Kyocera Ecosys FS-C5400DN review

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Kyocera’s latest A4 desktop laser claims a top speed of 35ppm for both colour and mono printing. It comes as standard with an automatic duplexer, and there’s room to expand paper capacity as the printer supports four extra 500-sheet cassettes, giving you up to six paper sources.

Printing costs for Kyocera’s lasers have traditionally been among the lowest, and the FS-C5400DN is no exception. Mono cartridges are good for 16,000 pages at 5% coverage, while the colour ones can last for 12,000 pages, at 8p per mono page and 4p for colour.

Kyocera engages in the dubious practice of shipping the printer with half-capacity starter cartridges, so initial running costs will be higher. We approve of the toner cartridge design, however, which makes for a much cleaner printer installation, as they remain sealed until placed in the printer. The only other consumable is a toner waste bottle and the printer is shipped with two.

It has an integral 500-sheet lower tray and you can stack four more underneath. Combine these with the 150-sheet MPT for a total capacity of 2,650 sheets. It has a small desktop footprint, and the front panel offers a backlit LCD status panel and control keypad.

The FS-C5400DN completed a standard 35-page mono Word document in 59 seconds and our 24-page DTP style document (a collection of colour charts, graphics and photographs) in 41 seconds, for a perfect 35ppm. Duplexing operations were also fast, printing a DTP document on both sides in 48 seconds.

The driver doesn’t offer many controls over print quality. Apart from the default finest mode you only have mono or economy options. It makes light work of choosing print layouts, however, as the quick print tab has one-click options for two-up or four-up printing and duplexing.

Overall print quality was good. Text across a range of sizes was clean and sharp, but there was a slight cross-hatching effect on our mono photo test page. Colour test photos also had a very slight banding effect in large areas of single colours.

Cyan, yellow and magenta toners delivered vibrant colours, and transitions across complex colour fades showed virtually no banding. Grey shades using equal mixes of C, Y and M toner were reproduced faithfully, if a little blotchy.

As a high-speed business colour laser, the FS-C5400DN has little competition if your budget is under £1,000. Mono and colour print quality is decent, paper capacity can be increased massively and its low running costs are unbeatable.


Speed rating N/A

Printer language & OS Support

PCL level 6
PostScript level 3

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 600 x 600dpi
Rated/quoted print speed 35PPM
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function yes

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page 0.8p
Cost per A4 colour page 4.0p


Monthly duty cycle 150,000 pages
Drum life N/A
Fuser life N/A
Transfer-belt life N/A
Standard mono toner life 16,000 pages
High-yield mono toner life N/A
Standard colour toner life 12,000
High-yield colour toner life N/A
Supplied mono toner life 8,000 pages
Supplied colour toner life 6,000

Power and noise

Peak noise level 55.0dB(A)
Dimensions 345 x 518 x 512mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption 608W
Idle power consumption 91W

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured) 35ppm
Colour print speed 35ppm

Media Handling

Input tray capacity 650 sheets


USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? yes
Bluetooth connection? no
WiFi connection? no
PictBridge port? no
Other connections None

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? yes
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? yes

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