The Konica Minolta Fax 1600 or Konica Minolta 1600F is an all-in-one monochrome laser printer with Ethernet and USB 2.0 connections. It takes 21 seconds to heat up and then prints 16 pages per minute at 600 x 600 dpi. It serves as both a sheet-fed and flatbed copier and scanner, and it performs both operations in either configuration at the same rate and quality that it prints. The machine also provides a full range of fax and PC-fax functionality. In its default design, the 1600 has a 100 MHz processor and 96 MB of memory; it uses 340 watts and creates noise at the 52 dB level.
Konica Minolta uses a simple but attractive and effective design: a modern cube with rounded edges and a top section that is wider than its tall base. The colour scheme is off-white and light grey with blue accents, such as on the logo and output tray. The output tray juts upward, so it does not get in the way or take up unnecessary space. Konica Minolta has positioned the keyboard at the face of the device, and although connected, they have set it apart. This design has its pros and cons; it is quite easy to use but it makes the machine a tad longer than it needs to be. Access to change the Konica Minolta 1600 toner cartridges is straight forward and hassle-free.
A big benefit to the Konica Minolta Fax 1600 is its compact size. The designers have done an excellent job squeezing everything in, and few comparable models are quite this small. So it is an excellent choice for the small business struggling to find space. Another advantage is that few multifunction printers at this price level provide the quality of scan and copy that this unit does. Of course, the 600 x 600 dpi limits quality overall, but it has a slew of features that are surprising to find here. The control panel is intuitive and sophisticated, and you can access it via the computer.
At 16 pages per minute, the Konica Minolta Fax 1600 is a tad slow for most business environments, but most businesses could live with that in light of the price. However, the 600 x 600 dpi quality is underwhelming as well. To be fair, most modern businesses store everything in digital format, so it is not critical that they be able to produce high-quality facsimiles, and it is tough to argue with the overall cost-per-page that this machine provides. The matching Konica Minolta 1600 toner cartridges that this machine requires are available on Cartridge Save at a discount, which will help reduce your running costs. Nevertheless, many businesses do, and for them, this multifunction unit falls slightly short of the mark.