The Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN colour laser printer falls a little short in some areas. However, sheer value for money may yet redeem it.
Physically, the Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN works in a very similar fashion to the Epson C3900DN, sharing some of the intricacies of that printer. It has the same sideways paper loading mechanism, for example. It also apes it in terms of the sideways multipurpose tray, which is located on the right side of the Konica - that means you'll have to leave space to the right of the printer, should you want to use the extra tray.
With that in mind, though, it's worth noting that the multipurpose tray only supports a single sheet. That makes the Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN quite limited in terms of paper handling, and results in the user having to rely on the 250-sheet tray main tray. Neither do there appear to be any options for expanding the paper handling, so 251 sheets will be your lot. That makes this a rather limited model for a workgroup setting.
The cut-backs don't stop there, though. The Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN comes with a mere 32MB of memory. And this can't be expanded either, so those wishing to use the printer for complex files may find the Konica rather underpowered for their purposes. The 200MHz processor speed is another sign that this isn't tailored for performance.
You do get a good range of printer languages, though, with support for PCL going up to version 6, and PostScript 3 added as well. Such facilities aren't unusual, but given some of the cuts elsewhere on this printer, we shouldn't take the provision of these for granted. The Konica is easy to operate, with a clear menu system, and the printer is reasonably discreet in use too.
Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN: Performance
The Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN isn't lightning fast for text printing, although the top rate of 16.9 pages per minute (ppm) will prove quite adequate for most users. Duplexing did see this fall to just 10.3ppm though, which is a little slow. Where the Konica does excel is in print quality. The characters are immaculately rendered, while the levels of sharpness are high. The Konica thrived even at small font sizes, flying through our tests with ease.
Colour graphics saw the Konica struggling for speed, perhaps due to its low specifications, and 5.9ppm had it bringing up the rear in our recent printer group test (neither was it nimble-footed when it came to PDFs). The Konica's colour palette isn't as dark as some we've seen here, producing nicely balanced images that bring out most of the details, but without ever feeling overpowering. The Konica didn't stand out particularly, but we found it hard to dislike any of the images produced by this printer's rather neutral palette.
Given its low asking price, you might expect the Konica to answer with steep running costs. In fact, it's relatively cheap here, demanding 1.6p and 8.4p for black and colour respectively. This doesn't make it dirt cheap to run, but it's nowhere near the more expensive likes of the Brother HL-4150CDN and Lexmark C544dn.
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