Konica Minolta bizhub C454 and C554 Review

Good: Strong paper capacity, increased speed on optional document feeders, control panel with touchscreen interface
Bad: Document feeders are only optional.
Bottom Line: Upgrades to powerful large workgroup/departmental MFPs.
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bizhub C454/C554
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45ppm-55ppm
45ppm-55ppm
1.2GHz
2GB

Product Overview

The Konica Minolta bizhub C454 and C554 succeeds the older C452 and C552. These newer 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 new to this family is an increased scanning speed on their optional document feeders – the single-pass dual-scan document feeder scans up to 160ppm duplex.  The C454 has a speed of 45ppm in both black and color and has 5.5 seconds (color) first copy time. The C554 runs at 55ppm in both modes and 4.6 seconds of first copy time in color. Both machines offer standard printing, copying, scanning and optional faxing.

Note that Konica Minolta offers PostScript and advanced scanning features in the base price when comparing to some rivals who make you pay for them as optional updates.

The controller uses a 1.2GHz processor and comes with 2GB of memory and a 250GB hard disk drive. PostScript and PCL printing support are standard, along with XPS printing.

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 large department or a production market.

Features

Paper handling:

  • Dual 500-sheet paper cassettes and 150-sheet bypass standard
  • Optional single 500-sheet tray
  • Optional two additional 500-sheet trays
  • Optional 2,500-sheet paper feed cabinet
  • Optional 2,500-sheet large-capacity tray or 3,000-sheet large-capacity tray
  • Maximum paper capacity is 6,650 sheets
  • Optional 100-sheet reversing document feeder that scans up to 80 sheets per minute
  • Optional single-pass dual-scan document feeder
  • Standard 250-sheet output tray
  • Internal finisher that features 50-sheet multiposition stapling and holds 300 pages. A 2/3-hole punch unit can be added.
  • External finisher 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 a 2/3-hole punch unit.
  • Booklet maker with saddlestitching can be added to external finisher. It can staple up to 80 pages and support tri-folding.

MFP functions:

  • PCL, PostScript, and XPS supported
  • USB and Ethernet connectivity standard
  • LDAP supported
  • Scan-to-email, to-user boxes, to-FTP, and to-desktop
  • File formats includes encrypted PDF and compact PDF. Users can also direct scanned pages to multiple destinations, and these systems are compatible with WebDAV (distributed authoring and versioning, which allows you to manage archives across the network and keep track of document updating).
  • Optional faxing includes a 33.6kbps modem and JBIG compression, and also supports PC faxing and IP address faxing.
  • User box document storage that allows users to store up to 3,000 documents or 3,000 pages

Security features:

  • Hard disk encryption
  • Job encryption
  • Watermarking
  • IP filtering
  • Secure print
  • Secure fax
  • Optional copy guard and password protection

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

Shortcomings

The two document feeders are only available as options. However, Konica Minolta has released the upgraded bizhub C454e and C554e that includes the document feeders as standard features.

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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