Minolta-QMS has announced the Magicolor 3100, the first colour laser printer to use PRISMLASER (Photo Reactive Image Splitting Module) technology. The company claims this boosts image quality, speed and reliability.
PRISMLASER technology differs from conventional laser printers in that it prints all four toner colours in a single pass, which Minolta-QMS claims allows the Magicolor 3100 two to four times faster than the fastest colour laser printer currently available. With this claim the company is referring only to standard colour laser printers that image the colours to the page sequentially and separately, not the LED technology-based systems that have been recently popular with other manufacturers. Minolta-QMS claims the PRISMLASER method is much more reliable, precise and of higher quality than LED-based systems.
The Magicolor 3100 prints pages at up to 1,200-x-1,200dpi, backed up by a sharp toner that improves quality by producing smooth graduations in half-tones, according to Minolta-QMS. It can produce both colour and black-&-white prints at up to 16ppm. It supports PostScript 3, PCL 6 and PDF emulations
At the heart of the Magicolor 3100 is a 350MHz RISC processor with 256MB of RAM as standard (with 384MB as it maximum). It includes a 10/100BaseTX Ethernet network interface as standard, with connection also possible over USB or parallel. The printer has a standard 600-sheet cassette and 100-sheet multipurpose tray with an integrated automatic duplexer, which can be boosted by a 1,000 sheet input feeder. An optional hard drive is also available.
The Magicolor 3100 costs £2,495 plus VAT.