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The Magicolor 2550 is positioned as one of Konica Minolta's entry level colour laser printers, well almost entry level, as it offers some very nice features without taking the price of the device too high.
The specification on offer from this full colour model is a cracking 20ppm (pages per minute) in monochrome and 5ppm in full colour. The native resolution is 600dpi with a x4 dithering method which beefs this up to an effective 2,400dpi. The model on review here is the standard model, which has 128MB of memory, is network ready and offers Postscript 3 printer language in addition to PCL6 and PDF support.
The 2550DN which is the next model up adds a built-in duplexer and has 256MB of memory, it also adds Pictbridge support for direct connection of a compatible digital camera. Both models are capable of handling a monthly duty cycle of 35,000 pages per month and are supplied with a 1-year onsite warranty.
OK, now the formalities are out of the way, on with the review, and because this laser printer is accessible to most users price reach I will attempt to keep things non-technical. The unit itself is very compact, almost a 40cm cube, with a nicely positioned LCD control panel on the bottom right corner on top of the printer. Setting up is very very straightforward, simply installing the toner cartridges, then installing the software, plugging in either a USB2 or ethernet cable (or parallel, ahem) and you are good to go.
What surprised me when turning the unit on was how quietly it runs. The initial startup has a few whirrs, which is to be expected, but once in standby you will hardly hear it (<35dBA) and even when running the quoted <52dBA is way over what I think I am hearing. This is one quiet printer, so really suitable for home/office use.
To test the 2550 I printed a variety of pages to it, the first of which was a plain black and white text document, which was processed very quickly. The first page printed in approximately 12 seconds and a full 19 pages printed in one minute, just slightly under the quoted speed. Text was clear and readable right down to 3 points, though I would guess the smaller text was also readable, just not by my eyes.
Next up was a full colour PDF document, with a mix of text and 3 photographs. First page out in 24 seconds, and a total of 5 pages were printed in the full minute. Quality of the full colour text was crisp and very readable, the photographs also showed nice smooth colour transitions and a nice amount of detail, even in the darker areas. The 2550 will accept up to 200gsm paper, which is a thin card, so I decided to test the printer with a different type of paper. I used a 160gsm Mondi Colour laser paper, which has a slight coating or sheen to it and is very high white in appearance. The results on text were not really much different, maybe only standing out on the page a little more. The photographic images were really superb, they just came alive with so much more vibrancy. This combination of paper with the 2550 really impressed me and I highly recommend that you experiment with different paper types, should you choose to buy this printer.
Running costs are very good, with the black toner cartridge (£46) delivering 4,500 pages (at 5% coverage) and the colour cartridges available in either standard (£48) (1,500 pages) or high capacity (£76) (4,500 pages). These prices were attained by a quick bit of Google searching, which also turned up a high capacity value kit, containing all four toners for £220. You should expect to be paying around 6p per colour page and about 1p per black and white page, not bad at all. So, I was impressed by the specification of the Magicolor 2550, and even more impressed by the quietness of the printer. What I did not expect was such stunning image results from a printer that costs just £399*.
Throughout testing I did not experience any paper jams, connectivity, or speed issues. I also liked the fact that I could print almost to the edge of the sheet, with just 4mm margins. Add to this, the fact that as my needs become greater I could also choose to expand the paper handling capacity from the standard 200 sheets, to an additional 500 sheets with the optional lower paper tray and you are onto a real winner. There are a lot of choices when it comes to colour laser printers, but if you want a model that is a definite step-up from those entry level offerings, the Magicolor 2550 should definitely be on your short list.
*at time of testing.
Note: I am the original author of this review on www.geekanoids.co.uk
The magicolor 2550 is a compact color laser workgroup printer that offers fast and brilliant quality printouts. It is compatible with a wide range of office applications and network environments making it the ideal solution for business and graphic users.
Power is delivered by means of the renowned Emperon controller. The magicolor 2550 prints from virtually any application making it a versatile printing solution for your network environment. Still more power comes in the form of a rapid 300 MHZ page-processor and standard 128 MB RAM, allowing you to speed through heavy print jobs in no time
The magicolor 2550 utilizes 600 x 600 dpi x 4-bit Photo ART contone technology for unrivalled print quality. Due to the variation of individual pixel color, Photo ART contone accentuates printing precision, enhances image detail and provides smooth graduated color tones.
Print quality and consistency is further refined through the use of Simitri polymerized toners and eAIDC (enhanced Automatic Image Density Control). The result is photo quality prints in stunning color!
The magicolor 2550 is economical to run due to its pre-installed long-lasting toner cartridges and high capacity replacement toners, which results in a considerably low cost per page.
With the magicolor 2550, you will have the added flexibility of printing your business documents on demand in-house, saving you valuable time and money. Through the use of an optional automatic duplexer, you can create your own double-sided marketing materials in-house.
|Product Description:||Konica Minolta magicolor 2550 - printer - colour - laser|
|Printer Type:||Workgroup printer - laser - colour|
|Max Media Size (Standard):||Legal, A4|
|Max Media Size (Custom):||216 mm x 356 mm|
|Print Speed:||Up to 5 ppm - colour - A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Up to 20 ppm - B/W - A4 (210 x 297 mm)
|Max Resolution ( Colour ):||600 dpi|
|Image Enhancement Technology:||Photo ART|
|Interface:||Parallel, USB, LAN|
|Processor:||Freescale MPC8220i 300 MHz|
|RAM Installed ( Max ):||128 MB ( 640 MB )|
|Language Simulation:||PCL 5E, PCL 5C, PostScript 3, PCL 6, PCL XL, PDF 1.3, PDF 1.4|
|Media Type:||Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, postcard|
|Total Media Capacity:||200 sheets|
|Media Handling:||200-sheet multipurpose tray|
|Monthly Duty Cycle (max):||35000 pages|
|Networking:||Print server - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet|
|Printer Features:||Optional duplex|
|System Requirements:||Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, SuSE Linux 8.2, Red Hat Linux 9, Apple MacOS 9.1 or later, Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP|
|Microsoft Certification:||Works with Windows Vista|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||39.5 cm x 43 cm x 34.1 cm|