Konica Minolta's Magicolor 4650EN colour laser printer competes well with other models in its class. For smaller offices or workgroups, the Magicolor 4650EN will be a solid choice.

In our tests, the Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650EN posted competent midrange speeds of 23.1 pages per minute (ppm) for plain text and 3.9ppm for graphics. Text samples look black and clean. Graphics detailed. Photos have a yellowish cast that was distracting at times.

In view of its bulk and weight, the Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650EN has a few surprising limitations, but overall it seems well built and thoughtfully designed.

A PictBridge port aids photo printing. The Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650EN's 250-sheet main paper tray slides out from the printer on rails (it doesn't detach); that extra support probably increases the component's sturdiness.

Pages exit into a top, 200-sheet output tray. A related unit, the Magicolor 4650DN, includes duplexing (two-sided printing).

It's hard to go wrong with the Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650EN's well-designed control panel. The four-line monochrome LCD is backlit for easy readability. Though the dual-function button for summoning the menus or selecting a setting can be confusing, word labels indicate both possibilities. The submenus cover a wealth of features and are logically organised.

The Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650EN's consumables load separately, which makes them trickier to replace (though again documentation is quite good) and somewhat more cost-effective. The printer ships with 3,000-page starter toner supplies for each colour.


When matched against other printers in its price range, the Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650EN does as good a job as any at balancing features, capabilities, and cost.