Are Kyocera Copiers Any Good?
When you think of a office copier there may be a few names that come to mind, is Kyocera one of them? If not, maybe it should be.
You are probably here because you need a new copier and someone just bid a Kyocera Copier and you are saying “I’ve never even heard of Kyocera, are they any good?.”
The short answer to that is…….
There are obviously many options when choosing a copier for your business, and Kyocera’s are great all around copiers. But while this isn’t a comparative analysis of other brands and Kyocera devices, it is a summary of the strengths of Kyocera and what makes them unique and how they can help make your office and business workflow more efficient.
A Brief History of Kyocera
Kyocera is an award-winning printer and copier manufacturer and one of the top brands for such devices in not only North America, but globally, where they dominate the European Market. This year, 2019, marks the 60th anniversary of it’s beginning in a small factory in Kyoto, Japan. In it’s early days, the company focused solely on producing industrial ceramics products.
Today, Kyocera has expanded into many various markets including mobile phones and Solar Cells and office technology and has nearly 77,000 employees worldwide. Kyocera got into the printer business in 2000 with the acquisition of Mita Industrial Company, which later became Kyocera Document Solutions.
Printers and Copiers
Like most top brands, Kyocera manufactures a wide range of laser printers and multi-functional devices that incorporate faxing, scanning, copying and printing. Overall, the printers have a reputation for being extremely reliable, easy-to-use and capable of producing high-quality prints in large volumes.
When it comes to operating costs, Kyocera products have a unique advantage over the competition. Using its expertise in ceramics, the company manufactures its printing devices with ceramic drums, which use less energy and heat. In additiona, ceramic particles are added to the toner to clean the copier drums while they’re working. This means Kyocera devices need less servicing and have lower operating costs than many other brands.
So Why Choose Kyocera?
There are several reasons, but here are just a few:
As we posted back in July, on the one year anniversary, The Buyers Lab named Kyocera the most reliable Color Copier back in 2018. BLI is known as the premier independent equipment review company. BLI’s reviewers looked at the Kyocera’s entire line, calculating misfeeds, reviewing service interventions, and testing total impressions. In addition to having excellent color output, fast speeds, and low cost of ownership, they found that:
“testing over the past five years, every single one of Kyocera’s color copiers demonstrated excellent reliability, with every device scoring 10 out of 10.”
BLI also states,
“In the business world, time is money, and if a device has a jam or is down for service, that is lost productivity. With a misfeed rate that is among the lowest in class and zero service interventions required over more than 1.8 million impressions, Kyocera is a brand users can count on when they need a robust and reliable color copier to keep their team productive.”
This is extremely high praise and should settle anyone’s qualms with regards to the reliability of the Kyocera brand of copiers.
Kyocera’s TASKalfa line of high-production color copiers are also known for its above-average performance in image quality, speed and multitasking capabilities.
Just over the summer, several Kyocera MFPs were awarded in the BLI Summer 2019 Pick Awards. BLI experts once again praised the devices for their reliability, performance and value, calling them “true workhorses with exceptional reliability.”
Kyocera offers low overall cost of ownership compared to other brands. That’s due in large part to the way it’s products are designed. Most laser printers have imaging cartridges that integrate a drum, developer and toner into one unit, which means the cartridge has to be replaced each time the toner runs out. Instead, Kyocera printer’s ceramic drum is separate from the toner cartridge and is designed to last the life of the printer. Using these innovative ceramic drums means less money being wasted when printing. These drums are very durable, resistant to wear and are considered a value for the money spent. Utilizing this toner and parts technology is viewed as a way to save costs overall, so if you are still using an older machine, this is a area where a Kyocera machine can save you money on your print costs.
On the software side, Kyocera has a sophisticated application platform called HyPAS™ (Hybrid Platform for Advanced Solutions) that can expand the capabilities of your MFP to streamline business processes and improve digital workflow. These Apps allow for your printer or copier to be customized to fit your needs perfectly. Whether you need to link your cloud storage or have your scanned documents sent to a network drive based on content, HyPAS apps can help.
Kyocera’s ECOSYS line of printers is designed to reduce environmental impact and minimize running costs. They’re built to use as few consumables as possible, which means less maintenance, lower operating costs, and easier recycling of used components. Kyocera Group is also recognized for its climate change initiatives. The company has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30 percent by the year 2030, a goal that’s been officially endorsed by the Science-Based Targets initiative.
The Bottom Line
Once you decide on the kind of device you need and the specific features and capabilities it must have, you’ll have little trouble finding a Kyocera model to suit your needs. And, it’s clear from the many positive reviews, that Kyocera is a brand with a diverse line of products in which you can feel confident investing in.
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