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Konica Minolta Magicolor 4695MF Laser MFP review



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A multifunction printer for a good size workgroup has to be robust and able to cope with a heavy duty cycle. Konica Minolta's Magicolor 4695F is designed for this market and its spec sheet, at least, seems to offer all that's needed.

At 55kg, the Magicolor 4695 is a substantial machine, with a very large footprint. Given the rest of its specification, it's hard to see why it has to be this big and heavy. It's styled like a photocopier, which fits with Minolta's background as an office equipment maker. As well as the size of the machine itself, its output tray extends from the left-hand side and a multipurpose feed, of an additional 100 sheets of special media, folds down from the right.

The main paper tray takes paper in landscape mode, as the whole machine prints from side to side, like a copier, rather than front to back, like a printer. It has a capacity of just 250 sheets which, in a machine with a duty cycle of 120,000 pages, seems very small. You're likely to need to restock it very regularly or, more likely, add an optional 550-sheet second tray.

A 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) sits on top of the heavily counterbalanced scanner lid and in front of this is a conventionally laid out control panel. Status information is displayed on a 4-line by 16-character, backlit LCD display and menus are navigated using a ring of four buttons with a central selection button. To the right of this is a number pad for Super G3 fax dialling, as well as function keys and others to start and stop a copy or scan job.

All the consumables are accessed from the front, once you've folded down the front panel. There are separate toner and drum units for each colour, as well as the fuser and transfer belt, though these are considered maintenance items, as they have service intervals of 120,000 pages.

A full copy of Nuance PaperPort is provided with machine, as well as Konica Minolta's own application suite and drivers for both PCL 6 and Postscript Level 3. USB, Gigabit Ethernet and parallel ports are standard on the machine, though there's no Wi-Fi. There is, though, a walk-up USB port, so you can print PDF, TIFF, JPEG and XPS files directly.

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March 9, 2009, 3:27 am

Just a passing idea;

If you are going to use the 4695MF as a copier more so then a printer then a you may want to consider the 4690MF it is basically the same unit except it uses GDI host printing, the print resolution is less, it does not have parallel port or a host port for PictBridge and Direct Printing from a thumb drive, no Linux drivers and there is no memory up grades. The 4690MF does cost less to purchase.

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