Kyocera TASKalfa 9002i Review

Good: Excellent paper-handling features, customizable 9" color touch screen, Kyocera Fleet Service that lets dealer perform routine maintenance tasks for customers remotely.
Bad: Not intended for small and medium-sized businesses.
Bottom Line: Strong and flexible black-and-white MFP intended for companies with high-volume printing needs.
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Kyocera
TASKalfa 9002i
$32,783
Large, Enterprise
Speed Black:
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90ppm
Not applicable
1.2GHz
4.5GB

Product Overview

The new TASKalfa 9002i is an extension to the TASKalfa 8002i Series in Kyocera’s high-volume black-and-white MFP lineup. At $32,783, it’s intended for companies that work with very high-volume amount of documents, such as publishing firms or central reprographics departments (CRDs). It copies and prints at up to 90ppm and supports standard copying, printing, and scanning, and optional faxing.

First-page-print-time is 4.3 seconds. The 9002i includes 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, Ethernet and Wi-Fi is standard; Gigabit Ethernet is 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 9002i is good for large and production-level environments that has high printing needs but doesn’t require color output.

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.

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

Shortcomings

The TASKalfa 9002i is not intended for small or medium-sized businesses.

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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