Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN

Great A3 printing

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN
  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5

Pros

  • Wide colour gamut, accurate colour output, handles complex vector art

Cons

  • Driver confusing and fiddly to set up, slow prints

Bottom Line

Once you're over the initial set-up hurdle, the MagiColour 8650DN is a top-notch printer for design studios.

Would you buy this?

The Magicolor 8650 is an A3 colour laser printer with exceptionally high-grade output that would make an ideal proof printer for many design studios. It has its flaws — it's especially fiddly to set up, for example — but on a day-to-day basis it's got everything you need.

The 8650DN is the base model in the range, but features more than most base units. There are two 500-sheet paper trays, and a full 1GB of RAM built-in as standard — which are often add-ons on other units.

You can build it up to Dalek-size with a cabinet of either two more 500-sheet trays or one 2500 sheet monster — but the standard model offers enough for most creative studios.

Setting up the 8650DN on your network using the provided software is easy, especially on the Mac, where support for Apple's Bonjour makes installation very simple indeed. However, getting designs and artwork to appear in the high-quality, colour-managed way you'd want is tricky.

Colour management is controlled in the printer driver, and setting the right output parameters is fiddly — while the manual is no help at all. Once you've worked out that the 'DTP' mode selection gives you highest-quality, colour-managed output without fiddling with lots of buried settings, you're set for the rest of the printer's usable life — but it took us a lot of trial-and-error to get there.

The 8650DN isn't the nippiest printer at producing pages, but when they finally emerge, they're top-notch. Colours are reproduced accurately using the printer's internal profile, and profiling the device makes it even more accurate. Profiling also revealed that the 8650DN has an impressively wide colour gamut, so much of your output will match what you see on screen — and it's capable of emulating press standards more accurately (in theory, anyway).

One nifty feature in the driver is the ability to emulate press standards such as SWOP and EuroScale, though we weren't able to test how accurate these were.

Despite not licensing Adobe's PostScript (it uses its own emulation), we didn't have any problems with printing documents with complex vector graphics.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

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.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

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!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

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.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?