Konica Minolta bizhub C654 and bizhub C754 – Editor’s Choice Award Review

Konica Minolta bizhub C654

60ppm color

65ppm black & white

Konica Minolta bizhub C754

60ppm color

75ppm black & white

 

Sum-up: Rugged high-speed MFPs with Konica Minolta’s newest touch screen interface.

 

The new Konica Minolta bizhub C654 ($32,828) and bizhub C754 ($38,467) features Konica Minolta’s new INFO-Palette touch screen interface. This 9″ color touch screen has what Konica Minolta called a “touch and swipe” interface, much like you’d operate a mobile device, as well as customized icons for functions you use more frequently. An external keyboard is available as an option.

Both machines has standard copying, printing, and scanning (and optional faxing) and a 60ppm color speed. Black-and-white speed is 65ppm and 75ppm for the bizhub C654 and bizhub C754, respectively. The controller uses a 1.2GHz processor and comes with 2GB of memory and a 250GB hard disk drive. PostScript and PCL printing support are standard, along with XPS printing. Warm-up time is 22 seconds, which puts these machines among the fastest in the industry. First-page-out time in color is an impressive 5.3 seconds.

These models feature optional card and biometric authentication devices. Konica Minolta has upgraded its optional biometric recognition software (using finger vein patterns), unique in the industry. Users that have high security requirements can use either authentication system to control print, fax, and copy access using Konica Minolta software. Other extensive security features include secure print, HDD Lock, job erase, and an optional copy guard module.

Paper handling: This is a strong point. The machines have dual 500-sheet paper cassettes, a 1,000-sheet paper cassette, and a 1,500-sheet cassette — all standard. All the standard paper drawers are heavy-duty. The 500-sheet cassettes can handle 12″ x 18″ paper, the others 11″ x 17″; all handle up to 140lb. index in weight. There’s also a 150-sheet bypass.

That adds up to 3,650 sheets of standard input. You also can add a 3,000-sheet stacker which handles letter-size input only, with a list price of $1,780. Alternatively, you can add a 2,500-sheet unit which holds up to 12″ x 18″ paper. The maximum input (using the 3,000-sheet unit) is 6,650 sheets. These models come with a standard 150-sheet dual-scanning document feeder with a duplex scanning speed of 180ppm.

On the output side, there is a simple 250-sheet exit tray ($112). The basic finisher holds 3,000 sheets in its main tray and 200 sheets in a proof tray. It features 50-sheet multiposition stapling and has a list price of $1,885. Adding a booklet maker ($1,450) with saddlestitching allows you to create booklets from up to 80 pages. An optional 2/3-hole punch ($586) is available as well.

There is also a finisher with 100-sheet multiposition stapling. This unit ($3,020) holds 100 sheets in the upper tray and 3,000 sheets in the main tray. You can add a booklet maker with saddlestitching for $1,670. This unit can fold and stitch up to 20 sheets (booklets up to 80 pages). There is a 2/3-hole punch for $863.

A postprocess inserter ($1,113) is also an option, which allows you to insert preprinted covers and separators into a job. This two-tray inserter holds up to 200 sheets in each tray. Those models also offer a Z-folding unit for $5,509.

Functions: These MFPs support scan-once/print-many copying and full electronic collation. They also come standard with scanning to email, FTP, and SMB. There is also a Scan-to-PowerPoint functionality for scanning hard copies to PowerPoint files. LDAP is supported. Internet faxing is standard. Optional faxing ($1,070) includes a 33.6kbps modem and JBIG compression, and also supports PC faxing and IP address faxing.

Scanning allows you to produce files in a variety of formats, including encrypted PDF and compact PDF. You can also direct scanned pages to multiple destinations, and these systems are compatible with WebDAV (distributed authoring and versioning, which allows you to manage archives across the network and keep track of document updating). For PCs with Windows 7, there is also the Distributed Scan feature for sending scanned documents directly to a Scan Server.

An optional Fiery IC-412 image controller includes Adobe PostScript, excellent workflow tools and color management tools. It adds features like color profiles, hot folders, and defined workflows that enhance productivity.

Also new for Konica Minolta is its new bizhub MarketPlace, a place for downloadable apps. It includes features as scanning files to Gmail, Google Docs, and SharePoint. Konica Minolta PageScope Mobile App allows for printing from and scanning to smartphones.

Conclusion: Konica Minolta has made a big impression in the professional color market with rugged production models. The bizhub C654 and bizhub C754 are aimed at various industries, especially large medical offices that need to scan paper copies in order to prepare for adoption of electronic medical records. They are also good for large workgroup and departments with high-speed copying and printing needs. Its strong multifunctionality, extensive security features and paper-handling capacity, and its new INFO-Palette touch screen adds up to an Editor’s Choice Award for both machines.

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