Copystar CS-2550 LTR [12974].indd

Copystar CS-2550 LTR [12974].indd
November 2005
BUYERS LABORATORY INC.
Lab Test Report
A Comprehensive BLI Laboratory Evaluation
Copystar CS-2550
25-PPM Monochrome
Copier • Printer • Scanner
(tested as the Kyocera KM-2550**)
LAB TEST
Test duration: Two months, including a 30,000impression durability test.
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PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Click rating for details. Click  and  to move through document.
Reliability ........................................... Very Good
Multitasking ..................................................Fair
Administrative Utilities ................................ Good
Feedback to Workstations ............................ Good
Ease of Network Setup ................................ Good
Print Drivers .............................................. Good
Applications Compatibility ....................... Excellent
Scan Function ............................................ Good
Print / Copy Quality .................................... Good
Print / Copy Productivity ............... Very Good / Fair
Ease of Use ............................................... Good
Feature Set ............................................... Good
Toner Yield ...................................................Fair
Cost Per Page .................................................. *
Value ................................................. Very Good
Rating Scale: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor
Manufacturer’s maximum recommended monthly volume: Up to 40,000 impressions.
BLI’s recommended monthly volume for optimum performance: Up to 20,000 impressions.
More information on the Copystar CS-2550 is available through bliQ (www.buyerslab.com/bliQ).
BLI RECOMMENDATION
Based on a highly reliable engine, the Copystar CS-2550 proved to be a good overall performer
in BLI’s two-month laboratory evaluation, demonstrating good overall output at a low price.
Designed for small and medium-size enterprises, this 25-ppm unit offers standard copy and
print functionality with its embedded controller, as well as optional scan and fax functionality.
Convenient to use, the CS-2550 has a first-copy time that is among the fastest for competitive
units and a first-print time that is competitive. Furthermore, unlike most multifunctional
models, which come with a 90-day warranty, the CS-2550 has a one-year warranty for all parts,
including any options ordered with the machine. In addition, the CS-2550, which supports up
to ledger-size output, provides a competitive feature set. Although copy productivity was rated
“Fair,” the Copystar CS-2550 earned a “Good” or better rating for nearly all other aspects of its
performance and is recommended by BLI for offices in need of a multifunctional product for
monthly volumes of up to 20,000 impressions.
* Supplies cost per page could not be calculated, as the pricing for supplies is set by dealers.
** Note: The Copystar CS-2550 is a version of the Kyocera KM-2550 with cosmetic differences only. Copystar is a division of Kyocera
Mita America, Inc.
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Performance Overview
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Reliability
VERY GOOD
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The Copystar CS-2550 is based on an engine that has proven highly reliable.
As tested in the Kyocera KM-2050, it completed a 30,000-impression durability test without requiring any service calls. It misfed five times for a misfeed
rate of one per 6,000 impressions.
+
Contributing to high uptime for the CS-2550 are its long drum life and PM
cycle, which at 300,000 impressions, are the highest of competitive models
available.
Multitasking
FAIR
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While it’s not uncommon for models in this range, the multitasking capabilities of the CS-2550 are limited. Users cannot program a copy job while another copy job or print job is in progress.
The user can interrupt a print job to perform a copy job by pressing the “Interrupt” hard key on the control panel. When the “Interrupt” key is pressed,
the print job automatically stops and the user can access all the features that
would be required to perform a copy job. However, once the copy job is completed, the user must press the “Interrupt” key again to continue the interrupted
print job.
Administrative Utilities
GOOD
+
Utilities include the KM-NET Viewer; KM-NET Viewer for Web Edition, a
Web-based version of the KM-NET Viewer software; KM-NET Viewer for
Clients; and Copystar Command Center, an embedded Web utility.
+
The KM-NET Viewer is a network management software tool that is compatible with all Copystar printers and multifunctional products, as well as those
of other vendors. The settings of all printers on the network can be checked
visually and amended from any Windows PC.
+
The embedded Web page can be accessed from any Web browser. Once an IP
address is assigned to the device, from either the control panel or remotely via
the Quick Setup utility, the browser can view the configuration page. This page
is easy to navigate and can be secured with a password to limit access. From
the embedded Web page, a network administrator can apply any network or
device setting, including Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) or
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP).
+, – and  represent positive, negative and neutral attributes, respectively.
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Feedback to Workstations
+
Administrators and/or users can receive information two ways—via pop-up
device status messages or by monitoring the device proactively—using the
utilities, which include the KM-NET Viewer for Clients utility and the KMNET Viewer software utility, as well as Kyocera Command Center and KMNET Viewer for Web Edition.
–
Print job status is not available.
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Paper size status and paper supply status (empty/not empty) are available via
the KM-NET Viewer utility and Kyocera Command Center, the embedded
Web utility.
Up to three users can receive e-mail alerts when an error occurs or consumables are depleted. Messages include low toner, add toner, paper jam, add paper and cover open.
Ease of Network Setup
+
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GOOD
GOOD
Prior to installing the printer driver (an all-in-one driver, user-switchable between the KPDL PostScript emulation, PCL XL and PCL 5e), the user should
install the KPrint Add Port Wizard, which automatically searches for devices
with a compatible network interface card and creates the printer port. The device was tested in the Windows 2000 environment.
After the driver has been installed, the administrator selects the port that was
created and must then manually specify the hardware configured. The drivers
detect configured accessories.
A Web page and a software utility are available for configuring the device on
a network and for monitoring basic device status.
Scanning and printing each require a network connection and IP address.
Print Drivers
GOOD
+
The unit was tested with the standard print drivers (user-switchable between
PCL 5e, KPDL [a PostScript emulation] and PCL XL) for Windows 95, 98,
Me, NT 4.x, 2000, 2003 and XP, which were generally easy to use and provided graphical representation.
+
The feature set of the print drivers was good overall.
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The CD-ROMs containing the drivers and the utility are auto-launched when
inserted and the installation process is easy.
+
The KPDL, PCL XL and PCL 5e drivers were found to be very similar in appearance and functionality.
+
All three print drivers allow users to save settings for frequently used jobs.
Applications Compatibility
Scan Function
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The printer port creation utility, the KPrint Add Port wizard, is provided on
the software library disk.
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+
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Some of the less commonly used print driver features require access to multiple screens.
EXCELLENT
No problems were experienced with any of the applications used in the applications compatibility tests. Units are tested for compatibility on a Windows
2000 platform with Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, Microsoft Excel 2000, Adobe PageMaker 7.0, Adobe Photoshop 6.0 and Adobe
Acrobat 6.0 using 25 application test files, which contain text, graphics, halftone images, tables, etc., enabling BLI technicians to evaluate memory usage,
file processing, font rendering and grayscale capability.
GOOD
The optional scanning kit includes Kyocera Scanner Library (scanning utilities) and PaperPort Deluxe 8.0, which enables scanning of documents to
workstations connected to the CS-2550.
The system supports scan to TWAIN, scan to PC and scan to e-mail.
From the control panel, users can select scan destinations, which may be
either e-mail addresses or locations in designated folders on specified hard
drives on the network (programmed via the Web utility or via the scanner file
utilities), which appear on the control panel.
–
Scanning to e-mail required more keystrokes than generally required for devices in this category as the user is prompted to confirm some selections.
+
PaperPort Deluxe software, which is very easy to use and incorporates OCR,
is installed on users’ workstations and enables users to view and manipulate
(e.g., crop, rotate, annotate) scanned images. The PaperPort Deluxe software
incorporates TextBridge OCR software. Scanned documents can be viewed
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with PaperPort, OCRed using TextBridge and then manually opened in Microsoft Word.
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With TWAIN scanning on the CS-2550, the user opens the TWAIN driver from
the PC, selects the desired scan device, sets desired scan parameters (such as
original type and resolution) and clicks on “Scan.” Then the user places the
documents in the document feeder, returns to the PC and uses a TWAIN-compliant application such as Photoshop or PaperPort to open the document.
Print / Copy Quality
GOOD
+ Output produced by the CS-2550 was good overall in both print and copy
mode for most types of output evaluated.
+ Test technicians cited clean, crisp fine lines, particularly in print mode.
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The density of print and copy output was lower than the average.
Print / Copy Productivity
VERY GOOD / FAIR
+ The unit’s job stream print efficiency is the highest for similarly equipped
models tested to date.
–
Copy and print efficiency are below average in all modes evaluated.
+ The CS-2550’s first-print-out-times are faster than the average—indeed they
are the fastest—for all file formats tested (Word, TIFF, PDF and JPG).
+ The unit’s first-copy times from the platen is among the fastest for competitive
units, while its first-copy time from the document feeder is competitive.
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Ease of Use
GOOD
+ The four-line, 3-9/10" x 1-1/8" display on the CS-2550 is a back-lit text and
graphical LCD display (non-touch screen) that is easy to read. The contrast of
the display is adjustable through the control panel but BLI considers a contrast
dial on the unit itself easier to adjust.
+ The control panel is well laid out and organized—and the desired features
are easy to find—considering the amount of functionality offered by the unit.
Separate hard keys for copy, print, scan and fax are clearly labeled on the left
side of the panel and each is equipped with a built-in LED that illuminates to
indicate which function is operational.
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+ When the user changes modes, i.e., from copy to print, the display on the nontouch screen also changes to correspond to the selected function.
+ The meter counter breaks down images produced by copy, print and fax,
and the scan meter count lists the number of documents fed through the
document feeder for copying, documents scanned, as well as documents
that are fed through the document feeder for faxing. Users can also print
the counter report.
+ The procedures for removing misfeeds, loading paper (the user can load
paper while the device is running) and adjusting paper drawers proved convenient. Users can pull open the drawers without having to press any buttons
when loading paper, but must press down on the spring-loaded ramp until
it locks into place. The length and width guides slide to fit the size of paper
being loaded—which BLI considers a plus as opposed to having to remove
them entirely and reinsert them. In addition, paper sensors automatically detect the size of the paper loaded into the drawers.
Copystar CS-2550 Control Panel
+ Mechanical paper gauges on the outside of each drawer indicate the amount of
paper remaining in them.
+ The procedure for replacing toner is clean and straightforward.
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Feature Set
GOOD
+ The CS-2550 offers a competitive feature set.
+ The unit’s standard and maximum copier memory capacities are above the
average for comparably equipped models.
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+ With the standard print controller, there is no additional cost of a network interface card.
–
The unit’s standard and maximum paper capacities (650 and 1,250 sheets, respectively), as well as its bypass capacity (50 sheets), are below the average
for comparably equipped models.
+ A 500-sheet internal finisher, which provides stapled output for up to 30 lettersize sheets and 20 legal-size sheets, and a job separator that keeps up to 100
sheets of print, copy or fax output separate, both tested by BLI, are available
as options.
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Toner Yield
Value
Job programming allows the settings (e.g., quantity, reduction) for up to eight
copy jobs to be stored for future use with the touch of a key.
Other features include a choice of languages for the display and the ability to
program a copy job before the unit is warmed up.
Super G3 faxing is available if the optional fax kit is installed on the unit. In
addition to offering a 33.6-Kbps modem, the unit can send and receive duplex
faxes when the optional RADF and duplex unit are installed. Further, network
fax transmission and reception are possible if both the network scan and fax
options are installed. Additional fax features include JBIG compression, 8 MB
of dedicated fax memory that can be upgraded to 40 MB, mailboxes, broadcasting to 200 destinations, smoothing and timers.
FAIR
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The unit offers 100 copy control codes, which is below the average for similarly equipped models.
The unit’s toner yield is lower than the average for Segment 2 units tested.
VERY GOOD
+ The Copystar CS-2550 is priced substantially lower than the average for competitive models. In fact, it has the lowest suggested retail price for comparably
equipped models. Supplies cost per page could not be calculated, as the pricing for supplies is set by dealers. The unit’s good performance overall in the
tests, combined with its competitive feature set and aggressive pricing, make
it a very good value.
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Supporting Test Data
Test Environment
This product was tested in BLI’s 10,000-square-foot test lab, in an environment monitored by a Honeywell Temp/RH chart recorder, which replicates
typical office conditions.
Test Equipment
BLI’s dedicated test network, consisting of Windows NT 4.0, 2000 and Microsoft Exchange servers, Windows 98 and 2000 workstations, 10BaseT/
100BaseTX network switches and CAT5 cabling.
Test Duration
Products are tested for two months, one month of which consists of a durability test during which the product is run at its manufacturer-rated maximum
monthly volume, with daily volumes evenly divided over the course of the
test.
Tested Configuration
Base unit, which includes the standard print controller and optional RADF,
internal finisher and two 300-sheet drawers.
Test Procedures
The test methods and procedures employed by BLI in its lab testing include
BLI’s proprietary procedures and industry-standard test procedures, including
a BLI-developed variation of ASTM’s 1318-90 Test Method for Determination
of Productivity Using Electrostatic Copy Machines. In addition to a number of
proprietary test documents, BLI uses an industry-standard Katun test original
for evaluating black image quality and test suites from Quality Logic to evaluate applications compatibility.
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Reliability
PMs/Malfunctions
Meter Count
(Impressions)
Service Required
Meter count (beginning of test)
0
End of test period
30,000
Total misfeeds / misfeed rate
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Impressions
Between Service
5 / 1 per 6,000 impressions
Service calls
0
PMs
0
Total Service Calls (incl. PMs)
0
Multitasking
MULTITASKING EVALUATION
Secondary Function
PRINT
SCAN TO E-MAIL
COPY
PRINT
Yes
Yes
No2
SCAN TO E-MAIL
Yes
1
Yes
COPY
Yes
Yes
No2
Primary Function
1
As soon as the document feeder is free, the secondary function could be programmed,
but the primary function was already complete. (1)
The device does not support program ahead or copy reserve. (2)
NOTES:
(X) indicates number of occurrences.
A “Yes” indicates that the user can initiate the secondary function while the primary
function is taking place and that no further user intervention will be required for the
secondary function to take place.
2
Note: In addition to a single-user multitasking test, which evaluates a unit’s ability to initiate
or perform one function while another function is already in progress (see chart above), BLI
also tests a multifunctional product’s ability to handle multiple jobs that would be likely to
stack up in a multi-user networked environment.
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Print / Copy Quality
Print Density:
1.27 to 1.33
Density for units in this class:
1.00 to 1.74
Halftone range:
Halftone output was visible from the 1% to the
84% dot-fill levels, with smooth consistent coverage within levels and consistent transitions
between levels.
Measurements are based on eight readings corresponding to
eight different solid black locations on the original. The higher
the density reading, the darker the image.
PRINT DENSITY
2.5
2.0
1.5
1.0
1.74
1.33
1.27
1.00
0.5
0
CS-2550
Range for
Competitive
Models
Density of original:
1.65 to 1.70
Density of copy:
1.12 to 1.19
Density for units in this class:
1.07 to 1.58
Halftone range:
Halftone output was visible from the 15% level,
which is the minimum level on the original, to
the 100% level.
Measurements are based on four readings corresponding to four
different solid black locations on the output. The higher the density reading, the darker the image.
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COPY DENSITY
2.5
2.0
1.70
1.5
1.65
1.0
1.19
1.12
0.5
0
Original
Copy
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Print / Copy Productivity
TESTED FIRST-PRINT-OUT TIMES
Windows 2000
Word
Photoshop
Acrobat
Photoshop
File Type
Text
Graphic
Graphic/Text
Graphic
File Extension
DOC
TIF
PDF
JPG
Pre-Raster File Size
114 KB
20 MB
426 KB
245 KB
Post-Raster File Size
9.96 KB
596 KB
540 KB
741 KB
14.5
7.5
6.9
First-Print Time (seconds)
5.8
Copystar CS-2550’s rated speed: 25 ppm.
All files are printed on 8-1/2" x 11" paper in a quantity equal to twice the manufacturer’s rated speed for the device. The
Copystar CS-2550’s raster times/print speeds were tested at the high quality resolution using the PCL XL driver.
First-page time indicates the time it took to RIP, image and deliver the first page of the test document set to the output
tray.
Tested Copying Speed
Document Feeding Speeds
(originals per minute)
10
25
8
20
6
15
4
10
2
5
4.9
6.8
0
23.7
19.6
6.1
1:1
1:1
1:1
0
PLATEN
DOCUMENT FEEDER
COPY MODE
Copying speed (8-1/2" x 11" copies):
First-copy time from the platen:
4.9 seconds from the platen.
6.8 seconds from the document feeder.
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Document feeding speeds:
1:1 copy mode: 23.7 originals per minute
1:2 copy mode: 19.6 originals per minute
2:2 copy mode: 6.1 originals, or 12.2 images,
per minute
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COPY/PRINT EFFICIENCY FOR 1, 5, 10 AND 20 SETS
OVERALL EFFICIENCY
COPY 1:1
74.1%
COPY
Sets
Min.
Sec.
PPM
Efficiency
Overall Efficiency
1
0
28.72
20.9
83.6%
83.6%
5
2
51.59
17.5
69.9%
76.7%
10
5
37.19
17.8
71.2%
74.9%
20
11
8.3
18.0
71.8%
74.1%
COPY
COPY 1:2
46.3%
COPY 2:2
47.3%
66.6%
Min.
Sec.
PPM
Efficiency
Overall Efficiency
1
0
44.65
13.4
53.8%
53.8%
5
4
35.31
10.9
43.6%
48.7%
10
9
7.59
11.0
43.8%
47.1%
20
18
11.9
11.0
44.0%
46.3%
Sets
Min.
Sec.
PPM
Efficiency
Overall Efficiency
1
1
53.62
10.6
42.2%
42.2%
5
8
36.45
11.6
46.5%
44.4%
10
15
14.28
13.1
52.5%
47.1%
20
33
28.34
12.0
47.8%
47.3%
PRINT
PRINT 1:2
45.0%
20
40
60
80 100%
BLI obtains the overall efficiency
for each copy/print mode by averaging the efficiency ratings (derived by dividing the tested speed
of the device by the rated speed,
and then multiplying by 100) for
each run length (1, 5, 10 and 20
sets).
12
2:2
1:1 PCL XL
Sets
Min.
Sec.
PPM
Efficiency
Overall Efficiency
1
0
28.66
20.9
83.7%
83.7%
5
4
2.43
12.4
49.5%
66.6%
PRINT
0
1:2
Sets
COPY
PRINT 1:1
1:1
1:2 PCL XL
Sets
Min.
Sec.
PPM
Efficiency
Overall Efficiency
1
0
45.93
13.1
52.3%
52.3%
5
5
17.45
9.5
37.8%
45.0%
Speed/efficiency tests are conducted using BLI’s 10-page efficiency document. In print mode, output is
printed at the high-quality resolution from the PCL XL driver and the standard controller.
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Copystar
CS-2550
BUYERS LABORATORY INC. Lab Test Report

Print Drivers
Copystar CS-2550 PRINT DRIVER FEATURES
Windows 2000 PCL 5c
Windows 2000 PCL XL
Windows 2000 KPDL
Auto Feature / Device Detection
Yes
Yes
Yes
Booklet Printing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Collate Sets
Yes
Yes
Yes
Max Paper Sources Per Job
1
3
3
Mirror Image
No
No
Yes
Negative Image
No
No
Yes
N-up Printing
2 to 25
2 to 25
2 to 25
Overlay
No
No
No
Paper Gauge
No
No
No
Print and Hold1
No
No
No
Proof Print
No
No
No
1
Quantity Selection
Reduction / Enlargement
Resolution Modes
Save Settings
Secure Printing
1
Watermarks / Custom Watermarks
1
13
1 to 9,999
1 to 9,999
1 to 9,999
20% to 500%
20% to 500%
20% to 500%
High Quality
Draft
Custom
High Quality
Proof
Draft
Custom
High Quality
Proof
Draft
Custom
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes/Yes
Yes/Yes
Yes/Yes
These features are available when the optional hard drive is installed.
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a fax-back system), is illegal and strictly forbidden without written permission from Buyers Laboratory. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To purchase
reprints of any BLI reports or articles, contact BLI at (201) 488-0404. Buyers Laboratory Inc., 20 Railroad Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Contact us at info@buyerslab.com.
Copystar
CS-2550
BUYERS LABORATORY INC. Lab Test Report

Administrative Utilities
Administrative Utilities
Kyocera Command Center Web Utility

Toner Yield
TESTED TONER YIELD / SUPPLIES COST PER PAGE (5% BLACK)
Net Weight
(In Grams)
Toner Yield
(Impressions)
Impressions
Per Gram
Toner Cost
Per Page
Total Toner
Cost Per
Page
Supplies Cost
Per Page
752.9
13,200
17.5
*
*
*
* Supplies cost per page could not be calculated, as the pricing for supplies is set by dealers.
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a fax-back system), is illegal and strictly forbidden without written permission from Buyers Laboratory. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To purchase
reprints of any BLI reports or articles, contact BLI at (201) 488-0404. Buyers Laboratory Inc., 20 Railroad Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Contact us at info@buyerslab.com.
Copystar
CS-2550
BUYERS LABORATORY INC. Lab Test Report
Specifications
BACKGROUND INFO
SRP (USA; Canada):
Manufacturing Status:
Domestic Intro Date:
OEM:
Also Sold As:
Dataquest Segment 2
$4,845; Info not avail
New
October 2004
Copystar (China)
Kyocera KM-2550
Distribution:
Mfr's Rec Mo Vol:
Dealers and direct sales offices
Up to 40,000 copies
TYPE
Monochrome copier, MF
Desktop, digital
Dry, monocomponent
Configuration/Scanner:
Toner:
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS/PAPER HANDLING
First-Copy Time:
Multicopy (Ltr/Lgl/Ldgr):
Warm-Up Time:
Std Paper Source(s):
Std Paper Capacity:
Paper Weights:
Bypass/Paper Weights:
Max Paper Sources/Capacity:
Max Original Size:
Min/Max Output Size:
Scan/Copy Resolution:
Std/Max Copier Memory:
Duplex:
Capacity/Paper Sizes:
Document Feeder:
Speed/Capacity:
Paper Weights:
Sorter (Bins/Capacity):
Stapler Sorter:
Bins/Stapling Capacity:
Stapling Positions:
Finisher:
Tray/Stapling/Position(s):
Other:
4.9 sec
25/13/13 cpm
20 sec
Dual drawer
300/300 sheets
17 to 28 lbs
50-sheet/13-lb bond to 90-lb index
5/1,250 sheets
11 x 17
5-1/2 x 8-1/2/11 x 17
600 x 600 dpi/600 x 600 dpi
64 MB/256 MB
Opt (1:2,2:2,2:1)
Unlimited/5-1/2 x 8-1/2 to 11 x 17
Opt RADF
25 opm/50 orig
12 to 42 lbs
None
None
Not applicable
Not applicable
Opt finisher
500/50/1
CONTROL PANEL
Keypad
1 to 999 (0 to 9 keypad)
Yes
No
Quantity Selector:
Message Display:
Help Key:
OPTIONS
RADF: $695
Duplex: $400
300-sheet drawer (up to 2): $320 each
Internal finisher: $995
MAINTENANCE
COPIER FEATURES
Automatic Features: AES, AMS, APS, AS, ASO, ATS
Book Copy:
Std
Job Time:
No
Booklet Mode:
No
Language:
Std
Color:
No
Margin Shift:
Yes
Copy Control:
100
Neg/Pos:
No
Covers:
No
OHP Interleaving: No
Editing:
No
Photo Mode:
Yes
Energy-Save:
Yes
Poster Mode:
No
Erase:
Std
Preset R/E:
3R,3E
Image Insert:
No
Program Ahead:
No
Image Overlay:
No
Sheet Insertion:
No
Image Repeat:
No
Stamping:
No
Image Rotate:
Yes
Timer:
No
Yes
2-in-1:
Std
Interrupt:
Job Build:
No
XY Zoom:
No
Job Programs:
8
Zoom Range: 50 to 200 (1%)
Other Features:
Economy mode; border erase
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dimensions (H x W x D):
Weight:
Power Requirements:
Dedicated Outlet:
Energy Star-Compliant:
Operating Noise Level:
23.9" x 22.6" x 23.7"
120 lbs
120 V, 9 A
Not required
Yes
Info not avail
COMMENTS
SUPPLIES
Photoconductor: Amorphous silicon drum
Yield: 300,000
Price: Priced by dealer
Toner: 870g ctrdg
Yield: 15,000
% Coverage: 6%
Price: Priced by dealer
Developer: Not applicable
Yield: Not applicable
Price: Not applicable
Info not avail = Info not provided by MFR. Specs were obtained from manufacturer/distributor and not confirmed by BLI testing.
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Fuser Rollers: Two
Yield: Info not avail
Cleaning Blades: Drum blade
Yield: 300,000
Other: Not applicable
Yield: Not applicable
Fuser Oil: Not required
PM Schedule: 300,000
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Duplication of this proprietary report or excerpts from this report, in any manner, whether printed or electronic (including, but not limited to, copying, faxing, scanning or use on
a fax-back system), is illegal and strictly forbidden without written permission from Buyers Laboratory. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To purchase
reprints of any BLI reports or articles, contact BLI at (201) 488-0404. Buyers Laboratory Inc., 20 Railroad Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Contact us at info@buyerslab.com.
Copystar
CS-2550
BUYERS LABORATORY INC. Lab Test Report
MULTIFUNCTION MODES
Copier:
Internet Fax:
Network Printer:
Printer:
Std
No
Std
Std
Fax:
Network Fax:
PC Fax:
Scanner:
Opt
Opt
Opt
Opt
CONNECTIVITY SPECIFICATIONS
Operating System Support:
Parallel Interface:
PC Fax/Print/Scan:
Serial Interface:
PC Fax/Print/Scan:
USB Interface:
PC Fax/Print/Scan:
Network Interface:
Interface Type:
Mac 7x, 8, 9x, 10, UNIX, Win 9x, NT 3.5x*
Std (w/print system)
No/Yes/No
None
Not applicable
Std
No/Yes/No
Std Ethernet, opt 802.11b
10/100BaseTX, wireless
LAN Fax/Print/Scan:
Networks Supported:
NetWare:
Windows NT:
AppleTalk:
UNIX:
AS/400:
Other:
Yes/Yes/Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
FACSIMILE SPECIFICATIONS
Scanner Technology:
Compression Method:
Modem Speed:
Max TX Resolution:
Gray Scale/Halftones:
Std/Max Fax Memory:
Min/Max Orig Size (W x L):
Max Paper/Print Width:
Effective Scanning Width:
Correct-Order Output:
Batch Files:
Yes
Battery Backup:
Opt
Confid TX/RX:
Yes/Yes
Dual Lines:
No
Multi Access:
Yes
Dialing Capabilities
CCD
MH/MR/MMR/JBIG
33.6 Kbps
406 x 392 lpi
128 levels
8 MB/40 MB
5-1/2 x 8-1/2/11 x 17
11/11
11
Yes
Polling:
Relay Request:
Smoothing:
Timers:
Transfer Hub:
Broadcasting (Groups/Dest): 80/200
Redial (Attempts/Intervals):
Yes/5 min
One Touch:
Yes
Speed Dial:
Other: 2-in-1 reception; duplex tx/rx; image rotate
INTERNET FAX SPECIFICATIONS
TX/RX:
Fax-To-E-Mail:
Not applicable
Not applicable
PC/NETWORK FAX SPECIFICATIONS
Connection Type:
Type:
TX/RX:
PRINTER SPECIFICATIONS
Engine Mfr/Model:
Compatibility:
Speed:
Max Print Area:
Enhanced Resolution:
Unenhanced Resolution:
Std/Max Printer Memory:
Controller Mfr/Model:
Processor/Bits/MHz:
PDL/PCL:
Controller Mfr/Model:
Processor/Bits/MHz:
PDL/PCL:
Controller Mfr/Model:
Processor/Bits/MHz:
PDL/PCL:
Other: High-speed USB 2.0
Network
PCL print-to-fax
Yes/Yes
Kyocera/CS-2550
IBM PC, Mac, Linux, UNIX
25 ppm
11 x 17
2400 x 600 dpi
600 x 600 dpi
64 MB/320 MB
Copystar/Info not avail
PowerPC 750/Info not avail/300
PCL 5e/6, PostScript 3
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
SCANNER AND IMAGE MANAGEMENT SPECIFICATIONS
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Connection Type:
Technology/Speed:
Max Resolution:
TWAIN/ISIS Compatible:
Scan/Image Software:
Network
CCD/2.4 spp
600 x 600 dpi
Yes/No
Std ScanSoft PaperPort Deluxe
OCR Software:
Std ScanSoft PaperPort Deluxe
File Mgmt Software:
Std ScanSoft PaperPort Deluxe
Scan-To-E-Mail:
Yes
Other: Send to e-mail & PC; supports TIFF & PDF
file formats
COMMENTS
*Also NT 4.0, 2000, Me, XP; print and network interface
standard
CONNECTIVITY/MF OPTIONS
Scan system: $600
Fax system: $600
32-MB fax memory upgrade: $295
IB-22 wireless network interface: $419
64-MB DIMM memory: Priced by dealer
128-MB DIMM memory: Priced by dealer
256-MB DIMM memory: Priced by dealer
MicroDrive hard drive: Priced by dealer
Info not avail = Info not provided by MFR. Specs were obtained from manufacturer/distributor and not confirmed by BLI testing.
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Duplication of this proprietary report or excerpts from this report, in any manner, whether printed or electronic (including, but not limited to, copying, faxing, scanning or use on
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reprints of any BLI reports or articles, contact BLI at (201) 488-0404. Buyers Laboratory Inc., 20 Railroad Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Contact us at info@buyerslab.com.
CERTIFICATE OF RELIABILITY
AWARDED TO
COPYSTAR (a division of Kyocera Mita America)
For the performance of the
Copystar CS-2550 (tested as the Kyocera KM-2550)
throughout BLI's in-house durability test.
S
BORATO
LA
C
NC
YIIN
R
RY
ANTHONY F. POLIFRONE
MANAGING DIRECTOR
UY
B
YE
BU
ER
R
This is to certify that when subjected to a 30,000-impression Buyers Lab durability test
in a networked environment, the Copystar CS-2550
proved to be a highly reliable product.
®
November 2005
DATE
RELIABILITY CERTIFIED
TE
STED
the leading independent office products test lab and business consumer advocate
BUYERS LABORATORY INC. 20 RAILROAD AVENUE HACKENSACK, NJ 07601 201-488-0404 WWW.BUYERSLAB.COM
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