Ky­ocera Ecosys P5026cdw

A laser printer with dis­tinct strengths

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$469 Man­u­fac­turer Ky­ocera Doc­u­ment So­lu­tions Amer­ica,­ocer­adoc­u­mentso­lu­ Fea­tures USB 2.0, Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net and Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, SD/SDHC card slot

Ky­ocera is tar­get­ing the small to medi­um­sized busi­ness with this mid-priced color 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 250sheet 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 there’s no NFC com­pat­i­bil­ity. Ky­ocera has also ig­nored the trend for ev­er­larger touch­screen in­ter­faces: a hum­ble two-line mono LCD panel is all you get, with rudi­men­tary cur­sor but­tons to nav­i­gate through the prim­i­tive and awk­ward user in­ter­face.

The com­pan­ion app, called Ky­ocera Mo­bile Print, is a free down­load for iOS and An­droid de­vices, and it presents an at­trac­tive in­ter­face for print­ing wire­lessly from your smart­phone. Dis­ap­point­ingly, though, 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 some color. These look bold and per­fectly con­tained, and as col­or­ful 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.

The bot­tom line. If you don’t mind per­se­ver­ing with a tiny LCD, the P5026cdw’s out­put is fast and con­sis­tent, achiev­ing an im­pres­sive print qual­ity, and it has plen­ti­ful paper and ink ca­pac­ity. Jim Hill

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