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 Kyocera FS-C5400
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Kyocera FS-C5400
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In Short:
The Kyocera-Mita C5400N is the latest and fastest desktop color printer from this manufacturer to date. The new C5400DN is one of several models to use this very advanced third generation Kyocera engine that combines all the best features of previous generations. The C5400DN prints up to 37ppm in color or black & white, has 650-sheet standard paper capacity, and yet it takes up no more desk space than a black and white printer. Like all Kyocera printers, the big emphasis and overall theme is conservation; as in conserving your money by having the lowest operating cost of any other printer in its respective category. The low cost per color page rating of 5.1 cents per page is approximately half that of most other color lasers. The C5400DN also has fewer consumables to replace and throw away. Our printer came packed very well and was easy to set up. With just the waste toner and the four color toner cartridges to install in the printer, the install was one of the fastest ever. The controller in the C5400N is very complete by any standard and is loaded with features including: a 733MHz PowerPC750CL processor, 256MB, Ethernet, USB, and pretty much every printer language or emulation including PS3 and multiple versions of PCL. The driver installation was also straight forward. The print quality produced by this new printer was very impressive overall and the color accuracy was outstanding out of the box. If you want to dig deeper, the C5400DN allows you to make fine adjustments and you can even save your own color profiles. The test photos we printed looked better than most of the other printers tested here with very smooth gradations and highlights even on black and white photos. The C5400DN handles plain paper up to legal size from it’s 500-sheet feeder. The 150-sheet MP tray can handle paper as heavy as 80lb cover and also supports custom sizes. The C5400DN also did a great job with envelope printing in our testing and we were able to load 23 standard envelopes in its MP tray. Envelopes are problematic for most color lasers so this is a plus. A couple of other unique features are the printer’s ability to add up to four (4) more feeders for a total of six addressable paper sources, and it's ability to also auto-duplex from the Multi-Purpose tray. The new Kyocera C5400DN will work in any environment and supports all network protocols for universal compatibility with MAC OS, UNIX, or most any other OS. The printer has several options including additional 500-sheet feeders, RAM upgrade to 1280MB, caster base, and internal hard drive.

The Bottom Line:
The Kyocera C5400DN is an advanced color print engine designed to conserve consumable costs along with the environment. This model combines a very robust controller with a fast and versatile engine in a relatively small and sleek package. Though the Kyocera printers are the greenest, our evaluation is purely based on performance and the bottom line. The impressive print quality, paper handling, super-low cost per page, and size spell Editor’s Choice. This printer is a no-brainer if you print more than 10K pages per month.

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