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Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN review

£2,395 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Konica Minolta

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN is a well-priced, high-quality large-format colour laser printer.

The Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN is a well-priced, high-quality large-format colour laser printer.

Another manufacturer that started out as document-copying specialists, Konica Minolta has now overseen its Magicolor range of colour lasers through several permutations. The Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN is, at the time of writing, the current top-end A3+ model (with the 7450 immediately below), and it's a very impressive beast indeed.

What's most striking about the Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN is that it is not the base unit in a list of sibling products, each with a slightly higher specification than the others. The Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN comes, as standard, with automatic duplexing, 1024MB of memory (the maximum) and two 500-sheet paper trays. There are extras, such as a 60GB hard disk, but we found that the unit as supplied could handle everything we threw at it – and more.

Incidentally, the Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN uses a PowerPC processor – a PowerPC MC7447 64-bit CPU running at 1GHz to be precise. Admittedly, these things have a habit of being superseded pretty quickly, but for the present that makes it about the fastest embedded processor you can get.

So how does all this grunt translate into action? Well, perhaps surprisingly, the Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN isn't the fastest large scale colour laser printer we've tested, taking a fraction of a second over a minute and a half to print our standard Word document at draft quality.

For the sake of fairness, by the way, each printer performed our tests three times, and an average of the resulting timings was taken.

The Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN handled our PDF mixed image file with ease: at standard quality it took 31.57 seconds for A4 and 35.76 seconds for A3. The results, in terms of image quality, were pretty much the best we've tested too, with the photographic image gaining in depth in comparison with other printers, and each of the blocks in the Kodak grey scale clearly differentiated.

Setup and administration of the Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN were also simple.

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Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN Expert Verdict »

Max Resolution (B&W): 600x600dpi
Total Media Capacity: 1150 sheets
1 year warranty
print speed: up to 35ppm - B/W - A4 (210x297mm): Up to 35ppm - colour - A4 (210x297mm)
Max Media Size (Standard): A3
Networking: Print server - Ethernet , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet
Language Simulation: PCL 5C, PostScript 3, PCL XL, PCL 6C
Media Type: envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, glossy paper, postcard, recycled paper
USB, Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T
Max Media Size (Custom): 297mmx1200mm
Monthly Duty Cycle: 150,000 pages
Duplex Printout
2x 500-sheet input trays, 150-sheet multipurpose tray
PowerPC 1GHz
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

On the whole, it's fair to say that the Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN impressed us greatly. It's a fine piece of kit at this price point.

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