Konica Minolta bizhub 308 and 368 Review

Good: A choice of two optional large-capacity paper trays, upgraded Konica Minolta bizhub MarketPlace, strong security features.
Bad: Document feeders and wireless connectivity are only optional features.
Bottom Line: Two monochrome MFPs with strong paper-handling and other features for the small and medium organizations.
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Konica Minolta
bizhub 308/368
$8,265-$10,059
Small, Medium
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Memory:
30ppm-36ppm
Not applicable
Unknown
4GB

Product Overview

The bizhub 308 and 368 devices are the latest entries to Konica Minolta’s black-and-white MFP lineup. They replace the older bizhub 284e and 364e and includes upgrades, such as a 9″ control panel, mobile functionality, bizhub MarketPlace Chameleon app (for customizing the control panel within the device) and an optional large capacity paper unit.

Both the 308 and 368 offer standard printing, copying and scanning with optional faxing. The 308 ($8,265) has a print/copy speed of 30ppm, while the 368 ($10,059) runs at 36ppm. The 308 and 368 also has maximum monthly duty cycle of 150,000 and 175,000 pages, respectively.

The models feature Konica Minolta’s INFO-Palette Design control panel, which consists of a 9″ color screen that has a touch-and-swipe functionality commonly found on mobile devices. You can customize commonly used workflows right on the screen. The interface includes a new area for mobile connectivity, as well as an optional voice guidance system for hearing screen instructions. And a web browser is included as a standard feature, providing support for a wide variety of apps.

Both devices use 4GB of memory and a 250GB hard disk drive. PostScript and PCL printing support are standard. USB and Ethernet are supported. Mobile printing (via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and NFC) is standard, however, wireless connectivity is optional.

More details are found in our Features section below.

The bizhub 308 and 368 are targeted at small-to-medium-sized organizations that require printing, copying and scanning needs but doesn’t need color printing.

Features

Paper handling: Paper handling starts with dual 500-sheet paper trays and a 150-sheet bypass. There are additional paper options, such as a 500-sheet tray, a dual 500-sheet tray set (letter size only), a 2,500-sheet large-capacity tray and a 3,000-sheet large-capacity tray. The maximum paper capacity is 6,650 sheets.

There’s an optional 100-sheet reversing automatic document feeder that scans up to 160ipm. Konica Minolta also offers a dual-scan document feeder with a 100-sheet capacity (this document feeder scans both sides of a page in a single pass). Duplexing is standard.

There’s a standard 250-sheet output tray. There are also a few finishing options. First, there’s a finisher with up to 50-sheet multiposition stapling and a 500-sheet capacity. Second, there is an additional finisher with 3,200-sheet maximum output and 50-sheet multiposition stapling. A 2/3-hole punch kit can be added to either finisher.

Then, there’s a booklet finisher that saddle stitches up to 20 booklets. There’s also a 30-sheet tri-fold option, as well as a job separator.

MFP functions: There’s a user box that allows users to store scanned documents on the hard drive. Users can create up to 1,000 user boxes to hold up to 3,000 documents total. The scanning function supports scan to email, USB, user box, FTP, SMB and WebDav. LDAP is also supported. Output file formats include JPEG, TIFF, PDF, compact PDF and XPS, to name a few.

The optional faxing uses a 33.6 kbps modem with JBIG compression. Color fax, IP fax and PC fax are standard.

Security features: The 308 and 368 have many security features, both standard and optional. Some of the features include hard disk encryption, job encryption, watermark, IP filtering, secure print, secure fax, optional copy guard and IPv6 authentication. Konica Minolta also offers optional ID card authentication and biotmetric authentication.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The automatic document feeder is only available as an option, not as a standard feature, unlike a few other devices in this market.

Companies that require a standard document feeder can check out our reviews on the Ricoh MP 305SPF or the Xerox WorkCentre 3335.

Wireless connectivity is also only offered as an option.

About

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is a subsidiary of Konica Minolta, Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

The company focuses on complete business solutions including production print systems, digital presses, multifunctional products, managed print services, vertical application solutions, and related services and supplies.

The U.S. headquarters is in Ramsey, NJ and includes a network of more than 125 direct sales offices in addition to over 350 authorized dealers, other resellers and distribution partners.

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