A Different Printer Option For Photographers
Using The Konica Minolta magicolor 2350 EN Color Laser Printer Page 2
Once I was assured I was getting good color matching and the best image quality the magicolor 2350 EN could reproduce, I extended my testing to see just how much practical and efficient value the printer could provide. Although the speed rating of the Konica Minolta is four pages per minute, that does not account for the time required to process and transfer the image data to the printer. I found that if I was printing an 8x10" image with a resolution of 300dpi from Photoshop, the processing and transfer time was fairly lengthy, similar to doing the same thing with many ink jet printers. But then, once the printer actually began to put toner on the paper it was just a matter of a few seconds until the print was finished. If I were doing this with a number of images, one after another, I could have several images in process in the print cue, and the magicolor 2350 EN would then spit them out one after another about as fast as I could open images and send them to the printer. With the default 128MB of printer memory in the magicolor 2350 EN this might be speeded up with additional RAM installed in the printer to its maximum of 384MB. This way of working does get more printing accomplished than doing the same thing with an ink jet set at "photo" resolution, but it does not add up to four pages per minute.
The magicolor 2350 EN's full speed potential was achieved if I instructed the driver to make multiple copies of an image. This was also true printing multi-page documents that were made up of both text and images. This led me to try outputting a multi-page Acrobat .PDF file of a number of photo images sized to about 8x10". This file, once sent to the printer, also resulted in printing the pages many times faster than the speediest ink jet printers I have worked with recently.
Evaluation & Recommendation
Although I have described the Konica Minolta magicolor 2350 EN's performance relative to typical popular photo ink jets, it was not with the idea that the magicolor 2350 EN might be chosen instead of an ink jet, but as a frame of reference. It is because I found that the performance in image quality is similar, and that the color laser can reproduce images much faster and at a much lower cost per sheet printed, the magicolor 2350 EN can fill needs and requirements an ink jet cannot. For those photographers who have a need to make higher quantities of prints, quickly and efficiently, and at a lower cost, the Konica Minolta color laser has a place, thus providing an effective solution for some photographers. There are lots of examples I can think of and I am sure many more I can't. Many photographers have small part-time photo businesses, doing weddings, portraits, social events, school pictures, pets, horses, etc., who may want to produce proofs inexpensively.
Print Method: Electrophotographic laser
Print Speed: Color--up to 4 ppm; Monochrome--up to 18 ppm/letter, 17 ppm/A4 (exact print speed differs depending on system configuration, software application, driver, and document complexity)
First Page Output Time: Monochrome--14 seconds from an idle, ready state; Color--25 seconds from an idle, ready state
Processor Type: PowerPC 405 core, 200MHz
Memory: 128MB SDRAM on board, upgradeable to 384MB (one slot)
Standard Interfaces: Ethernet 10/100BaseTX (supports TCP/IP, NetWare IPX/SPX, and EtherTalk protocols); USB 1.1 (supports Microsoft "Plug and Play"); IEEE 1284 parallel (supports Microsoft "Plug and Play")
Optional External Interfaces: Bluetooth and 802.11b wireless technologies supported
Standard Paper Input: 200-sheet multipurpose tray
Optional Paper Input: 500-sheet lower input feeder
Standard Paper Output: 200-sheet face-down output tray
Duplex Printing: Manual (automatic optional)
Paper Weights: Plain paper--16-24 lb, Bond (60-90 g/m2); Thick stock--24-90 lb, (90-163 g/m2) (letter/A4 size or smaller)
Print Media: Plain paper, thick stock, OHP transparencies, laser-quality labels, and envelopes. Duplexing on plain paper only. Printing on thick stock supported on page sizes of letter/A4 and smaller only.
Weight: Without consumables--55 lbs
Fonts: 137 resident PostScript fonts, 80 PCL font
For more information, visit Konica Minolta's website at: http://printer.konicaminolta.net/products/color/mc2350/index.asp.