Kyocera Ecosys P5026cdw
A laser printer with distinct strengths.
Kyocera is targeting the small- to medium-sized business with this mid-priced colour laser printer. It’s a step up from noisy and slow budget laser printers, and more efficient to run than inkjet rivals, making it suitable for a busy office that’s reliant on paperwork.
This is strictly a no-frills printer, not a multifunction device, so there’s no scanner or fax on-board and Kyocera advises against loading photo paper. What you can do is fill the 250-sheet paper tray with letter, or the 50-sheet multipurpose tray with envelopes, and print at a steady rate of around 26 pages per minute.
In terms of connectivity, you get integrated Wi-Fi alongside the usual square USB port, plus there’s also a front USB port for inserting a flash drive — but no NFC compatibility. Kyocera has also ignored the trend for ever-larger touchscreen interfaces: a humble twoline mono LCD panel is all you get, with rudimentary cursor buttons to navigate through the primitive and awkward user interface.
The companion app Kyocera Mobile Print is a free download for iOS and Android, and it presents an attractive interface for printing wirelessly from your phone. However, you can’t check the printer’s toner levels from the app.
Plain text on A4 paper looks fabulous from this razor-sharp laser printer, especially when you introduce colour. These look bold and perfectly contained, and as colourful documents take exactly the same amount of time to print, it’s tempting to drop in some red, yellow and blue text just to brighten things up a bit.