On the face of it, the Kyocera FS-1350DN has everything going for it: fast performance, good upgrade options and duplexing.
However, we first have to install the printer drivers. And that's rather where the Kyocera FS-1350DN's problems lie.
The Kyocera FS-1350DN came with two CDs, neither with the right drivers. Even after finding the drivers on Kyocera's website, the FS-1350DN proved temperamental, frequently demanding that we turn it off and on again before it would get on with the next job.
Which is a shame, for the Kyocera FS-1350DN could actually be a durable and effective little mono laser.
It's no looker, but then that's not such a problem with office equipment. The casing has a sturdy feel to it and, when the Kyocera FS-1350DN was in the mood to accept our print jobs, we experienced no problems with the feeding mechanism.
The Kyocera FS-1350DN is well stocked with interfaces, and paper options are very good - B5, A4, A5 and less common A6 are all supported. Those with demanding needs will be pleased to see that the standard 250-sheet and 50-sheet universal input can be complemented with two 250-sheet cassettes. A useful 128MB of memory keeps jobs ticking over nicely, and you can print directly from USB memory sticks.
The Kyocera FS-1350DN is very fast in operation. Its lowest quality mode churns out A4 text at 22.2ppm (pages per minute), and even the highest mode generates 20ppm. This is on a par with speed demons such as the Epson Aculaser M2000 range.
Text isn't quite as dark as we'd like, but it's easy to read, and the characters well defined. Automatic duplexing (to print to both sides without manually refeeding the paper in a second time) is very useful, and even at the highest quality level, the Kyocera FS-1350DN keeps up a very reasonable rate of 14.6ppm when using duplexing.
Graphics output isn't as successful. The speed is, again, good (15.8ppm at the highest level of quality), but the images aren't totally smooth, with evidence of banding on some of the Kyocera FS-1350DN's prints.
The Kyocera FS-1350DN is expensive for a mono laser. Its running costs are good, and the range of capabilities would make it a promising choice for those with specific (and demanding) needs. However, based on our experiences we simply can’t state with certainty that this laser will give you trouble-free operation. As such, we cannot recommend it.