Konica Minolta bizhub C364e Series Review

Good: Scalable options, extensive security features, variety of paper-handling options, and optional Fiery controller
Bad: Document feeders only avaiable as options, no wireless connectivity.
Bottom Line: Konica Minolta continues to improve its already strong color MFP line with frequent upgrades, especially utilizing its INFO-Palette design
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Konica Minolta
bizhub C224e-C364e
$9,980-$15,540
Small, Medium
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22ppm-36ppm
22ppm-36ppm
800MHz
2GB

Product Overview

The new Konica Minolta bizhub C224e, C284e, and C364e succeed the older-generation bizhub C364 series. Employing the same speed, these models include upgraded features, including enhancements to Konica Minolta’s INFO-Palette Design control panel. Such upgrades include the use of drag-and-drop and tap-and-toggle functionality, as well as access to the bizhub MarketPlace downloadable apps.

This family consists of three members:

  • The bizhub C224e prints and copies at 22ppm. It has a list price of $9,980 and a maximum monthly duty cycle of 80,000 pages per month.
  • The C284e runs at 28ppm and has a list price of $11,700. Konica Minolta rates it for a maximum monthly duty cycle of 100,000 pages.
  • The C364e runs at 36ppm and has a list price of $15,440. 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. All models come with an 800MHz processor, 2GB of memory, and a 250GB hard disk drive. PostScript and PCL printing support are standard. USB and Ethernet are supported.

An optional Fiery IC-412 image controller is also available for the C284e and C364e 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.

Konica Minolta continues to improve its already strong color copier/MFP line with frequent upgrades, especially utilizing its 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 cassettes and 150-sheet bypass unit
  • 500-sheet cassettes support 11″ x 17″ paper
  • 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: 3,650 sheets
  • Optional 100-sheet reversing document feeder (RADF) ($1,631) that scans up to 80 sheet per minute
  • Optional single-pass dual-scan document feeder ($1,802)
  • Standard 250-sheet output tray
  • Optional internal finisher that features 50-sheet multiposition stapling ($1,553). It holds 300 pages. You can add a 2/3-hole punch unit.
  • Optional external finisher ($1,855) that also performs 50-sheet multiposition stapling and has a 200-sheet upper tray and a 3,000-sheet main tray. To that basic finishing unit, you can add a 2/3-hole punch unit.
  • Optional booklet maker with saddlestitching ($1,450) that can be added to external finisher. It can staple up to 80 pages and supports tri-folding.

Other MFP functions:

  • Scan-to-email, scan-to-user-box, USB drive,  and FTP
  • Scanning files include encrypted PDF and compact PDF
  • User box document storage that allows up to 3,000 documents (10,000 pages)
  • Optional faxing supported by 33.6kbps with JBIG compression

Security features:

  • Hard disk encryption
  • Job encryption
  • Watermarks
  • IP filtering
  • Secure print
  • Secure fax
  • First of Konica Minolta’s devices to comply with the IEEE 2600.1 international standard

 

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

Shortcomings

The bizhub C364e series does not have wireless connectivity, even as an option. Also, compared to other devices, automatic document feeders are only available as an option.

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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on 2016-05-13 22:48:16

there is few bad points in C224e.
mainly Picture quality is not good on thick paper because Gloss mode is not activate on think 1 to 4.
and costing effect also big cause.



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on 2015-08-03 13:23:05

Product is good but service is very poor......
If problem persit no enginer are avialable ...
At time of selling very attantive and after sale if problem perisites no service avialable



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