Demand for networked color laser printers continues to grow. They offer high-resolution, crisp text, and vivid colors, and are playing a greater role in businesses. But they face challenges: high-performance and lower cost inkjet printers and a weak economy that caused companies to look for ways to cut print costs or allocate those costs to departments. And there's still a big market for black and white printers. Most printers now meet Energy Star standards, which means energy efficiency isn't a
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The Konica Minolta magicolor 7450 II grafx was designed specifically to meet the needs of the color printing business. The magicolor 7450 includes photorealistic image resolution, Pantone color tables, built-in 40 GB hard drive, 768 MB memory, and a 733 MHz G4 processor. Professionals can print out on 12.25" x 18" paper, heavy stock, envelopes, labels, and full-color 12.25" x 47.24" banners, according to the developer. In addition, the Magicolor 7450, which works with both Macs and PCs, features professional-quality color tools and emulation profiles, smart calibration system and enhanced Automatic Image Density Control (eAIDC) to maintain consistent color values through long print runs, Konica Minolta said.
Paper capacity: 500 sheets
Paper trays: One; add up to three for total of 1,850
Duplex printing: Yes
Monthly duty cycle: 120,000
B&W print speed: 24.5 ppm
Color print speed: 24.5 ppm
Max. print resolution: 9600 x 600 dpi
Time to first page: 12 seconds
Environmental features: Energy Star
Designed for: Color printing business
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