Kyocera Mita KM-4530 Review
Kyocera Mita has been always helping establishments in providing solutions of meeting diverse document and imaging requirements with another multifunction device, the KM-4530. It’s a good all-rounder which can print, copy and scan documents. It offers not only productivity boost in business workflow but as well as flexibility and durability making it a real cost-effective choice. As with any other Kyocera Mita KM series multifunction device, KM-4530 is ridiculously large in its rectangular box resemblance of cream color coupled with some panels in dark gray color. It’s made larger with an additional extension mounted in its left that seems like a rectangular compartment which is a paper feeder. In its frontal part is a dark gray colored panel with LCD display and an array of several buttons with three of which to be larger in yellow, orange and green color used for some basic functions.
First on the list is long lasting component notably the OPC based photoconductor drum that Kyocera Mita claims to have a life of 400,000 impressions. This feature saves a considerable penny in its running and maintenance cost.
Network management system is flexible offering either a LAN-based or a browser-based monitoring and managing of device across the network. Remote viewer is the browser-based network utility and the KM-NET viewer is the LAN-based which are both of identical functionality providing users and administrators with extensive control.
KM-4530 is capable of handling laborious printing jobs that has a maximum monthly volume of of 175,000 pages. The print and copy feature is delivered under the resolution of three variations: 600 DPI, interpolated 1800 x 600 DPI with 256 tone levels and the fast 1200 DPI. Although paper sheet capacity is non-expandable, the standard is substantial for any large paper volume needs at 3,700 sheets given by 2,500-sheet letter size paper deck, a dual 550-sheet drawer and a 100-sheet Multipurpose tray best for handling special media types such as transparencies and envelopes. The incorporated output speed is as well perfect for this large capacity multifunction device. First copy out time is 3.9 seconds which then yields 45 PPM (pages per minute) for letter size, 28 PPM for legal size and 24 PPM for ledger size after. In addition to this, the reversing automatic document feeder saves a considerable amount of time especially when a large volume of paper is to be processed as it conducts automatic flipping and loading of paper with which a double-sided output is needed.
Print functionality is controlled by a 400 MHz embedded PowerPC 750 processor associated with a printer memory of 32 MB which if still insufficient can be upgraded to 256 MB via 100 pin DIMM slot. Aside from the KM-NET utilities, it as well offers additional utilities such as Network Advanced Setup Utilities and PRESCRIBE utilities and has drivers that support various platforms like Windows, Mac and Linux. And KM-4530 has a wide emulation support which includes PRESCRIBE, PCL6, KPDL3, KCGL, Diablo 630, IBM Proprinter X24, Epson LQ 850 and Line printer. An added versatile feature is IP address/Internet printing which is not yet common at the time of KM-4530’s release.
A continuous copy of up to 999 which then auto resets to 1 is possible with Kyocera Mita KM-4530 in an imaging mode whether text mode, photo mode or both. It presents several copying capabilities which include a novel copy mode, cover mode, insert and chapter mode, job build, overlay mode page numbering, booklet making, tandem copy and many more.
TWAIN scanning, scan to PC/file, scan to Mac and scan to email is possible with the scan system of KM-4530 under 200 DPI, 300 DPI, 400 DPI and 600 DPI resolutions. The document can be saved and sent in PDF or TIFF file format and the scanning speed is decent at 50 sheets per minute.
BERTL or Business Equipment Research & Test Laboratories conducted a digital test lab on KM-4530 and pointed out several disadvantages with it: (1) Several layered menus is required to control copier settings, (2) Users cannot easily swap different print drivers to match functionality with application and (3) Print image quality faded on some gray fills and intermittently missed some text on a graphical PDF.
At dimensions of 27”W x 32”D x 45”H and weight of 417 lbs., KM-4530 is bulky and immobile. Unlike several multifunction devices by Kyocera Mita, KM-4530 takes a bit longer to warm-up in its warm-up time of almost 2 minutes. And this device is a bit oldie making operating system compatibility is also a hassle as by default, it is incompatible to newer operating systems namely Windows Vista and 7 since its compatibility are on operating systems prior to its release or in the case of Windows OS, its compatibility is only until Windows XP and so driver/s (if available, which may be found directly in the official manufacturer’s site) is/are needed to be downloaded and installed to be compatible with these newer operating systems.