The Konica Minolta 2530DL is a compact colour laser with built-in networking features. At £200 it costs considerably less than its predecessor at release, and offers a few upgrades including increased memory and marginally lower accessory costs.

The 2530DL doubles the internal memory to 64MB, which enabled us to print high-resolution photos successfully from a digital camera attached to the printer's front-mounted PictBridge port. Without an expensive memory upgrade, however, the 2430DL could print only in draft mode.

The single paper tray holds 200 sheets, although you can add an optional 500-sheet paper tray. At 15.2 pages per minute, text printing speed lags behind a number of the models at this price. Tests produced heavy-looking but well formed text characters with crisp edges. Line art was quite dark, too, and our grayscale print had a yellow-brown tint and overly dark shadows. On plain paper, colour samples showed plenty of detail in the darkest areas but had inaccurate colours.

Konica Minolta 2530DL: Specs

  • Max res 2,400x600dpi
  • quoted print speed B=20ppm C=5ppm
  • USB 2.0
  • ethernet
  • 200-sheet tray
  • toner costs B=£60 C=£99 x 3
  • print life (pages) B=4,500 C=4,500 x 3
  • 1-year warranty
  • 430x395x341mm
  • 18.9kg
  • Max res 2,400x600dpi
  • quoted print speed B=20ppm C=5ppm
  • USB 2.0
  • ethernet
  • 200-sheet tray
  • toner costs B=£60 C=£99 x 3
  • print life (pages) B=4,500 C=4,500 x 3
  • 1-year warranty
  • 430x395x341mm
  • 18.9kg

OUR VERDICT

The Konica Minolta Magicolor 2530DL is an economical choice for printing text and photos, if space and convenience are more important to you than print quality.

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