Konica Minolta bizhub C308 and C368 Review

Good: Upgraded touchscreen workflow, flexible paper handling, optional Fiery controller.
Bad: Document feeder is only optional.
Bottom Line: The bizhub C308 and C368 are good buys for a medium-sized office that needs color, multifunctionality and flexible paper handling.
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Product Overview

The bizhub C308 and C368 joins the bizhub C258 in Konica Minolta’s already-strong color MFP lineup.

Both MFPs include printing, copying and scanning as standard features, with optional faxing. The bizhub C308 copies and prints at 30ppm in both black and color, while the bizhub C368 has an engine speed of 36ppm. The C308 has a first-copy-time (in color) of 7.3 seconds and a 100,000-page monthly duty cycle. The C368 has a first-copy-time of 6.9 seconds and a monthly duty cycle of 125,000 pages.

They 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.

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 its touchscreen interface. The bizhub C308 and C368 are good buys for a medium-sized office that needs color, multifunctionality and flexible paper handling.

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), and a 3,000-sheet large-capacity tray. The maximum paper capacity is 6,650 sheets.

There are two optional document feeders that both have 100-sheet capacities. One is a reversing document feeder, and the other is a dual-scan document feeder (scans both sides of a page in a single pass). The dual-scan feeder scans up to 160ipm. The maximum paper size is 11″ x 17″. 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 inner staple finisher with an optional 2/3-hole punch. Second, there’s another finisher with 50-sheet multiposition stapling; however, it has a capacity of 3,300 sheets. Third, 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 that 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.

There’s also an optional Fiery IC-416 image controller. It has a 2.9 GHz processor, 2GB of memory, and a 160 GB hard disk drive. Adobe PostScript, excellent workflow tools and color management tools are among its standard features. It also has other features that can add to productivity, like color profiles, hot folders and defined workflows. You can build on these features with imposition software and professional color-control software.

Security features: The C308 and C368 include many security features, both standard and optional. Some of the features include hard disk encryption, optional hard disk mirroring, 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 other devices in this market.

Companies that require a standard document feeder can check out our reviews on the Ricoh MP C2503  or Toshiba e-STUDIO2551c.

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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