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Kyocera adds high-end, full-featured mono MFPs to new TASKalfa range

Issue 0914/2 – Following the launch of its new TASKalfa brand earlier in the year (see ), Kyocera has now introduced a pair of high-end A3 departmental mono MFPs to complement the original three colour MFPs. Kyocera will ultimately replace the entire KM range of copier/MFPs with the new TASKalfa branding, intended to convey the message that the user’s TASKs are of the utmost priority (alfa). The TASKalfa 620 and 820 replace the KM-6030 and KM-8030.

Offering high speed output at 62ppm and 82ppm, the TASKalfa 620 and 820 are also no sluggards, with first page out times of 3.6 seconds and 2.9 seconds respectively. Indeed, warm-up time is an incredible 30 seconds, so hanging around for the machine to be ready for copying is becoming a thing of the past.

Designed for maximum efficiency in both printing and copying functions, Kyocera says that these products are “guaranteed to increase printing and copying productivity within the workplace”(!) – I don’t think that comment was necessarily intended to represent a legal warranty or guarantee but, more likely, represents a subjective goal intention.

Kyocera TASKalfa 620 and 820Kyocera TASKalfa 620 and 820
with finisher

Productivity is certainly the name of the game with TASKalfa. Not only do these new models feature the same standard duplex printing, which was evident in the colour machines, but paper input capacity is a phenomenal 4,100 sheets from five sources – as standard! For really heavy-duty environments, the paper input capacity can be pushed right up to 8,100 sheets with the addition of a 4,000-sheet high capacity feed that is available for either A4 or A3 paper. The standard paper feed sources comprise two 1,500-sheet A4 trays, two 500-sheet A3 trays and a 100-sheet multi-purpose feed.

At the top end of the machine is a 260-sheet, single-pass, duplex scan unit with a throughput of 110 images per minute – comprising both sides of an A4 sheet, thus handling single-sided A4 pages at 55ppm.

For the output end of the TASKalfa 620 and 820, there are several optional finishing units available. These include 3,000-sheet stacker, booklet maker, mailbox tray and hole-punch units.

Kyocera TASKalfa 620 and 820 with high capacity feedKyocera TASKalfa 620 and 820
with finisher and high capacity feed

However, as is so often the case with machines at this end of the market, apparently the TASKalfa 620 and 820 mono devices are essentially just copiers – the customer needs to specify the addition of options in order to add print and scan functionality.

Underlining this fact is that the toner cartridge is specified with a yield based on 6% coverage – the de facto standard used by the copier industry for decades while the printer industry based its quotations of yield on 5%. But what a yield it is! A single toner cartridge is rated at 55,000 pages at 6%, meaning that for those more familiar with the 5% standard, and wanting to make comparisons with other machines quoted at 5%, the yield is a massive 66,000 pages.

In addition, the TASKalfa 620 and 820 are not fitted with Gigabit networking as standard. This would seem to be a mistake for heavy-duty devices where productivity is the name of the game and where competitors have begun to incorporate Gigabit speeds. At least Gigabit networking is available as an option in both BaseT (RJ45) and BaseSX (FibreOptic).

On the brighter side, productivity features are multitudinous, including some unusual and interesting features such as (to mention but a few): cover mode; page numbering; image overlay; positive/negative; and image centring.

For those with the optional print functionality, there is also interrupt copying and the ability to print simultaneously from up to four print interfaces. Print languages include PCL6 and PS3 emulations and a variety of legacy emulations, along with Kyocera’s PRESCRIBE IIe (particularly relevant in Germany).

Interestingly, Kyocera does not mention ECOSYS at all in relation to the TASKalfa devices. However, as with all other Kyocera mono laser printers and MFPs, TASKalfa is equipped with long-life components, meaning that running costs for customers will be very low.

So, new levels of functionality and features, combined with low running costs, should place TASKalfa in an advantageous position in the market place. The addition of these mono machines to the colour devices already available can only help present a balanced offering to corporations looking for single-vendor, high-end, hard copy devices. Future introductions will push the TASKalfa brand downwards through the Kyocera range.

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