Kyocera targets workgroup market with new laser printers

Kyocera Mita is hoping to boost its share of the workgroup printer market with the launch of three new mono laser models.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  March 24, 2004

Kyocera Mita is hoping to boost its share of the workgroup printer market with the launch of three new mono laser models. The company has unveiled its new A4 FS-1920, FS-3820N and FS-3830N printers, which it claims offer workgroup users quick, efficient printing thanks to short warm-up times and fast print speeds. The new models feature options such as paper feeders, duplex options for double-sided printing, envelope feeders, and network connectivity. The FS-1920 is aimed at small teams and workgroups who may be looking to replace a desktop printer and offers a quoted 28ppm print speed and 1,200dpi resolution. With the optional duplex unit installed, Kyocera claims duplex printing is possible at a rate of 13 double-sided A4 sheets per minute. 32MB of memory is also included to reduce network data loading. The FS-3820N is aimed at slightly larger workgroups and while it quotes the same 28ppm print speed and 1,200dpi resolution, its paper capacity can be increased to 2,100 sheets through the installation of three optional 500-sheet paper cassettes. It also comes equipped with a 10/100BaseTX Ethernet card and 64MB of on-board memory. The FS-3830N is targeted at professional workgroups and is billed as the fastest of Kyocera’s new machines with a quoted 33ppm print speed. Its paper capacity can be increased to 2,100 sheets and it features an optional mailbox sorter that contains five bins, each of which can be assigned to different users or departments. The FS-3830N, says Kyocera, can also store electronic forms and link each of these to separate paper sources to speed up the form production. 96MB of standard memory is included. "These new printers add another dimension to our line up of A4 monochrome devices, which will have a significant impact on the market," said Maki Nagao, product manager, Kyocera Mita. "The FS-1920, the FS-3820N and the FS-3830N are all ideal for the varying needs of modern workgroups – offering the speed, power and flexible modularity that is synonymous with Kyocera devices. They all include a wide range of options such as paper feeders, a duplex unit, an envelope feeder, a mailbox and network connectivity, so each printer can be truly tailored to our customers’ businesses." These three new printers should be available in the region in April or May. Their launch follows the expansion last month of Kyocera’s digital copier range, when the company launched its latest A3 desktop model, the KM-2020.

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