A compact and affordable color laser printer, the Konica Minolta magicolor 2500W also has impressive quality and speed for its price, like the HP 2500 toner printer. While one might expect speed and quality to suffer somewhat after seeing its price, both speed and quality are above average even when compared to more expensive color laser printers.
Print speeds are rated at 20 pages per minute black and 5 pages per minute color. While real-world times will often be less, this is impressive for the price, and surpasses much of the competition at this price point. Print quality is excellent, with sharp text down to small font sizes, with only a few fonts showing flaws at very small points.
Konica Minolta magicolor 2500W toner cartridges are a good size for a low to moderate print need setting, similar to the HP 2550 toner. Each color Konica Minolta 2500W toner cartridge has a page yield of 1,500 pages, and the black Konica Minolta 2500W toner cartridge has a high capacity page yield of 4,500 pages. User might be glad to note that the color Konica Minolta magicolor 2500W toner cartridge are also available with a high capacity 4,500 page yield.
The 2500W includes a USB 2.0 connection, but no built-in ethernet port. Konica Minolta offers an ethernet port upgrade, however, which can be added on. However, purchasing the ethernet add-on raises the total cost of the printer to the point of competing products that already include built-in ethernet, stripping away one of the 2500W's best features, its low price. If ethernet is a necessity, it is worth considering another option at this point.
The magicolor 2500W's control panel is simple, with no display screen, and only a series of buttons and lights. This is a cost-saving measure to keep the price low, but may frustrate some users. Given that the printer is designed to be connected via USB and accessed mainly by the included software, however, this is not a surprising omission. It is also worth noting that the printer works only with PCs running Windows, and does not have Mac support. With Macs becoming increasingly common in the workplace, this may become more and more of a stumbling block for this and other printers in the future.
Overall, the Konica Minolta magicolor 2500W is a solid color laser printer at a surprisingly low price and decent page yields for the toner cartridges. Its print quality and speed are on par with more expensive units, and its lack of ethernet is likely to be a non-issue for many.
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