Kyocera TASKalfa 8052ci Series Review

Good: Excellent paper-handling features, customizable 9" color touch screen, optional EFI Fiery controller.
Bad: Wireless connectivity is only optional, not intended for small and medium-sized businesses.
Bottom Line: A choice of two high-volume color MFPs that includes strong features.
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Kyocera
TASK. 8052ci Series
$32,954-$39,545
Large, Enterprise
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70ppm-80ppm
65ppm-70ppm
1.2GHz
4.5GB

Product Overview

The TASKalfa 8052ci Series are Kyocera’s latest entries in its high-volume color MFP lineup. They consists of two devices that includes standard copying, printing, scanning and optional faxing. The TASKalfa 7052ci ($32,954) copies and prints at 7oppm in black and 60ppm in color. The TASKalfa 8052ci ($39,545) copies and prints at 80ppm in black and 60ppm in color. First-page-print-time in color is 6.3 seconds on the 7052ci and 6.1 seconds on the 8052ci.

Both devices include a 1.2GHz processor, 4.5GB of memory and 320GB hard drive. There is also a 9″ color touchscreen control panel. The touch screen works like a tablet with touch-and-swipe functionality.

PCL and PostScript is supported.  USB and Ethernet is standard; Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi are optional.

There’s also 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.

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 8052ci Series are good for large and enterprise-level companies that requires color output with high-printing needs.

Features

Standard paper input includes two 500-sheet drawers, two 1,500-sheet trays and a 150-sheet bypass. There is a variety of paper input options, including dual 500-sheet trays, dual 1,500-sheet trays, a 500-sheet multimedia paper feeder and a 3,000-sheet large capacity tray. All of these trays accept paper size up to 12″ x 18″ – the bypass tray also accepts banners of up to 12″ x 48″. The maximum paper capacity is 7,650 sheets.

Automatic duplexing for copying and printing is standard. There is also a standard 270-sheet dual-scan document feeder that scans both sides of a paper in a single pass.

There is a 4,000-sheet finisher with 65-sheet multiposition stapling. It can accept additional modules. These modules include a 2/3-hole punch unit, optional booklet folder/tri-fold unit and a seven-bin mailbox unit with 100-sheet capacity in each bin.

Color scanning is supported, and functions include scan-to-email, to-folder, to-FTP, and to-USB. File formats include TIFF, PDF, PDF/A, and JPEG. Searchable PDF and OCR are optional.

The optional fax function supports a 33.6kbps modem, and utilizes up to 170MB of memory, maximum.  Internet fax is optional.

Standard security features include LDAP, network and local authentication, and secure print. The optional security kit includes data overwrite and encryption.

Finally, there’s an optional EFI Fiery controller for advanced color printing and workflows.

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

Shortcomings

Wireless connectivity is only available as an option. Also, the devices are not intended for small or medium-sized businesses.

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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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