Konica Minolta bizhub C224 Series Review

Good: Impressive security features, wide range of paper-handling options, 9" color screen with touch-and-swipe functionality
Bad: The two document feeders are only available as options.
Bottom Line: Impressive office copier-MFPs with some of the features of higher-end machines.
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Konica Minolta
bizhub C224 Series
$9,500-$14,700
Small, medium
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Memory:
22ppm-36ppm
22ppm-36ppm
800MHz-1GHz
2GB

Product Overview

The Konica Minolta bizhub C224, C284, and C364 succeeds the older C220 series. These models feature Konica Minolta’s INFO-Palette Design control panel, which consist 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. Also, there is an increased scanning speed on their optional document feeders – the single-pass dual-scan document feeder scans up to 160ppm duplex.

This family consists of three members:

  •  The bizhub C224 prints and copies at 22ppm. It has a list price of $9,500 and a maximum monthly duty cycle of 80,000 pages per month.
  •  The C284 runs at 28ppm and has a list price of $11,140. Konica Minolta rates it for a maximum monthly duty cycle of 100,000 pages.
  •  The C364 runs at 36ppm and has a list price of $14,700. Konica Minolta rates it for a maximum monthly duty cycle of 125,000 pages.

These MFPs offer standard copying, printing, and scanning, along with optional faxing. The C224 uses an 800MHz controller, while the C284 and C364 have a clock rate of 1GHz. All three models come with 2GB of memory and a 250GB hard disk drive. PostScript and PCL printing support are standard. USB and Ethernet are supported. The upgraded Emperon controller controls the copy, print, and scan functionality. The one exception is fax, which is handled by a separate controller board.

An optional Fiery IC-412 image controller ($4,500) is also available for the C284 and C364 models. This controller has a 2.6GHz processor, 2GB of memory, and a 160GB hard disk drive. It includes Adobe PostScript, excellent workflow tools and color management tools. It adds features like color profiles, hot folders, and defined workflows that can add to productivity. You can also upgrade those with EFI’s imposition software and professional color control software.

More details are found in our Features section below.

Konica Minolta continues to improve its already strong color copier/MFP line with frequent upgrades, especially utilizing its newest INFO-Palette design. These powerful and nicely featured models are well worth considering for a small-to-midsize workgroup.

Features

Paper handling:

  • Dual 500-sheet paper trays and 150-sheet bypass
  • Optional 500-sheet tray ($913)
  • Optional two additional 500-sheet trays ($1,191)
  • Optional 2,500-sheet large-capacity tray ($1,402)
  • Maximum paper capacity is 3,650 sheets
  • Optional 100-sheet reversing document feeder (RADF) that scans up to 80 sheets per minute ($1,631)
  • Optional single-pass dual-scan document feeder ($1,802)
  • Standard 250-sheet output tray
  • Internal finisher that holds 300 sheets and features 50-sheet multiposition stapling ($1,553). Users can add a 2/3-hole punch unit.
  • External finisher with a 200-sheet upper tray and a 3,000-sheet main tray and performs 50-sheet multiposition stapling ($1,855). This unit can accommodate optional 2/3-hole punch and optional booklet maker with saddlestitching ($1,450). The booklet maker can staple up to 80 pages and support tri-folding.

MFP functions:

  • User box that allows users to store scanned documents on the hard drive. Users can create up to 1,000 user boxes and hold up to 3,000 documents in total.
  • Scan-to-functions, such as to-email, to-USB, to-user box, to-FTP, to name a few
  • LDAP is supported
  • Scanning file formats, such as encrypted PDF and compact PDF
  • Optional faxing utilizes 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression

Security features:

  • Hard disk encryption
  • Job encryption
  • Watermarks
  • IP filtering
  • Secure print
  • Secure fax
  • Optional copy guard
  • IPv6 authentication

 

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

Shortcomings

Despite offering both a reversing document feeder and a single-pass duplexing feeder, they are only available as options.

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 (MFPs), managed print services, vertical application solutions and related services and supplies. The U.S. headquarters is in Ramsey, New Jersey 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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