Kyocera TASKalfa 6551ci and 7551ci Review

Good: Impressive paper-handling features, rugged speed, optional Fiery Print System.
Bad: Wi-Fi connectivity is not offered.
Bottom Line: Kyocera extends its reach with high-speed color copier/MFPs.
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Kyocera
TASK. 6551ci/7551ci
$32,954-$39,545
Production
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65ppm-75ppm
65ppm-70ppm
1,067MHz
4GB

Product Overview

Kyocera continues to update its TASKalfa lineup of copier-multifunctionals, and these two new models represent Kyocera’s latest entry in the high-volume/production arena. The TASKalfa 6551ci ($32,954) runs at 65ppm. The TASKalfa 7551ci ($39,545) prints and copies at 75ppm in black-and-white and at 70ppm in color.

Both models come with standard copy, print, and scan. Faxing is a $1,155 option.

These machines are powered by a 1,067MHz processor. First-page-out times are an excellent 5.4 seconds in black and 6.2 seconds in color for the 6551ci. The 7550ci reaches 4.8 seconds in black and 5.9 seconds in color. Maximum monthly duty cycles are 350,000 and 400,000 pages, respectively.

Kyocera continue to update its copier-multifunctional market with some strong models. These higher-end productivity devices fill out the line with competitive features and high speed. Add to that Kyocera’s deserved acclaim for its durable and economical-to-run machines, and these look like very strong contenders.

Features

Both models come with a standard 4GB of memory and a dual 160GB hard disk. Ethernet and USB connectivity are standard. PCL and PostScript support are standard, along with XPS.

These machines include 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.

Standard paper input includes two 500-sheet drawers and a 150-sheet bypass. Optional dual 500-sheet ($1,287) and dual 1,500-sheet ($1,380) supply modules provides the potential for seven paper sources that can accept all paper sizes up to 12″ x 18″. The main drawers handle paper ranging from 16lb. bond up to 140lb. index, and the 150-sheet bypass handles stock up to 110lb. cover.

Alternatively, an optional 3,000-sheet large-capacity tray ($1,417) and a 500-sheet multimedia tray for $834 are available to bump up the maximum capacity to 7,650 sheets.

A 270-sheet duplexing document feeder is standard. Automatic duplexing for copying and printing is standard.

For finishing, you can add a 4,000-sheet finisher with 65-sheet multiposition stapling that lists for $2,500. It can accept additional modules.

These modules include a 2/3-hole punch unit ($670), a saddlestitching folding unit ($1,500) that can create 64-page booklets from up to 28lb. bond, and a seven-bin mailbox unit with 100-sheet capacity in each bin that lists for $1,000.

Color scan features include scan-to-email, to folder, to FTP, and to a USB flash drive. They can also scan to Apple and Android devices as well. File formats supported include PDF, TIFF, JPEG, and XPS, and encrypted PDF is supported as well.

The faxing function operates at 33.6kbps, uses JBIG compression, and utilizes up to 120MB of memory, maximum. Internet fax is available for $300.

The optional security kit ($580) includes data overwrite and encryption. A card authentication kit is also available.

Kyocera also offers an optional Fiery Print System for $9,890.

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

Shortcomings

Wi-Fi connectivity is not offered.

About

Kyocera Mita America, Inc., headquartered in Fairfield, N.J., 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 Mita America is a group company of Kyocera Mita Corporation. Kyocera Mita Corporation is 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 Mita 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 Mita 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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