Konica Minolta Magicolor 2590MF colour laser multifunction printer
Konica Minolta's colour laser MFP prints surprisingly good photos, it has too many limitations for the price.
- Compact, decent print speed and photo quality
- Confusing control panel, limited standard paper handling
Although it prints surprisingly good photos, this colour laser MFP has too many limitations for the price.
Konica Minolta's biggest problem with its Magicolor 2590MF color laser multifunction is that better-designed machines (such as the Brother MFC-9440CN ) can be had for around the same price. While this model works reasonably well, its design and scan quality could be better.
The core printer body is compact, but other features increase the overall size. Thick feet extend from the rear base of the machine to balance the top scanner unit, which is set back to allow easier access to the 100-sheet output tray. The standard input tray, which sticks halfway out the front, takes both plain paper (200 sheets) or envelopes and other thick media. The 50-sheet automatic document feeder is roomy. A 500-sheet input tray (for plain paper only) can be purchased separately.
The control panel seems to aim for ease of use, offering a lot of one-touch buttons. The effort falls short, however, because the buttons are neither grouped logically nor (in some cases) labelled clearly; for instance, to select the type of document you're copying, you press a button labelled 'Quality'. A monochrome LCD shows brief text and rudimentary symbols, but the messages can be cryptic. A small included booklet covering basic operations is helpful.
Changing the toner cartridges is an involved, but not difficult, process. First you press a button on the front control panel to select the cartridge to be replaced. Then you lift the scanner unit and then a top panel, which brings with it a knot of internal mechanics. Under all that you'll find a small opening where the selected cartridge, installed in a carousel, is presented for your attention. If you want to replace another cartridge at the same time, you must start over — close up the machine completely, press the button, and so forth.
The machine ships with a 4500-page black cartridge (the only size available). You can replace this toner for about $141, or 3.1 cents per page. But the three 1500-page colour cartridges that come with the printer cost nearly $95 each to replace, or 6.3 cents per colour, per page, which is very expensive. Unless you print color infrequently, the higher-capacity 4500-page versions are a better deal, priced at a little over $185 each, or about 4.1 cents per page.
In our tests , the Magicolor 2590MF printed somewhat thick-looking text at a decent rate of 18.6 pages per minute (ppm), close to the vendor's spec of 20 ppm. Graphics printed slowly — around 2.4 ppm — and appeared yellowish but smooth. Copies also looked good. Colour scans were disappointing, however, coming out extremely murky.
I know that multifunction printers are complex and challenging to design. If the Magicolor 2590MF cost less, I'd be more forgiving of its shortcomings.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Epson launches new high-speed Enterprise inkjet printer
- When life gives you a 3D printer, make a house
- Hacker hijacks thousands of publicly exposed printers to warn owners
- Why won’t my printer connect to my wireless router?
- 3D printer owners rate the best 14 machines
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCSenior UNIX AdministratorNSW
- FTNetwork EngineerSA
- FTTelecommunications Installation ManagerSA
- CCSenior Security AnalystsACT
- CCTechnical Consutlant - Entry Level - HPSMVIC
- CCSenior System AdministratorQLD
- CCPlatform Engineer - DevOpsVIC
- FTFront End .Net Developer. Permanent jobACT
- FTLooking for Information Security professional @ CanberraNSW
- FTProject Manager, Asset Vision- SaaS, PaaS- Gov backgroundNSW
- FTSolution ArchitectACT
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- CCProgram CoordinatorVIC
- CCBusiness Specialist - Data ManagementNSW
- CCSenior Network Security EngineerNSW
- FTRisk and Quality ManagerNSW
- FTPMO CoordinatorQLD
- FTHealthcare Application Integration SupportQLD
- FTSenior Desktop Engineer - SCCM / AD / 2012 ServerNSW
- FTTest AnalystACT
- FTCapacity ManagerACT
- CCUAT Test CoordinatorQLD
- CCNetwork EngineerQLD
- CCSenior Full-Stack Developer (Digital Transformation Project)QLD
- TPBI AnalystQLD