Thursday, June 29, 2006

Another printing alternative

For those of you using inkjets with their high per page cost, the newer color laser printers provide an interesting option. We have been using the Konica Minolta Magicolor 2450 with good results. The printer retails for $499 and is available to order from Staples, etc. It is a 9600 dpi printer and is intended to provide "inkjet quality" photographic prints. Cost per page is less than .25 cents. Laser photo paper (we are using Hammermill) is $19.99 for 150 sheets or about .13 cents per page. High-capacity toner cartridges are $129. (It comes with high-capacity cartridges). They are supposed to print 4500 sheets. Konica estimates somewhere between 2.2 and 11 cents per page depending on what is being printed. Prints are out, and dry, in about 10-15 seconds. Konica Minolta's website will allow you to send images for a "test drive' and they will print samples on any of their printers.
We are quite pleased with the prints. Laser photo paper is not as glossy as inkjet glossy so the appearance is more "matte" like but the resolution is very comparable to inkjet prints.
(the top image is the laser print)


Blogger Craig Dial said...

Nice job Don, good write up on this printer. Question: Dose the ink smear when you place moisture on your fingers and wipe?

4:11 PM  
Blogger Don Croall said...

Thanks, Craig. I hadn't checked for moisture. I guess that's a problem in the Delta ;-) Doesn't look like it leaves any permanent marks. If you decide to try this printer, be aware that there are multiple drivers available. The postscript driver seems to be best suited for our needs.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Eric Iwamoto said...

It is a bit difficult to compare the images, is it possible for you to post a close-up to see the difference more clearly? What has been the response from your referrals?

9:26 AM  
Blogger Don Croall said...

Your browser will lift the image off the blog and you can save and enlarge it using paint or another application. That way you can check different levels of magnification.
Have not had one negative feedback from any of my referrals. They probably don't even notice the difference!

2:33 PM  
Blogger Matt Kroona said...

Did you compare it to other color laser printers? My HP color laser does a real marginal job on x-rays.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Don Croall said...

Matt I didn't do direct comparisons but did some research on the web. Trade publications, etc.
Konica Minolta seemed to be rated quite high for photographic printing. They seem to be pushing the photo aspect as their printers now have card slots. If you want to send me some .pdf's I'll be happy to print them for you to compare.

11:23 AM  

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