Minolta-QMS has introduced the magicolour 3100, its first colour laser-printer that implements Prismlaser technology.

Prismlaser (Photo Reactive Image Splitting Module) technology uses a tandem, single-pass print method that images all four toner colours simultaneously to produce full-colour prints two to four times faster than the fastest colour laser printer today, the company claims. Traditional colour laser printers use a multi-pass technology in which cyan, magenta, yellow, and black toner are imaged on a page sequentially and separately to create full-colour output.

The printer has a speed of 16 pages per minute both in colour and black-and-white. Its maximum resolution is 1,200-x-1,200dpi. The unit employs a new toner process (PhysicoChemical) developed to produce smoother graduations in half tones, as well as sharper images and text.

Magicolour 3100 is network ready, with an auto sensing Ethernet (10/100BaseT) interface. It also supports multiple printer languages, such as PostScript or PDF. It hosts 256MB on-board RAM, a 350MHz RISC processor, and has an automatic duplex printing function.

It costs £2,495, and offers a 600-sheet paper cassette and 100-sheet multipurpose tray. A 1,000-sheet input feeder is available as an optional extra.