KONICA MINOLTA's Award-winning magicolor 2400 Series Keeps on Winning; Buyers Laboratory chooses both magicolor 2400W and magicolor 2430 DL as ``Picks of the Year''

KONICA MINOLTA PRINTING SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. announced today that its magicolor(R) 2400W and magicolor 2430 DL have both been selected as Buyers Laboratory's "Pick of the Year" for Spring 2005. The magicolor 2400W was named "Outstanding Personal Color Laser Printer", while the magicolor 2430 DL garnered the "Outstanding Small Workgroup Multi-Pass Color Laser Printer" award.

"Pick" awards are given to the ". . . most outstanding products in the office document imaging industry," according to Buyers Laboratory. These awards are unique because they are based on months of rigorous lab testing, and thousands of pages printed, by technical and editorial teams at Buyers Lab facilities. Buyers Laboratory "Picks" are products that the laboratory has judged to have the most significant features, the greatest value, and the highest level of performance.

In January, 2005, the magicolor 2400W was named PC Magazine's "Editors' Choice", and the magicolor 2430 DL won CNET's "Next Big Thing" award at the 2005 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

magicolor 2400W - Outstanding Personal Color Laser Printer

The magicolor 2400W achieved a rating of "excellent" in seven different categories of Buyers Laboratory's performance testing. According to the test report, Buyers Lab technicians were ". . . impressed with the excellent color consistency of the magicolor 2400W." Reliability, ease of use and set-up, and color productivity were also areas in which the magicolor 2400W received an "excellent" rating. In its 17,500-impression durability test, the magicolor 2400W passed without experiencing a single misfeed or requiring a service call. Buyers Lab also remarked on the consistency of the magicolor 2400W's color print quality, rating it above that of many units in this range. Buyers Lab Printer Industry Analyst Marlene Glazer Orr remarked "Besides its excellent performance, the magicolor 2400W is budget-friendly as well. It's one of the lowest-priced color laser printers on the market, and offers a cost-per-page that's lower than the average for inkjet printers we've tested."

magicolor 2430 DL - Outstanding Small Workgroup Multi-Pass Color Laser Printer

Like its companion product in the KONICA MINOLTA magicolor 2400 Series, the magicolor 2430 DL also achieved an outstanding performance rating in Buyers Laboratory's "Spring Picks". The magicolor 2430 DL features the same ease of use and set-up, consistent print quality, and high degree of reliability as the magicolor 2400W. It is also the first color laser with built-in camera-direct photo printing. The magicolor 2430 DL has Ethernet connectivity and multi-platform capability, making it the perfect tool for the small multi-user workgroup or office that needs reliable, eye-catching color printing.

"It is an honor to receive Buyers Laboratory's prestigious "Spring Pick" award for two of our SOHO color laser printers," remarked Steve Fletcher, president and COO of KONICA MINOLTA PRINTING SOLUTIONS. "We recognize the rigorous testing performed by Buyers Lab and know that, as "Spring Pick" winners, our customers can clearly see our commitment to providing the most reliable, high-performance printers on the market."

The magicolor 2400W and magicolor 2430 DL each have a one-year exchange warranty and ship with a pre-installed set of supplies, including cyan, magenta, yellow, and black toner cartridges. The printer is available through KONICA MINOLTA's network of retail outlets, distributors, authorized dealers, and e-commerce partners. To find the location nearest you, call 800-523-2696 or visit www.buymagicolor.com.


KONICA MINOLTA PRINTING SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC., is an innovative developer, manufacturer, and supplier of document printing solutions. The product line includes color and monochrome laser printers, and associated supplies and accessories for general office, electronic publishing, graphic design, advanced imaging, and home office applications. KONICA MINOLTA PRINTING SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. headquarters are in Mobile, Alabama USA, and its products are distributed through a broad network of e-commerce, retail, reseller, and distribution partners.

Buyers Laboratory, Inc.

For over 40 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office equipment test lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry's most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in the company's 10,000-square-foot lab, BLI has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company's databases, which cover more than 6,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the most reliable and complete, are available to subscribers in the form of printed specification guides, as well as CD-based and online product comparison software programs.

With its Buyers Alliance program, Buyers Lab also provides comprehensive purchasing support services to business consumers in the process of acquiring office equipment, which includes creating customized RFPs and conducting on-site document imaging device usage assessments. In addition, Buyers Laboratory provides a vast array of confidential for-hire custom testing services, including document imaging device beta testing, print controller testing, and the testing of consumables, such as paper, toner, ink, transparencies and photoconductors.

Posted: Tue - June 7, 2005 at 10:00 AM