The MagiColor 2300W, Minolta-QMS’ latest addition to its range, is in essence a stripped-down version of the 2300 Desklaser.
While the 2300W shares many basic specifications with the Desklaser, this printer has less upgrade potential. Both devices offer 32MB of SDRAM, for instance, but only the Desklaser lets you upgrade the memory should you need to print larger jobs.
We previously criticised the 2300 Desklaser for its limited paper handling facilities and, with its 200-page input and output trays, this fault also applies to the 2300W. With no larger papertrays available as an optional extra, you’ll be restricted to loading 200 pages at a time. If you’re planning on running off several hundred pages at any one time you’ll have to keep an eye on the 2300W -- a nuisance to say the least.
However, complaining about the MagiColor’s lack of high-end facilities is to miss the point. Printing quality is extremely good. The 2300W may lack the 2400x2400dpi resolution support of the Desklaser but, at 600x600 and 1200x600dpi, image and text quality is clean and beautifully defined.
Speed is decent as well -- at 600x600dpi the printer averages 12.2ppm and 1.6ppm at mono and colour respectively. Manual duplex facilities (allowing for double-sided printing) are also available.
Minolta-QMS MagiColor 2300W
For anyone needing to frequently run off print jobs consisting of hundreds of pages, a higher-end laser printer is needed. However, for the majority of home and small office users the Minolta-QMS MagiColor 2300W will make an excellent purchase. It generates terrific full colour high-resolution images in a fraction of the time it’ll take an inkjet printer. And with much lower running costs, this model will, over time, pay you back handsomely.
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