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   Konica-Minolta magicolor 5650/5670

5650 5670
31ppm, 37ppm,
733MHz 867MHz

The Way We See It
9-10
Excellent
7-8
Good
5-6
Average
1-4
Poor
 
magicolor 5650 /5670
Setup
9.2
Print Quality
9.0
Speed
9.4
Paper Handling
8.1
Supplies
8.3
Service & reliability
8.4
TOTAL
52.5
 



In Short:
The new Konica Minolta 5650 and the faster 5670 are the latest and fastest color laser from this manufacturer to date. These models replace the popular 5500 series. This reliable engine is coupled with a feature rich controller powered by a 733MHz processor on the 5650 and a faster 867MHz processor on the 5670. The end result is a fast desktop network color laser with above average print quality and solid all around performance. The new magicolor 5650 and 5670 both ship with 256 MB, PS3 & PCL emulations, 10/100/1000BaseTX Ethernet, parallel, and USB ports. The Gigabit Ethernet interface was an advantage in performance during our overall testing. The printer was easy to set up once it was unpacked. The four standard toners and four imaging units are already loaded in the printer as shipped. All supplies load from the front of the printer which is a plus. The main upgrade that Konica Minolta implemented in this latest version is mainly speed. The separate toner / drum system allows the user to replace just the toner when needed resulting in a significantly lower than average cost per page. Installing the printer on the network proved to be fairly straight-forward. Like the 5500 series the front panel display has been enlarged to display more information and now includes a continuous toner status display. Printing at clocked speeds up to an impressive 31.3 pages per minute in full color for the 5650 and up to 36.7 PPM for the 5670, these models finished consistently near the top of our standard speed tests. The print quality on the 5650 and 5670 was very good overall. The quality of the black text was above average and the color text was especially good. Both models did a very good job printing smooth gradations. Minolta’s 9600x600 dpi-class Photo ART technology coupled with this engine, produced consistently good output and in most cases out-shined the other current color laser models we tested. A couple of other neat features include a “glossy mode” that is enabled via the printer driver under the color options and a PictBridge that allows you to print directly from most digital cameras. The 5650 and 5670 have a standard 500-sheet letter size feeder and a 100-sheet MP tray for heavier media or other sizes like legal. If you need to print a lot of legal size paper we recommend the optional lower feeder which can handle either letter or legal size. Other options for this printer include an internal hard drive, additional RAM, and auto-duplex unit for automated two-sided printing on plain paper.

The Bottom Line:
The new Konica Minolta 5650 and 5670 are two fast network color lasers with great print quality. With print speeds up to 31 and 37 PPM respectively, the 5650 and 5670 are more than adequate for most office work especially on plain letter size paper.  These printers work well in the Mac OS, UNIX, and Windows environments.
 

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