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In Short: The Kyocera M8124cidn /M8130cidn MFP are new 11x17 color laser printer/ scanner/ copiers for general office use and replace the previous C8520 and C8525MFP. They are similar to their predecessors in most ways with the main difference being upgraded processors and higher resolution. The Kyocera M8124cidn setup was simple once it was unpacked as the four toners slide into their slots in the front of the machine. We were impressed with the overall build quality of these units especially as compared to the other models in this category. The Kyocera M8124 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 touch screen display is part of an intuitive interface that makes more sense the more you use it.

On paper the Kyocera M8124 was rated slowest at 24ppm 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.

The M8124 and M8130 both print up to 1200X1200 dpi 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 M8124 and M8130 also helped boost the overall throughput. The Kyocera models ship with fast Ethernet, 1.5GB RAM (3GB max.), and speak PCL, PS3, and Prescribe.

The Kyocera M8124 and M8130 base units both ship with one 500-sheet feeder and a 100-sheet MP tray. Easily the most robust paper handling of this group and indicative of a higher duty cycle. Both sources can handle paper up to 11x17 and as heavy as 256g/m2. One or two-tray paper feeder options are available for a maximum capacity of 1600 sheets. The M8130 has a larger touch screen and allows for an optional 500-sheet finisher. Other options for both models include internal HDD, card authentication kit, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n wireless interface, and optional fax card.

The Bottom Line: The Kyocera M8124cidn and M8130cidn are solid office multi-function color laser printers that can scan, print, and copy, up to 11x17 size paper. They produce great looking color and B&W output on a variety of media up to 256g/m2 or 90lb cover stock. The larger paper supply and super low cost per page make these machines appropriate for significant volume use. Overall the Kyocera models performed well in the speed test but blew away the competition on print quality, operating cost, paper handling, and ease of use. The Kyocera M8124cidn and M8130cidn work well with most versions of Windows and most recent versions of Mac OS.

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