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KONICA MINOLTA magicolor 1600W Personal Up to 20 ppm 1200 x 600 dpi Color Print Quality Color Laser Printer
  • Up to 20 ppm
  • 1200 x 600 dpi Black Print Quality
  • Up to 35,000 pages monthly
  • 16 MB Memory, std.
  • $229.99
  • $196.00
  • Save: $33.99 (15%)
  • $1.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

When the printer worked, it printed decent quality text, and average color output. Holds a lot of paper, printed heavy paper okay but not card stock.

Price, but that's not always a good thing in this case, as you get what you pay for.

Cons:

Where do I begin...

The included cartridges lasted a pathetically short time. Whey they say starter cartridges, they really mean it.

I understand the printers sell near or at a loss, while being subsidized by the outrageous price of the toner cartridges. But the price the replacements sell at is truly highway robbery-- You will pay the cost of the printer at least twice with one set of replacements.

At about the one month mark when the new toner cartridges went in, the imaging unit (drum?) developed a burn mark in the film which manifests itself as a black blotch on EVERY sheet of paper. It appears three times on each sheet. While this isn't terrible for home use, it prevents you from using it on anything semi-professional as there is no way to fix this without buying a new printer or new imaging unit, which is about twice the cost of the printer.

After one month, this heavy hunk of plastic junk is headed for the landfill.

Other Thoughts:

I've owned printers over the last 20 years and never had good and bad, but nothing this lousy until now.

I didn't get many pages out of it before the "change cartridge" lights came on, first the black and not long after that the color lights came on, even though I hadn't printed any color. This tells me their counting time as part of the "change algorithm" and not just sheets printed / toner used. This is pretty deceptive.

Once the lights were on for a few days, the printer refused to print after that, even though there was ample toner in the cartridges.

When I replaced the cartridges (which wasn't that hard really), after the printer initialized and printed a few pages, it made an AWFUL mess of toner inside the machine which took many pages printed to clean out.

After the burn hole in the drum I lost all hope for this thing and pitched it.

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  • David D.
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