The Konica Minolta PagePro 1250W is another good quality copier from Konica, aimed directly at the small business or workgroup. It offers affordability and the speed of much more expensive machines and is of good enough quality to be able to service most SOHO needs.
The paper drawer is a okay at 150 sheets, which is upgradeable to 500 if needed. There is also a single sheet bypass tray for envelopes and other thicker or odd sized media. The PagePro 1250W is quick and easy to install and configure. The toners are long lasting at 5500 pages apiece and the memory is large enough at 8Mb for the average small office or workgroup. It isn’t upgradeable so what you see it what you get there, but it coped okay with our test document.
The printer needs to be connected via USB to a host PC in order for it to work as it has no processor of its own. While this probably won’t bother most SOHO users, it is one of the reasons why it is so cheap. It means that it is on Windows compliant and can’t use PostScript.
Reproduction is very good, with text appearing clean and fresh with no clipping or vagueness at lower points. Images looked a little on the dark side, which is actually good for presentations and is easily corrected using the bundled software.
With a print speed of 12 pages per minute for monochrome prints, which means the PagePro 1250W is a quick mover for such an affordable machine. In fact the speed is the main benefit on this printer. When launched it was the fastest laser printer around for its price. The print was good enough for it to be able to compete at a much higher level than should have been possible.
Overall, the PagePro 1250W is a good, fast small office printer with a rich enough repertoire to satisfy most needs. It’s strength is definitely its speed and cost effectiveness. Replacement consumables are readily available and good value, which lowers the cost of ownership even more.
Those in the market for a good, speedy printer that can cope with almost anything, but don’t mind it being slave to a host PC would be advised to check out the PagePro 1250W.