Konica Minolta Magicolor 2300DL review: Konica Minolta Magicolor 2300DL

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The low-contrast LCD panel is sometimes difficult to read.

All of the consumables are preinstalled, including cyan, magenta, yellow, and black toner cartridges; a waste toner pack; and the drum. A front door on the printer offers access to its innards for replacing consumables. According to Minolta-QMS, high-capacity replacement cartridges run about $80 for black toner and $120 for each of the three colored cartridges. All cartridges can print up to 4,500 sheets at 5 percent coverage, and if they manage to do so, that means the cost runs about 1.8 cents per page of black text and 7.9 cents per page of color.

The toner used in the Magicolor 2300 DL is a little shinier than a typical color laser's toner. That's because the Minolta formulation contains a lubricating polymer that eliminates the need for fuser oil and reduces wear on the printer. It produces a nice finish on color printouts.

QMS claims a top speed of 16 pages per minute (ppm) for black text on the Magicolor 2300 DL, but in CNET LabsÂ' tests, the printer performed below average. The 2300 DL's 10.7ppm performance printing text was a little slower than the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 2500tn's 11.2ppm, which is also rated at 16ppm by the manufacturer. But the Magicolor 2300 DL fell farther behind when it printed mixed graphics and text; it managed a mere 4.1ppm, nowhere near the LaserJet 2500tn's blazing 9.9ppm.

The good news is that the output quality is worth the wait. Text printed clearly down to about 6-point type, when even the higher-priced HP and Xerox competition start to show flaws on Times New Roman and other serif fonts. Color images we printed looked very good on all kinds of paper. The clarity and color reproduction would work fine for printing most presentations and color brochures.

Color laser printer speed  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP LaserJet 2500tn
Minolta-QMS Magicolor 2300DL
Xerox Phaser 6200
Xerox Phaser 860 DX

Laser printer quality
•Poor   ••Fair   •••Good   ••••Excellent
 Printer  Text  Color
 HP LaserJet 2500tn ••• •••
 Minolta-QMS Magicolor 2300DL ••• •••
 Xerox Phaser 6200 ••• ••
 Xerox Phaser 860 DX •• •••

The Magicolor 2300 DL comes with a typical one-year exchange warranty for units with manufacturing or design defects. In addition, Minolta-QMS offers free and toll-free phone support in English, Spanish, and French for all of its current models. Minolta-QMS also provides fee-based support for products it no longer manufactures. It costs $35 per call.

You can also look for answers yourself on the company's &siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=ex&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eminolta%2Dqms%2Ecom%2Fsupport%2Findex%2Ehtml" target="_blank">Web site, where you'll find an online-support database with a natural-language search form and an FTP site for drivers and updates.