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In Short: The P6035cdn and P7040cdn are the latest business class, desktop color network printers from Kyocera. They are physically lighter than the other models in this group and are a bit smaller also. Installation was quick and easy as the four starter toners are pre-installed, we just had to lock them in. It takes a few minutes for the printer to cycle the first time it sees toner but after that warm up was fast. Rated at 37ppm and 42ppm respectively, both models have identical controllers that feature a fast Ethernet, 1GHz PowerPC processor,and 512MB RAM.

The Kyocera printers did well in most speed tests even on larger more complex files. The P6035cdn and P7040cdn have a resolution of 600 DPI with 8-bit color depth. The print quality was the most disappointing aspect of these printers especially considering how well other color Kyocera models can print. The text quality of course was fine and color output would be good enough for most office use but the printed output pales when compared next to the higher resolution printers of this same performance group. 

Both the P6035cdn and P7040cdn include a 500-sheet feeder for paper up to 163g/m2 and a 100-sheet MP feeder that can feed paper as heavy as 80lb cover stock, (220 g/m2). Both models also include auto-duplex for automated two-sided printing. Additional paper feeders can be added, (up to 3 more), as well as more RAM and internal HDD. The only difference in the two models, besides the 5ppm engine speed, is the toner yield with the 7040 toner yielding about 20% more.

The Bottom Line: The P6035cdn and P7040cdn are fast and fairly compact desktop color laser printers with very low supply costs. The down side is middle of the road print quality and paper handling along with a smaller field service footprint. Both configurations will work well with Mac OS 10.5 or later, and Windows XP or later.

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