Konica Minolta bizhub C454e and C554e Review

Good: Robust security features, tablet-like control panel, excellent paper-handling features
Bad: Wireless connectivity only available as an option.
Bottom Line: These powerful and nicely featured models are well worth considering for a large department or a production market.
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Price:
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Konica Minolta
bizhub C454e/C554e
$24,410-$29,930
Large, Production
Speed Black:
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Memory:
45ppm-55ppm
45ppm-55ppm
800MHz
2GB

Product Overview

The Konica Minolta bizhub C454e and C554e is the newer generation of the bizhub C454 and C554 that was released in the fall of 2012. These models feature upgrades to Konica Minolta’s 9″ INFO-Palette Design control panel, including improved swiping functionality, as well as the tap and toggle and pinch in and pinch out functions. Also included in the upgrades are access to apps that can be downloaded from the control panel and compliance to the IEEE 2600.1 security standards.

The C454e ($24,410) has a speed of 45ppm in both black and color and has 5.5 seconds (color) first copy time. The C554e ($29,930) 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.

Konica Minolta offers an optional Fiery IC-414 embedded image controller. Specs include a 2.6GHz processor, 2GB of memory, 160GB hard drive, and supports PCL and PostScript.

Please see below in our Features section for more details on the bizhub C454e and bizhub C554e.

Konica Minolta continues to improve its already strong color copier/MFP line with new upgrades, especially to its INFO-Palette Design control panel. 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 ($913)
  • Optional two additional 500-sheet trays ($1,191)
  • Optional 2,500-sheet paper feed cabinet ($1,402)
  • Optional 2,500-sheet large-capacity tray ($3,339) or 3,000-sheet large-capacity tray ($1,780)
  • Maximum paper capacity is 6,650 sheets
  • Standard 100-sheet reversing document feeder that scans up to 80 sheets per minute
  • Standard single-pass dual-scan document feeder
  • Standard 250-sheet output tray
  • Internal finisher ($1,553) that features 50-sheet multiposition stapling and holds 300 pages. A 2/3-hole punch unit can be added for $585.
  • 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 a 2/3-hole punch unit.
  • Booklet maker with saddlestitching can be added to external finisher for $1,450. It can staple up to 80 pages and support tri-folding.
  • Optional 100-sheet stapling finisher ($3,020) on the C554e
  • Optional Z-fold unit ($5,509)

MFP functions:

  • PCL, PostScript, and XPS supported
  • USB and Ethernet connectivity standard; optional wireless
  • 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
  • Compliance with IEEE 2600.1 international standard

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

Shortcomings

Wireless connectivity is 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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Unreliable

on 2018-02-15 12:44:42

My office bought the Konica Minolta Bizhub c454e about 1 year ago. It has all the bells and whistles and apparently the best price in its class. We set it up to do fax, scanning, printing, copying, everything. Fortunately, we PURCHASED A SERVICE CONTRACT. Otherwise, we would be in deep trouble. We have called and had servicing done on this device AT LEAST 30 times since buying it. The problems range from printer connectivity issues, scanning issues, and fax issues. You can count on this device to foul up AT LEAST once per month, and spend hours with dealing with servicers (who are polite and professional) when you should be doing your job and making money! I have not tried other printers in this class, but this Cadillac of Printers is about as unreliable as a FERRARI!



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