Kyocera is delighted to announce that its mono workgroup printer, the FS-3830N, has triumphed over the competition in a long term printer test carried out by German laboratory The test, which took place over a six month period, involved the printing of 1.2 million pages - an average of 300,000 for each of the four machines on test.

The four machines that were compared by were the Ricoh AP600N, the Lexmark T630, the HP LaserJet 4250 and the Kyocera FS-3830N. The testers recorded all the necessary maintenance activities during the test period including toner replacement, drum replacement, cleaning cycles and trouble-shooting. A detailed cost of printing exercise was also carried out to establish which printer was most cost-effective.

The Druckerchannel report concluded that the FS-3830N was the best overall performer: The FS-3830N mastered the high print volume without fault or major interventions. Easy printer cleaning and toner changing, little paper dust and excellent print quality provided convincing results. The FS-3830N also triumphed in terms of running costs, with the overall real cost of printing calculated at 1.08cts per page (0.75p)

Environmental Impact
As well as economy and ease of use, the Druckerchannel test took into account the environmental impact of each printer by looking at the amount of waste generated during operation. The FS-3830N produced only 4.0kg of waste, while the competitive products produced between 20.2kg and 38.4kg each, making the FS-3830N the clear environmental winner.

Commenting on the results of the long term test, Tracey Rawling Church, Head of Marketing at Kyocera Mita, said: We are delighted that an independent testing house has taken the time to run an investigation as exhaustive as this, and that it has demonstrated the benefits of our technology so powerfully. The long life components that we use in our ECOSYS products lead to the reliability and ease of use that the testers experienced, and the low waste figures speak for themselves. Tracey continues: A similar test was carried out seven years ago with the same result, and it is striking that during the time between the two tests none of our competitors has moved to reduce the amount of waste generated by their products. There is a great deal of publicity about the recycling and re-use of toner cartridges, but it seems that few organisations are paying attention to the first, and perhaps most important element of the mantra - reduce. This is an unsustainable environmental strategy, treating only the symptoms of the problem and not the cause.

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