Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

MinoltaFax 1800 Low-Volume, Plain Paper/laser Facsimile Machine

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

MinoltaFax 1800 Low-Volume, Plain Paper/laser Facsimile Machine

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Manufacturer: Minolta Corporation; Ramsey, NJ Made in Japan

Suggested retail price: $1,865, base machine; $2,030 as tested with 1.28-Mb memory ($145 for a 1-Mb upgrade).

Type: Desktop, CIS scanning, laser electrostatic imaging, monocomponent developing, heat and pressure fusing; cut-sheet plain paper; ITU-T G3 communication mode, digital signal.

Resolution: 203 x 98 lpi, standard; 203 x 196 lpi, fine; 392 x 203 lpi, superfine; 16-level halftone.

Modem speed: 14,400; 12,000; 9,600; 7,200; 4,800; 2,400 bps.

Coding system: MH, MR, MMR

Paper supply: One 150-sheet drawer, user-adjustable for letter-size (8-1/2" x 11"), legal-size (8-1/2" x 14") and A-4-size (8-1/2" x 11-3/4") paper.

Maximum printing width: 8-7/64"

Maximum scanning width: 8-13/64"

Original widths: The document feeder has adjustable side guides that move in sync to accommodate originals ranging in width from 5-13/16" to 11"

Original lengths: The document feeder can handle originals ranging in length from 4-5/16" to 39"

SPECIFICATIONS

Electrical system: 115 V, 60 Hz, AC, 5 amps. The unit tested had a three-wire cord (grounded), 6' and 1" in length, and carried UL and CSA approval.

Power consumption: Standby, 14.5 watts; reception, 350 watts; transmission, 350 watts; copying, 350 watts; power-save mode, 14.5 watts.

Energy Star compliance: Minolta states that the MinoltaFax 1800 meets the criteria for Energy Star compliance.

Dimensions (configured as tested) and weight: 16" H x 14.5" W x 23" D; weight, 24.4 lbs.

Warranty: 90 days parts and labor.

GENERAL APPRAISAL

The MinoltaFax 1800 is a low-volume laser-based machine with a small footprint that provides PC printing in its standard configuration via a serial port. A satisfactory overall performer in the tests, the unit operated without malfunctioning, and although programming the unit was not as intuitive as with most other units tested, it was otherwise easy to use. …

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