Kyocera FS-3140MFP Review
In a single desktop package, the Copystar/Kyocera-Mita FS-3140MFP gives you B&W laser printing, copying, plus faxing and color scanning. A USB socket on the front allows for direct printing and scanning from a USB flash drive without the need for a computer. Designed for high volume users, this network-ready, duplexing printer can print at speeds up to 42 images per minute.
In case you’re wondering, Copystar is a division of Kyocera-Mita, so many of the FS models found on the market brandish labels from either company. Starting at 56 pounds with a 19½ inch square footprint, the FS-3140MFP multifunction is a little large for your desk. Sitting the Copystar on a table or credenza will give more than enough clearance to use its automatic document feeder and its 21 ½” height allows you to make copies and scans without having to stoop.
Originals can be placed on the 11” x 14” glass platen for scanning and copying single pages or books. The Reversible Automatic Document Feeder (RADF) allows for two-sided scanning of up to 50 originals at 42 images per minute to keep up with the top speed of the printer.
After a 22-second warm-up, in less than 7 seconds the FS-3140MFP starts printing at speeds up to 42 letter-sized (or 40 A4 size) pages per minute. At the maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200, the Copystar is great for sharp monochrome printing of small fonts and detailed graphics. The built-in duplexer gives you the flexibility of 2-sided printing. This model has the largest set of print emulators: from the industry standard HP PCL6 and Adobe PostScript3, to PDF, IBM ProPrinter, PRESCRIBE, the old Epson LQ-850 and Diablo 630 languages.
Up to 999 color copies can be made with the FS-3140MFP at 42 pages per second. The copy function has three different exposure modes to handle text to photo reproduction. The magnification can be automatically or manually changed from 25% to 400% in 1% increments or in 12 presets.
Originals can be scanned in color from resolutions ranging from 200 to 600 dpi. Scans can be saved in the popular JPEG, TIFF, PDF, XPS formats, or sent directly back to the computer, USB drive, or e-mailed. Maximum scan speed at 200 dpi is 35 B&W images per minute. The scanner supports TWAIN and Microsoft’s WIA.
Using a 33.6 kbps modem, faxes can be transmitted at speeds of 20 pages per minute. The dedicated 3.5MB of memory allow storage of 256 fax pages. 22 hard keys can be programmed for one-touch dialing, plus a 100-number Quick Dial is available for your most common faxes. SMB & FTP support allows for receiving faxes over a network.
One of the nice features about this Copystar is the cassette paper tray is capable of holding an entire ream of legal-size paper. Non-standard sizes materials to 8½” x 14” are loaded into the 100-sheet multi-purpose flip tray. Up to three more 500-sheet trays can be stacked to the FS-3140MFP, bringing its total capacity to 2,100 sheets, ideal for businesses that go through a case of paper in a month.
The FS-3140MFP can be either connected directly to a computer through its USB 2.0 port or over the network via 10/100BaseTX Ethernet. Starting with the 256MB memory and having an additional slot for expansion to 768MB, the printer can more than handle additional workloads of a large department or classroom.
Copystar corrected the one flaw found in the FS-3040MFP with this model by adding a fax component to this model. With the addition of the fax, this is a true all-in-one model that doesn’t have any shortcomings.
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