Konica Minolta claims a print speed of 25 A4 pages per minute (ppm), or 13ppm for A3, with ten seconds for the first page to appear. It’s possible to achieve these times if making multiple copies of fairly basic documents but anything with even modest graphics will take longer. It also has a tendency to stop for ‘calibrating’ in the middle of a run – a fairly basic 36-page PDF instruction form with no graphics took nearly seven minutes to print.
Once your prints are out, the print quality is pretty good. Resolution is 600 x 600dpi and the print quality for documents is superb, with serif text appearing sharp when viewed under a loupe right down to 3pt. Images were equally good, and the colour reproduction was very accurate, with a reasonably wide colour gamut. However, shadow detail was quite poor. It will print native PDF1.4 and JPEG files, but can only emulate PostScript 3, though we couldn’t find any issues in any of the pages we printed.
Connection is via gigabit Ethernet or USB 2.0. There’s a USB plug on the side for connecting digital cameras via PictBridge should you want to print pictures direct from a camera.
It comes with a side-loading paper tray and a single standard cassette, which will hold up to 250 sheets. It will handle plain and recycled paper and thicker media up to 256gsm, as well as transparencies and labels. It can also handle banners up to 297mm wide and 1.2m long, with an optional banner tray. There are up to three optional print trays, each holding 500 sheets. You do have to be careful to specify through the front menu which paper is loaded in each tray, as leaving it on auto-select, or trying to set it through the print driver can lead to problems.
Other options include automatic duplexing, cabinet, castor base, extra RAM and a 40GB hard disk kit. There’s also a £200 cash back offer, or an £800 discount for existing customers who upgrade to the 7450.
This is a solidly built machine that looks capable of taking years of abuse, and is ideal for documents and content proofing. It’s not going to rival inkjet printers for photographs, but picture quality is better than many comparable laser printers and it should find a welcome home with many publishers, designers and ad agencies.