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In Short: The Kyocera FS-C8525 /FS-C8520 MFP is an 11x17 color page printer/ scanner/ copier for general office use. The Kyocera C8525mfp setup was simple once it was unpacked as the four toners slide into their slots in the front of the machine. It became instantly clear that this Kyocera was physically more substantial than the other models in this group. The Kyocera C8525mfp was easily added to our network allowing everyone on our network to print or scan. After adding some email addresses we were also able to scan to email, to a single address or an entire group. The smallish touch screen display is part of a larger intuitive interface built for speed that makes more sense the more you use it.

On paper the Kyocera C8525mfp was rated slowest at 25ppm but in our actual printing speed tests, the Kyocera consistently finished ahead of printers rated much faster. The Kyocera seemed to be especially efficient when auto duplex printing and copying (two-sided).

The Kyocera C8520/C8525mfp prints 600X600dpi with an impressive 8 bit Color Depth for vivid and accurate looking color copies. As a whole, the Kyocera was the best printing MFP device we tested with sharp text and very smooth looking gradients even on images that proved too challenging for the other printers tested here. The faster scanning speeds on the Kyocera C8520/C8525mfp also helped boost the overall throughput. The Kyocera models ship with fast Ethernet, 1.5GB RAM, and speak PCL, PS3, and Prescribe.

The Kyocera C8520/C8525mfp base units ship with one 500-sheet feeder and a 100-sheet MP tray. Both sources can handle paper up to 11x17 and as heavy as 256g/m2. Easily the most robust paper handling of this group and indicative of a higher duty cycle. One or two-tray paper feeder options are available as well as a 500-sheet finisher and optional fax.

The Bottom Line: The Kyocera C8520/C8525mfp is a great color MFP for the office that can scan, print, and copy, letter and 11x17 size papers. It produces great looking color and B&W prints on a variety of media up to 256g/m2 or 90lb cover stock. The larger paper supply and super low cost of supplies make this machine appropriate for more significant use. Overall the Kyocera performed slightly above average in the speed test but blew away the competition on print quality, operating cost, paper handling, and ease of use. The Kyocera C8520mfp and C8525mfp work well with most versions of Windows and most recent versions of Mac OS.

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