Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN review

It's too big and heavy for many home users, but low costs and good results make this printer ideal for a busy small business

23 Mar 2012
Our Rating 
5/5
Price when reviewed 
118
inc VAT

Specifications

single-pass colour laser, 24ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 330x419x520mm

Updated after our March 2012 round-up of laser printers

We've already reviewed Konica Minolta's entry-level Magicolor 1600W, awarding it four stars in May 2009. For this test we decided to include the newer, more powerful Magicolor 3730DN, but it didn't make the best first impression. It's a huge, heavy printer where the print engine is arranged sideways in relation to the front panel. The paper tray and consumables are accessed through the front, but the manual feed slot is to the right, meaning you need to keep the desktop clear on two sides.

Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN

These days most manufacturers' install programs find their printers on the network and do the necessary configuration for you, but Konica Minolta's is a blast from the past. You need to use the printer's display to find its IP address. Then again, this isn't a printer aimed at home users.

Once set up, the Magicolor 3730DN began to impress us. It's not unduly loud when working, with no clunks or harsh fan noises, yet it managed to be quite quick when printing in black only, delivering pages of text at 20ppm. With a speed of only 9.8ppm on our mixed-colour document it's perhaps a little slow for this price, but it was quite swift to print our photo tests. At 74 seconds for 10 sides of colour graphics, its duplex speed is good, too.

Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN display

The 3730DN's print quality is one of its strongest assets. Black text was excellent and our black and white test print was free of any colour tint and was rich in detail. Photo prints were very nearly as good as those from Xerox's Phaser 6500N, with just a slight yellow tint and slightly less detail in the lightest tones. Graphics were also very good, although the 3730DN struggled with the darkest shade progressions in our PowerPoint slides, introducing traces of mauve and black into a dark blue background.

Where this printer excels, though, is in its low running costs. If you stick to high-capacity toners, each colour print should cost just 8.6p, only slightly more than the Kyocera Mita FS-C5150DN, while mono pages should be a reasonable 2.1p. Those who print a little are likely to baulk at spending £521 on a full set of high-capacity supplies, but those who print considerably more will go on to reap the benefit.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Maximum native print resolution 600x2,400dpi
Maximum enhanced print resolution 600x2,400dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 24ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 24ppm

Tested Speeds

Mono page from sleep time 1.0 24s
Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 37s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 52s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 330x419x520mm
Weight 25.5kg
Noise (in normal use) 49dB(A)
Duty cycle 120,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 210gsm
Standard paper inputs 2
Standard paper input capacity 251
Maximum paper inputs 2
Maximum paper input capacity 251
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes

General

Printer technology single-pass colour laser
Language(s) host-based
Supported operating systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
Standard printer memory 32MB
Maximum printer memory 32MB
Other laser features and options none

Buying Information

Price £118
Price of 2nd paper cassette N/A
Capacity of supplied black toner 2,000 pages
Capacity of supplied colour toners 1,000 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s) N/A
Estimated colour TCO - three years medium £1373
Estimated colour TCO - three years heavy £5115
Warranty one year onsite
Supplier http://www.oyyy.co.uk
Details www.konicaminolta.co.uk
Consumable parts and prices £23

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 37s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 52s