Konica Minolta has announced a new laser printer specifically tailored for graphic design professionals.

The magicolor 7450 grafx offers high-speed, high-volume output of 24.5 colour pages per minute and can handle a wide range of media with weights from 16lb bond to 140lb index paper. It can print on custom-size media as ranging from 3.55" x 5.5" to as large as 12.25" x 18," for full-bleed tabloid designs, and banner sizes up to 12.25" x 47.24". The standard 350-sheet paper capacity can be increased to a maximum of 1,850 sheets with up to three optional 500-sheet cassettes. An optional automatic duplexer delivers two-sided printing on pages up to 12.25" x 18" in size.

Using Konica Minolta's Emperon technology, the magicolor 7450 grafx is built for productivity, says the company. The built in Emperon controller features a 733MHz G4 CPU to process graphic-intense files, standard 768MB DDR SDRAM and a 40GB Hard Disk Drive for advanced memory, PostScript 3, PCL 6, PDF 1.4, JPEG/TIFF Direct Print, Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000BaseTX to supply high speed colour printing, High-speed USB 2.0 and parallel robust interfaces as well as functions such as Secure job, Proof then Print, Print and Hold.

The new printer features 9600 x 600 dpi-class resolution, and contone printing technology for true-to-life photographic detail and smooth colour gradients. An ICC-based colour matching system provides automatic colour control including support for Windows ICM and Apple ColorSync. It also delivers SWOP, Commercial Press, Eurocolor, Toyo, DIC and SNAP press emulations, as well as standard RGB source profiles such as sRGB, Apple RGB, ColorMatch, Blue Adjust and Adobe RGB.

In addition, the magicolor 7450 grafx features photorealistic resolution and Pantone colour tables for colour-accurate proofs and documents. The Konica Minolta smart calibration system – enhanced Automatic Image Density Control (eAIDC) – ensures consistent colour on every print says the company and the printer uses Konica Minolta’s exclusive Simitri Color Polymerized Toner, which improves print quality with toner that yields more vibrant, durable prints with crisp text and images that don't smear.

Direct photo printing is available from PictBridge-compatible cameras.

Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, and Linux, the magicolor 7450 grafx's PageScope printer management tools make it easy for users to set up, monitor, and control print features.

The magicolor 7450 grafx costs $3,999.