by August 3, 2004 0 comments



The USP of this sleek copier is its portability. Two translucent trays on either side for paper input and output are there, which can be folded easily when not in use or while carrying the copier. Unlike an ordinary copying machine, in this one, it’s the platen cover that moves while copying. The copier has an Auto Exposure feature to control the copy density (light, normal or dark). You can switch off this feature if you want to finetune the density. FC290 can even copy to postcards and transparencies in addition to normal paper. It can even do two-sided copies, and the black toner cartridge can be replaced with a colored one to take out color copies. The copier has a counter that let’s you take out up to nine copies at a time. If you need more copies, then you have to go to full feeding mode, wherein the copier will continue taking out copies until the paper supply in the input paper tray has been exhausted. The paper tray can hold up to 50 sheets. The copier has a rated copy speed of 4 cpm, and it lived up to its rating in our tests. It doesn’t take anytime to warm up before taking out the first copy.

The copier also has an automatic power off feature. It has an all-in-one toner cartridge, which contains the toner, drum and cleaner unit. The cartridge yield is about 4000 copies.

The bottom line: This copier makes for a good option, if you’re looking for a portable device. Otherwise, you can get cheaper laser-based MFDs that can do a
lot more.

Sukhsagar Prajapati

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