The Konica Minolta magicolor 7400 is a color laser printer designed for the high-volume office environment. Its excellent color output and fast print speeds are impressive, but lackluster text quality may turn away some office users.
The magicolor 7400 is certainly a printer built for high-volume printing, much ilke its direct competition, the Oki C5200 toner printer. It has a monthly duty cycle of 120,000 prints, and its 733 MHz processor means it can handle its own processing, even in a busy office. The 7400's paper capacity is a little disappointing, at 350 sheets, but it can be upgraded to a maximum of 1,850 sheets of paper capacity if necessary. Unfortunately, these upgrades are expensive, and only add more cost to an already expensive printer. Konica Minolta 7400 toner cartridges have a capacity of 3,000 pages for each of its four cartridges. Magicolor 7400 toner costs are reasonable, but users can save even more money by buying third-party compatible cartridges rather than the more expensive cartridges from the manufacturer.
A built-in ethernet port is included for connecting and sharing the Konica Minolta 7400 across a network. Setting the printer up for network sharing is a breeze, as the built-in setup routine is nearly automatic. Any problems encountered should be easily resolved by the excellent user manual. The printer can also be connected by USB or parallel ports if desired. Duplexing is not included as a standard feature, but can be added as an upgrade at any time if needed.
Print quality is a bit mixed for the magicolor 7400, but destroys the quality of previous models, such as the Konica-Minolta 2430 toner printer. Text quality is good, but not overly impressive. It falls behind the quality of some competing units. Graphics quality is average for a laser printer. Photo quality is surprisingly impressive, and nearly matches the quality of a good photo inkjet printer. Unfortunately, its lackluster text quality makes it a difficult choice for an office environment, where text is often the bulk of day-to-day printing needs.
Overall, the Konica Minolta magicolor 7400 is a solid printer capable of high-volume use. Reviews are positive, and in comparison to similar models, such as the Epson CX11N toner printer. Its low paper capacity and below average text quality are major drawbacks, especially given its expensive price tag.
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