Kyocera TASKalfa 6052ci Series Review

Good: Flexible paper handling, 9" color touchscreen interface, optional EFI Fiery controller.
Bad: Faxing and document feeders are only available as options.
Bottom Line: Scalable series of MFPs for the medium-to-large workgroup that needs multifunctionality and color output.
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Kyocera
TASKalfa 6052ci Series
$10,756-$20,325
Medium, Large
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35ppm-60ppm
35ppm-55ppm
1.2GHz
4GB

Product Overview

The new TASKalfa 6052ci Series joins the Kyocera TASKalfa 2552ci and 3252ci devices as part of an overhaul of Kyocera’s color MFP lineup. The series consists of four color MFPs that range in 35ppm to 5ppm in color speed. They all offer standard printing, copying and scanning functions, with faxing as an option.

The four devices are:

  • The TASKalfa 3552ci ($10,756) that prints and copies in 35ppm in both black and color
  • The TASKalfa 4052ci ($13,758) that prints and copies in 40ppm in both black and color
  • The TASKalfa 5052ci ($16,876) with an engine speed of 50ppm in both black and color
  • The TASKalfa 6052ci ($20,325) with an engine speed of 60ppm in black and 55ppm in color

All four MFPs have a 1.2GHz processor, 4GB of memory (that can be expanded to 8GB) and a 320GB hard drive. First-page-out-copy time in color range from 4.4 seconds to 5.9 seconds. PCL, PostScript and XPS printing languages are supported, as is Kyocera’s proprietary PRESCRIBE language.

Ethernet and USB connectivity are standard, while Wi-Fi is optional. Mobile printing and scanning are supported via Apple AirPrint, Google CloudPrint and Kyocera Mobile Print.

All four machines have a customizable 9″ 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).

More details are in our Features section below.

The TASKalfa 6052ci Series is a scalable series of devices for the medium to large workgroups that’s in need of color printing/copying and multifunctionality.

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 two optional document feeders: a 140-sheet reversing automatic document feeder and a 270-sheet document feeder that scans both sides of a page in a single pass.

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.

EFI Fiery controller: Users can optionally purchase the EFI Fiery Printing System 15 controller if they have professional print jobs requiring higher image quality or complex color workflows. It comes with a 2.7 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. It supports PDF, PostScript and Microsoft Office formats. Other features include variable data printing, Fiery ColorWise color management tools and Fiery Command Workstation, to name a few.

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

Shortcomings

Faxing is only available as an option, whereas other devices in this level of the market offer it as standard. The document feeders are also only available as options.

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Kyocera Document Solutions America, headquartered in Fairfield, NJ, 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 Document Solutions America is part of Kyocera Document Solutions Inc., a core company of 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. The brand was originally created for smaller dealers, but it 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.

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