page in a single pass, and a second 270-sheet single-pass document feeder that includes multi-feed detection and a scanning speed of up to 120 ipm in simplex.

There are a few finishing options. First, there’s a 500-sheet internal finisher that includes a 50-sheet dual-stapling position. Users can purchase an optional 2/3-hole punch kit. Second, there’s a 1,000-sheet finisher with 50-sheet multiposition stapling and an optional punch kit. Finally, there’s the 4,000-sheet finisher with 65-sheet multiposition stapling. Users can also purchase an optional booklet folder/tri-fold unit and multi-bin mailbox for this finisher. The mailbox includes seven trays with a 100-sheet capacity per tray.

Scanning: Users can send their scans in various ways, including scanning to folder, email, FTP, USB, TWAIN and WSD. These devices accept several file formats, such as TIFF, PDF, XPS and JPEG. Searchable PDF is optional. Scanning can be done in both black and color with a resolution of up to 600 dpi.

Faxing: The optional fax features include a 33.6 Kbps modem and 170 MB of memory. Network and duplex faxing are supported.

Security: The devices support many security features, such as local and network authentication, secure print and LDAP authentication. Optional features include a data security kit, 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.

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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