Konica Minolta bizhub C360i Series Review

Good: 10.1" color customizable touchscreen, bizhub SECURE service, flexible paper handling.
Bad: Document feeders are only optional, however, Konica Minolta offers customers flexible types of ADF to choose from.
Bottom Line: New color MFPs with innovative features that foster collaboration within a mobile office.
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Konica Minolta
bizhub C360i Series
$11,002-$15,907
Small, Medium
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25 ppm-36 ppm
25 ppm-36 ppm
Quad-core CPU
8 GB
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Product Overview

Konica Minolta’s new 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 boast 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 integrates 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 C360i series are A3 (11″ x 17″) color MFPs. They consist of three devices that offer standard printing, copying, scanning and optional faxing. The flagship product, the C360i ($15,907), prints and copies at up to 36 ppm in black and color. It has a first-copy-time of 6.1 seconds in color and a maximum monthly print volume of 175,000 pages. The other two models are the bizhub C250i ($11,002) and bizhub C300i ($11,980), which prints and copies at up to 25 ppm and 30 ppm, respectively.

All three devices include a quad-core CPU processor, 8 GB of memory and 256 GB solid state drive (SSD). PostScript and PCL printing languages are supported. USB and Ethernet are standard, while wireless connectivity is optional. Mobile printing is supported via the Konica Minolta Mobile Print app as well as AirPrint, Mopria and Google Cloud Print.

Konica Minolta will offer an optional voice-activated feature, so users can provide voice commands for scan, copy and other functions without touching the device.

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 C360i 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 are two optional document feeders that both have 100-sheet capacity. 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 160 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 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 three-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 solid state 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, 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.

There’s also an optional Fiery IC-420 image controller. It has a 2.4 GHz processor, 4 GB of memory, and a 500 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. Users can build on these features with imposition software and professional color-control software.

Security features: Standard security features include user authentication, IP filtering, print user 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

The automatic document feeders are only available as an option and not as a standard feature. However, Konica Minolta offers the flexibility of choosing the type of feeder whether it’s a RADF, dual-scan or cover.

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. It has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 12 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 seven consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society.

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