Konica Minolta Magicolor 2500W

By M. David Stone  |  Posted 2006-12-06 Print this article Print

At $300 for a color laser printer, the Konica Minolta magicolor 2500W doesn't need much else to make it interesting.

The Konica Minolta magicolor 2500W isnt the first $300 (okay, $299 direct) color laser Ive looked at—that honor belongs to the HP Color LaserJet 1600. But it still earns big points for its low price. In fact, much of the printers appeal rests squarely on that price; though its speed and output quality are acceptable, theyre nothing to write home about.

At $299, the 2500W is an obvious potential choice for either a home printer or a personal printer in an office. Just keep in mind that if youre tight on space, its size may make it an awkward office mate. At 13.4 by 16.9 by 19.8 inches (HWD) including the paper tray, the 2500W is large enough that Id be more comfortable with it near my desk than on it. The good news is that, at 42.8 pounds, its relatively light for a color laser—so you shouldnt have too much trouble if you have to move it into place yourself.

Setup is even easier than with most other sub-$500 color lasers. There are no packing materials to remove from the toner cartridges, so you dont even have to take them out of the printer and put them back in. Just remove the shipping tape and restraints, snap in the paper tray, load paper, run the automated setup program, and plug in the USB cable when the program tells you to do so.

The 2500W holds a four-pass engine rated at 20 pages per minute for monochrome printing and 5 ppm for color. According to Konica Minolta, the engine is almost identical to the one in the Konica Minolta magicolor 2400W that the 2500W replaces. The most significant differences are some minor design changes aimed at making the printer a little quieter. Not surprisingly, the 2500W turned in times almost identical to the 2400W on our tests (using QualityLogics hardware and software, www.qualitylogic.com).

The 2500W finished our business applications suite in 19 minutes 53 seconds (compared with 19:52 for the 2400W). Thats slower than the 18:53 total for the HP 1600, the 2500Ws most direct competitor. Keep in mind, however, that the HP 1600 prints color in a single pass, rather than four passes, and is rated at 8 ppm for both color and monochrome. That means its much slower for monochrome printing, and the relative speed youll actually see from these printers depends entirely on how often you print in color instead of black.

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M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).

Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.

Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.


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