When you start researching Kyocera copiers and printers, you can quickly see a few recurring themes. They’re considered highly reliable, cost-efficient and ahead of the pack when it comes to sustainability. This review is going to cover what you need to know about Kyocera as an organization, their line copiers and printers, as well as a few expert opinions on how well Kyocera devices perform.
In 2018, Kyocera was named the Most Reliable Color Copier MFP Brand by Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab, the leading source of document imaging industry data and test results. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at what the company offers and what people say about Kyocera copiers and printers.
A Brief History of Kyocera
Kyocera is an award-winning printer manufacturer and one of the top printer brands in Atlantic Canada. 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of its beginning in a small factory in Kyoto, Japan. In its early days, the company focused solely on producing industrial ceramics products.
Today, Kyocera Group is a multinational manufacturer of ceramics, electronics and office technology and has nearly 77,000 employees worldwide. Kyocera got into the printer business in 2000 with the acquisition of Mita Industrial Company, which later became Kyocera Document Solutions.
Kyocera Printers and Copiers
Like most top brands, Kyocera manufactures a wide range of laser and inkjet printers and multifunctional devices that incorporate faxing, scanning, copying and printing. Overall, the printers have a reputation for being extremely reliable, easy-to-use and capable of producing high-quality prints in large volumes.
When it comes to operating costs, Kyocera products have a unique advantage over the competition. Using its expertise in ceramics, the company manufactures its printing devices with ceramic drums, which use less energy and heat. As well, ceramic particles are added to the toner to clean the copier drums while they’re working. This means Kyocera devices need less servicing and have lower operating costs than many other brands.
Why Choose Kyocera?
Here are three areas where Kyocera copiers and printers get high marks:
The Buyers Lab Reliability award Kyocera won back in 2018 was for its ECOSYS® A3 line of colour MFPs. Reviewers looked at the entire line, calculating misfeeds, reviewing service calls and testing total impressions. It gave each model a 10 out of 10 and concluded that downtime would rarely be an issue with any of the devices.
Kyocera’s TASKalfa line of high-production colour printers is also known for its above-average performance in image quality, speed and multitasking capabilities.
Several models were among six Kyocera MFPs included in the BLI Summer 2019 Pick Awards. BLI experts praised the devices for their reliability, performance and value, calling them “true workhorses with exceptional reliability.”
Kyocera offers low overall cost of ownership compared to other brands. That’s due in large part to the way its products are designed. Most laser printers have imaging cartridges that integrate a drum, developer and toner into one unit, which means the cartridge has to be replaced each time the toner runs out. Instead, the Kyocera printer’s ceramic drum is separate from the toner cartridge and is designed to last the life of the printer.
On the software side, Kyocera has a sophisticated application platform called HyPAS™ (Hybrid Platform for Advanced Solutions) that can expand the capabilities of your MFP to streamline business processes and improve digital workflow.
Kyocera’s ECOSYS line of printers is designed to reduce environmental impact and minimize running costs. They’re built to use as few consumables as possible, which means less maintenance, lower operating costs and easier recycling of used components. Kyocera Group is also recognized for its climate change initiatives. The company has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30 percent by the year 2030, a goal that’s been officially endorsed by the Science-Based Targets initiative.
Are People Always Praising Kyocera Devices?
While there seems to be a lot of great things to say about Kyocera copiers, not every review is glowing. For instance, PC World did a review of the Kyocera ECOSYS FS-1325MFP, a device aimed at the home office and small business markets. In it, the reviewers concluded the equipment was worth buying “only if quality isn’t your primary concern” and that you’re more interested in a printer that’s economical and eco-friendly.
And in this 2018 review of the best printers for small to mid-sized businesses, experts noted that the TASKalfa 4551ci was “an effective high-capacity printer.” But they weren’t impressed with the image quality.
The Bottom Line
Once you decide on the kind of device you need and the specific features and capabilities it must have, you’ll have little trouble finding a Kyocera model to suit your needs. And, it’s clear from the many positive reviews that Kyocera is a brand with a diverse line of products in which you can feel confident investing.
But we understand the choices can be overwhelming. So, if you need more help, please contact one of our office equipment experts, and we’d be happy to answer any of your questions.
Alternatively, if you want to learn a little more about what these devices might cost you, check out our guide on just that!
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