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 user 2006-09-12 at 11:03:00 am Views: 65
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    Konica Minolta Announces New Color Lasers
    Minolta announced on Tuesday that it is replacing its magicolor 2400
    Series of color laser printers with four new printers suitable for
    small and home offices, with prices as low as $300.

    Minolta announced on Tuesday that it is replacing its magicolor 2400
    Series of color laser printers with four new printers in the magicolor
    2500 Series: the magicolor 2500W, magicolor 2530 DL, magicolor 2550 EN,
    and magicolor 2550 DN. The four models cover a range suitable for small
    and home offices, with prices as low as $300. The company also
    introduced a small office color laser AIO, the magicolor 2490MF.

    five models offer four-pass color printing with an engine rating of 20
    pages per minute (ppm) for monochrome and 5 ppm for color. That’s not
    particularly fast by today’s standards, but it’s suitable for the small
    or home office, particularly for those who print mostly monochrome

    All four printer models are small enough to fit
    comfortably in a home office, at 13.4 inches high in their base
    configurations with a 200-sheet input tray, and with a
    16.9-by-15.6-inch footprint. (The 2550 DN is a bit deeper overall, with
    a duplexer stretching the depth, but not the footprint, to 18.0
    inches.) The primary differences between models lies in paper handling,
    connection options, and where the processing takes place—at the
    computer or at the printer.

    The magicolor 2500W offers a maximum
    resolution of 600 by 2400 dots per inch, a USB connector, and works
    with Windows only, using the computer to process the image.

    up the line is the magicolor 2530 DL, which adds an Ethernet connector
    and a PictBridge connector for printing directly from cameras—a useful
    convenience in some kinds of businesses, like real estate offices that
    need to print pictures of houses. It also adds a $229 duplexer option
    for printing on both sides of a page, a $199 500-sheet second paper
    tray option, and drivers for Macintosh and Linux as well as Windows,
    though it too processes the image on the computer.

    The magicolor
    2550 models add the ability to print dots for each toner color in more
    than one shade, an alternative to increasing resolution for improving
    the look of photos and graphics. Konica Minolta says the resolution is
    600 by 9600 dpi class, meaning that it’s the visual equivalent of
    printing without varying the shading at 600 by 9600 dpi. More
    important, the sample output Konica Minolta provided suggests that
    these models can print something approaching true photo quality. Note,
    however, that only the DN model includes a duplexer, as well as more
    memory, which it needs for duplexing.

    The magicolor 2490MF is
    essentially a network version of the 2480MF that we’ve already
    reviewed. Aside from the addition of a network connector, the key
    differences are a standalone fax feature, the ability to scan to
    e-mail, and a slightly faster scan speed, shaving two seconds off the
    claimed speed for both black and white and color scanning.

    Minolta says that the magicolor 2500W, 2530 DL, and 2550 EN are
    available now, at $299 street for the 2500W, $399 for the 2530 DL, and
    $499 for the 2550 EN. The magicolor 2490MF will be available later in
    September, according to Konica Minolta, for $799, and the magicolor
    2550 DN will be available in October, for $699.