Konica Minolta bizhub 458 and 558 Review

Good: A choice of two optional large-capacity paper trays, upgraded Konica Minolta bizhub MarketPlace, strong security features.
Bad: Not intended for small businesses, wireless connectivity is only optional, no color printing or copying.
Bottom Line: New black-and-white MFPs designed for offices with medium-printing volume.
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Konica Minolta
bizhub 458/558
$12,995-$23,214
Medium, Large
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45ppm-55ppm
Not applicable
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4GB

Product Overview

The new Konica Minolta bizhub 458 and 558 replaces the older bizhub 554e Series. Like the bizhub 308 and 368, the bizhub 458 and 558 are black-and-white MFPs with standard printing, copying, scanning and optional faxing functions.

The bizhub 458 ($12,995) prints and copies at up to 45ppm. Its first copy out time is 4 seconds and its monthly duty cycle is 200,000 pages per month. The bizhub 558 ($23,214) runs at up to 55ppm and includes a first-copy-time of 3.5 seconds and a monthly duty cycle of 250,000 pages.

Both devices includes 4GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive. PCL, PostScript and XPS printing languages are supported. USB and Ethernet are standard, while Wi-Fi is optional. Mobile printing is supported via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and NFC-enabled devices.

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.

More details are found in our Features section below.

Like its other Konica Minolta counterparts, the bizhub 458 and 558 provides strong features for the offices that have medium-volume printing needs but doesn’t require color output.

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.

Both devices include a standard dual-scan document feeder with a 100-sheet capacity that scans up to 160ipm (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 an additional 100-sheet stapling finisher with a 3,200-sheet maximum output as well as a booklet finisher with 2,500-sheet output, 100-sheet stapling and 20-sheet booklet making.

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 458 and 558 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 bizhub 458 and 558 is not intended for small businesses. It also doesn’t offer color printing or copying. Companies that require this can check out our other Konica Minolta reviews, such as the bizhub C258.

Wireless connectivity is also only offered as an option.

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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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