Konica Minolta 5570 is the latest color laser to join the venerable magic color family. With a quoted top speed of 35 ppm for mono and 30 ppm for color, it looks capable of satisfying high-volume work group printing and uses Konica Minolta's Simitri HD polymerised toner technology, which claims to deliever superior print quality.
Simitri HD uses toner particles that are uniform in shape, and Konica Minolta claims this allows the printer to deliver finer detail and use less toner than the competition. It also claims the toner melts at much lower temperatures, allowing the printer to save up to 15 % on power consumption and reducing paper curling. Plus, it emits 40 % less CO2 than conventional toner.
We have no arguments with build quality, and despite being only slightly larger than Lexmark's C532dn the 5570 weighs a hefty 44 kg fully loaded. Standard paper handling is spread across a 500-sheet base tray and 100-sheet motorised MP tray, and you can add two more 500-sheet base trays. Along with decent processor, the printer sports 256 MB of memory, and an extra 512 MB costs are differ.
If you go for the 12,000-page high-yield toner cartridges, printing costs are reasonable, with color page costing 5.8 p and mono page 1.1 p. The 12,000-page toner value pack reduces costs to 5.7 per color page. If you choose a 6,000-page toner cartridge, costs will increase to 7.1 p for color and 1.3 p for mono. Just note that the printer only comes with 3,000-page starter cartridges.
At last it is good buy for everyone.