Konica Minolta 3730DN review

The Konica Minolta 3730DN is a low-cost colour laser and as such falls short of the competition in some areas. However, its sheer value for money may redeem it if your printing needs are modest. Its clear menu system is easy to operate, and it’s reasonably quiet in use.

It features side-facing main and multi-purpose input trays. The multi-purpose tray adds bulk and accepts only a single sheet, so it’s rather limited in paper-handling terms, able to hold just 251 sheets at once. The cost cutting doesn’t stop there. The printer has a mere 32MB of memory, which can’t be expanded, and an unimpressive 200MHz processor. If you’re looking to print complex documents, you may find the 3730DN underpowered.

The 3730DN isn’t lightning-fast either; in our tests it averaged 16.9 pages per minute for a page of text. This should be adequate for most businesses, but the 10.3ppm rate achieved in duplex mode is less acceptable. At this speed, users are less likely to bother with this paper-saving mode.

Where this laser does excel, though, is in print quality. Characters are immaculately rendered, and the text is sharp. The Konica Minolta thrives at small font sizes, and flew through our tests with ease. The 3730DN offers support for PCL and PostScript 3 printer languages.

The 3730DN isn’t lightning fast, but it produces nicely balanced images and offers good print quality

Colour performance is more than likely affected by the printer’s low specification, and in our tests it managed just 5.9 pages per minute. It also struggled with our two-page PDF test. However, the 3730DN’s colour palette isn’t as dark as some colour lasers, and produces nicely balanced images that bring out most of the details. It’s not outstanding, but we didn’t dislike any of the images produced by this printer.

Given its low asking price, we wouldn’t have been surprised to see this printer demand pricey toner. In fact, it’s relatively cheap to run, costing around 1.6p and 8.4p for each mono and colour page respectively

OUR VERDICT

The Konica Minolta 3730DN has an attractive price tag and, pleasingly, extortionate running costs don’t follow. However, its limited specification prevents this laser from putting in a strong showing overall. You could pay just a little extra for superior results.

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