Ky­ocera Ecosys P5026cdw

A laser prin­ter with dis­tinct strengths.

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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.


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