Kyocera TASKalfa 6053ci 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 generation of color MFPs with enhanced features that help offices of all sizes improve their productivity.
Intended Users:
TASKalfa 6053ci Series
All sizes
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
25 ppm-60 ppm
25 ppm-60 ppm
1.2 GHz
4 GB

Product Overview

The new TASKalfa 6053ci Series replace the older TASKalfa 6052ci Series as a new-generation line of color MFPs. 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 consists of six color MFPs that range in 25 ppm to 60 ppm in color speed. They all offer standard printing, copying and scanning functions, with faxing as an option.

The six devices are:

  • The TASKalfa 2553ci ($8,921) that prints and copies at 25 ppm in both black and color
  • The TASKalfa 3253ci ($10,147) that prints and copies at 32 ppm in both black and color
  • The TASKalfa 3553ci ($11,832) that prints and copies at 35 ppm in both black and color
  • The TASKalfa 4053ci ($15,134) that prints and copies at 40 ppm in both black and color
  • The TASKalfa 5053ci ($17,464) with an engine speed of 50 ppm in both black and color
  • The TASKalfa 6053ci ($22,358) with an engine speed of 60 ppm in black and 55ppm in color

The series has a 1.2 GHz processor, 4 GB of memory (that can be expanded to 8 GB) and a 320 GB hard drive. First-page-out-copy time in color range from 4.4 seconds to 8.5 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 six machines 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).

More details are in our Features section below.

The TASKalfa 6053ci Series is a scalable series of devices for any workgroups that’s in need of color printing/copying and multifunctionality.


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.

EFI Fiery controller: On all devices except the 2553ci, 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?


The document feeders are only available as options.


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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