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Konica Minolta Magicolor 2450
Designed for a small workgroup or home office the Konica Minolta Magicolor 2450 has a high duty-cycle and comparatively compact dimensions. It's a carousel-based colour laser, meaning that the four toner cartridges rotate inside the case of the printer and lay down four layers on each colour sheet printed. This makes the device quite bulky, but not as deep as the in-line alternative.
A 200-sheet paper tray protrudes from the front and paper is fed to a folding output tray set into the printer's top. An optional second tray can be fitted underneath, holding a full ream of 500 sheets. There's no multi-purpose tray, though, so you have little facility for printing on specialist media, or even envelopes. Bringing some innovation to the colour laser market though is the PicBridge USB connector that adorns the front of the printer
There’s a small, 16-character, 2-line LCD display, but this is so dim, it’s difficult to read, even under direct overhead lighting. Many other suppliers are fitting back-lit displays as standard and this would certainly be an improvement here. A circle of buttons next to the display is used to navigate the printer's intuitive menu system.
Setting up the four toner cartridges and the Organic PhotoConductor (OPC) drum is very straightforward, but you don't even have to do this when you first unpack the machine, since all the consumables are supplied, pre-installed. This is an increasing trend and a response to corporate customers, who object to their technicians spending half an hour setting up each new colour printer.
You can drive the Magicolor 2450 through a parallel, USB 2 or 10/100 Ethernet network connection, all of which are supplied as standard. Software setup isn't a problem, with just a driver and monitor software to install.
The driver is well thought out, offering all the usual facilities, such as watermarks and overlays, as well as a variety of page impositions. You can buy an optional duplex (double-sided printing) – unit for increased flexibility.