Kyocera’s Ecosys economic and green credentials validated in recent BLI product test

21 March 2013

Kyocera Document Solutions, one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, is delighted to announce independent testing results demonstrating that the FS-4300DN has by far the lowest waste and lowest running costs of the printers tested. The latest results were generated by Buyers’ Laboratory (BLI), the imaging industry’s leading independent authority and provider of competitive intelligence, testing and reviews.

KYOCERA commissioned BLI to evaluate the latest innovation of Ecosys products which print up to 500,000 pages without changing the maintenance kit, to see how it stacked up against the competitors. Key criteria were the top priorities for business customers – reliability, total cost of ownership and waste. BLI put 4 printers through their paces: the Kyocera FS-4300DN, the HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 M603dn, the Samsung ML-6510ND and the Lexmark T654dn. In total, 500,000 pages were printed per printer at a rate of 250,000 per month over two months with 50% single-sided prints and 50% duplex. The Kyocera product consistently outperformed the others.

Savings all round

Kyocera is known for its reliable products and the latest results confirm this yet again. Kyocera performed amongst the best in this category. “Kyocera is a company that practices what it preaches. We knew the Kyocera FS-4300DN has outstanding reliability, having won the Pick of the Year award and this latest test shows that it is truly an all-round product,” said David Sweetnam, Head of Research and Lab Services, BLI.

TCO Overview

In the test Kyocera proofed the lowest cost of ownership (TCO)

At only 2,655GBP for 500,000 pages, Kyocera’s total cost of ownership was shown to be around half that of the nearest competitor and only 43% of the worst performing product. The results show that the larger the print volume, the greater the savings; meaning that all customers can see a positive impact on their bottom line.

In the waste category, Kyocera’s Ecosys environmental credentials were proven with the FS-4300DN generating only about 5kg of waste, an amazing 85.5% less than the Samsung, 83.9% less than the HP and 77.4% less than the Lexmark. Environmental sustainability has been one of the underlying principles of the Kyocera Group’s corporate philosophy since its foundation in 1959, so this reflects positively on Kyocera’s commitment to reducing impact on the environment.

“We are delighted with our strong performance in this independent, comparative test. Our Ecosys technology goes from strength to strength and our new generation of printers, including the FS-4300DN, continue to meet our environmental sustainability targets” said Berthold Hurtz, Product Manager at Kyocera Document Solutions Europe, “Ecosys is a key part of product development and it is gratifying to see we continue to out-perform our competitors when it comes to lowering running costs and reducing waste.”

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About Buyers Laboratory Inc.

Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For more than 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s Web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for more than 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

About Kyocera Document Solutions Europe B.V.

Kyocera Document Solutions is one of the world's leading office document solutions companies. Its range of products and services includes Ecosys printers, reliable multifunctional systems, high-quality consumables, a comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and Managed Document Services (MDS). Kyocera Document Solutions provides innovative products built on a foundation of long-life components. Its customers benefit from low total cost of ownership and high efficiency in any workplace. Its solutions portfolio and Managed Document Services division help customers to reduce costs and environmental impact at the same time as improving the efficiency and reliability of common business processes. For further information, visit:

Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2009. Ranked no. 604 on Forbes magazine’s 2011 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies, Kyocera is a leading manufacturer of high-tech ceramics, electronic components, solar cells and electronic office equipment. Kyocera’s long-term growth strategy is to focus on business that supports telecommunications, information processing, environmental protection and the preservation of quality of life.