The Kyocera Mita KM-1820 is an ideal solution for the small or home office, with a great set of features. The KM-1820 is so in tune with what the small office needs, that even though it doesn’t perform as well as some of the others, it is still very much a contender.
Purchasers of it don’t have to worry about it, but there are three ways of connecting the device, USB, Ethernet or parallel, which is a good set of choices. The USB option is the easiest to set up, but offers slower transfer speeds than the network. The KM-1820 comes with installation included in the price, so this is largely irrelevant unless you move it around and need to configure it yourself.
The KM-1820 works quickly, running at a top speed of 18 pages per minute. Unlike other desktop copiers and multifunction devices, the KM-1820 can make copies at its top speed even when running in "Best" mode. You will have to wait 20 seconds for the unit to warm up after pressing the power button, which is average for this kind of device.
Output was of a high standard. Text was dark and edges were exact, even when we used the smallest and largest points. Images, graphs and photos we all of equally good quality. Easily good enough for internal or external literature. Monochrome reproduction is still a big deal, even with so many color ones around. The KM-1820 is an ideal candidate for those who don’t need color, or don’t want the expense of it.
Paper is held in a 250 page drawer at the front, which is expandable to 550. There is also a 50 page automatic document feeder and a 50 page bypass tray for envelopes and such. The fax is pretty standard, offering quality reproduction and decent speed.
For small businesses or workgroups who need a multifunction device for convenience rather than necessity will do well to consider the KM-1820. It has enough features, and produces documents of a quality suitable for almost any office environment. The consumables are affordable enough to make the cost of ownership lower than many other options which many businesses will find attractive.