Konica Minolta bizhub 650i Series Review

Good: 10.1" color customizable touchscreen, bizhub SECURE service, flexible paper handling.
Bad: Not intended for small offices.
Bottom Line: Three black-and-white MFPs from the Konica Minolta bizhub i-Series that include Internet of Things technology as a workflow hub.
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Konica Minolta
bizhub 650i Series
$13,397.85-$30,698.75
Medium, Large
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45 ppm-65 ppm
Not applicable
Quad-core CPU
8 GB

Product Overview

Konica Minolta’s i-Series line of devices use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to streamline workflows and foster collaboration in a mobile workforce. The devices serve as a smart technology hub that combines all workflows into one place.

The i-Series boasts a 10.1″ customizable touchscreen panel with an interface that works like a mobile device. Users can customize the interface with apps from Konica Minolta Marketplace. The devices also integrate with Workplace Hub, an all-in-one IT solution.

The i-Series line also includes upgraded security features that are compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other security standards. With the bizhub SECURE service, Konica Minolta tailors security settings and features to a company’s unique needs, such as a Solid State Drive (SSD) encryption and locked passwords.

The bizhub 650i series joins the bizhub 360i series in the A3 (11″ x 17″) black-and-white MFP lineup. They consist of three devices that offer standard printing, copying, scanning and optional faxing. The flagship product, the 650i ($30,698.75) prints and copies at up to 65 ppm. It has a first-copy-time of 2.8 seconds and a maximum monthly print volume of 200,000 pages. The other two models are the bizhub 450i ($13,397.85) and bizhub 550i ($23,863.99), which print and copy at up to 45 ppm and 55 ppm, respectively.

All three devices include a quad-core CPU processor, 8 GB of memory and 256 GB SSD. PostScript and PCL printing languages are supported. USB and Ethernet are standard, while wireless connectivity is optional. Mobile printing is supported for free via the Konica Minolta Mobile Print app as well as AirPrint, Mopria and Google Cloud Print, but the Google Cloud Print app needs to be downloaded via the Konica Minolta Marketplace.

More details are in our Features section below.

Konica Minolta continues to bring innovative features that help the workplace collaborate better and improve productivity. The bizhub 650i series brings robust features, such as fast engine speed, flexible paper-handling and a customizable touchscreen interface.

Features

Paper handling: Paper handling starts with two 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 a standard 300-sheet dual-scan document feeder (scans both sides of a page in a single pass). The dual-scan feeder scans up to 280 ipm. It also comes standard with a multi-feed mechanism that detects whenever more than one sheet goes through the document feeder. It then stops the unit and gives panel guidance to fix the issue. The maximum paper size is 11″ x 17″ and duplexing is standard.

There’s a standard 250-sheet output tray. There are also a few finishing options. First, there’s a 50-sheet multiposition staple finisher with an optional 2/3-hole punch. There’s a 20-sheet booklet finisher option. There’s a second finisher with 100-sheet multiposition stapling. It also has an optional 20-sheet booklet finisher. The manual stapler is built into the floor finishers. Additional finishing options include a Z-fold unit, a job separator and an post inserter.

MFP functions: There’s a user box that allows users to store scanned documents on the SSD. Users can create up to 1,000 user boxes that hold up to 3,000 documents total. The scanning function supports scan to email, USB, user box, FTP, SMB, URL 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: Standard security features include user authentication, IP filtering, SSD data encryption and secure print, to name a few. Konica Minolta offers optional copy protection features as well as Bitdefender anti-virus solution.

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

Shortcomings

These devices are not intended for smaller offices – those businesses can look at our other Konica Minolta reviews, such as the bizhub 360i Series.

About

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for thirteen consecutive years, and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America’s Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for eight consecutive years has spent three years on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society.

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