Kyocera FS-1350DN review

Price when reviewed

Kyocera’s submission this month is notable for being the most expensive of the printers on test. It makes up for its high initial price, however, with extremely low running costs.

Kyocera FS-1350DN review

You’ll feel the benefit of this after just 10,000 pages, at which point this printer has gone from being the dearest printer to the second cheapest to own. Only the Dell 2330dn matches this performance, but it can’t match the Kyocera’s all-round appeal.

Elsewhere, there’s very little that this printer lacks. It has an integrated duplexer and network connectivity – essentials in a high-volume laser printer such as this. There’s also plenty of capacity: the printer’s maximum monthly duty cycle of 20,000 pages demonstrates its workgroup ambitions, and a total input volume of 370 sheets split across two trays is more than impressive for this money. There’s also a USB socket on the front for printing PDF files directly from flash drives – a feature that no other printer on test this month can boast.

Speed is right up there with the best this month as well: it isn’t as quick as the Konica Minolta and marginally lags behind the Lexmark E260dn and Dell, but its raw throughput of 29ppm (it doesn’t quite match its claimed 30ppm) is still great for the price. Even the complex graphics and photographs in our DTP documents and Excel spreadsheet failed to trip it up, dropping at its slowest to a still-swift rate of 26ppm.

It does have a weakness, though, and this is exposed as soon as you start to examine its printouts. Our high-resolution photo montage, gradient and text tests were all dark with coarse dithering and evidence of distracting banding throughout. Under the microscope it also became clear that text is only middling with fuzzy edges and, at very small point sizes, some malformed characters.

However, at normal sizes text is perfectly readable, and that’s what matters to most people. We were also impressed by the vibrancy of its blacks. But what really secures the Kyocera the overall award this month are its super-low running costs combined with a range of features, and turn of speed, that will impress all who use it.

Printer language & OS Support

PCL level6
PostScript level3

Basic Specifications

Resolution printer final1200 x 1200dpi
Rated/quoted print speed30PPM
Maximum paper sizeA4
Duplex functionyes

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page0.9p
Cost per A4 colour pageN/A


Monthly duty cycle20,000 pages
Drum lifeN/A
Fuser lifeN/A
Transfer-belt lifeN/A
Standard mono toner life7,200 pages
High-yield mono toner lifeN/A
Standard colour toner lifeN/A
High-yield colour toner lifeN/A
Supplied mono toner life3,600 pages
Supplied colour toner lifeN/A

Power and noise

Peak noise level54.0dB(A)
Dimensions375 x 393 x 267mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption480W
Idle power consumption7W

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured)29ppm
Colour print speedN/A

Media Handling

Input tray capacity250 sheets
Output tray capacity250 sheets


USB connection?yes
Ethernet connection?yes
Bluetooth connection?no
WiFi connection?no
PictBridge port?no
Other connectionsUSB host, CF card reader

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported?no
Operating system Windows Vista supported?yes
Operating system Windows XP supported?yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported?no
Operating system Windows 98SE supported?no
Other operating system supportMac OS X 10.2 and various implementations of Linux

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