Konica Minolta bizhub C658 Series Review

Good: bizhub MarketPlace Chameleon app, wide range of paper-handling features, optional Fiery controller.
Bad: Not intended for small offices.
Bottom Line: New generation of mid-volume color MFPs with upgraded features, such as the 10.1" touchscreen interface.
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Konica Minolta
bizhub C658
$26,102-$32,572
Medium, Large
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45ppm-65ppm
45ppm-65ppm
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4GB

Product Overview

Konica Minolta has recently released three new color MFPs that replace the older bizhub C454e, C554e and C654e devices. These devices include newer features, such as a 10.1″ touchscreen interface with a swiping functionality found on tablets and mobile functionality. Another new feature is an upgraded bizhub MarketPlace where users can download apps, such as the new Chameleon app (for customizing the control panel within the device).

The bizhub C658 devices all offer standard printing, copying, scanning and optional faxing. The three devices are:

  • The bizhub C458 ($26,102), which prints and copies at 45ppm in black and color
  • The bizhub C558 ($31,622), which prints and copies at 55ppm in black and color, and
  • The bizhub C658 ($32,572), which prints and copies at 65ppm in black and color.

Each device has fast first copy out time in color: 5.1 seconds for the C458, 3.5 seconds for the C558 and 4 seconds for the C658.

All devices include 4GB of memory and standard 250GB hard drive.

PostScript and PCL printing support are standard. USB and Ethernet are standard, but wireless connectivity is optional. Mobile printing (via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and NFC) is standard.

More details are in our Features section below.

The bizhub C658 series are intended for the medium and large organizations with mid-volume printing needs. Konica Minolta continues to upgrade each generation of devices with newer features and these devices are no exception.

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. There’s an additional large-capacity tray that maxes out at 2,500 sheets. The maximum paper capacity is 6,650 sheets.

There is a standard dual-scan document feeder (scans both sides of a page in a single pass). The dual-scan feeder scans up to 240ipm and has a 300-sheet capacity. 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 another stapling finisher, however, it staples up to 100 sheets and has a capacity of 3,200 sheets. There’s also an optional booklet finisher with a 100-sheet stapling capacity and 20-booklet saddlestitching.

There’s also a 30-sheet tri-fold option, as well as a job separator and a postprocess inserter.

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 2GB of memory and a 160GB 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: The C658 Series includes 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

These devices are not intended for smaller offices – those businesses can look at our other Konica Minolta reviews, such as the bizhub C258 or the bizhub C227/C287.

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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Top quality

on 2020-10-17 08:36:52

This machine is practically unstoppable. print/scan non stop for 12 hours a day. serves well an office of 100 employees. a lot of added features to ease you work.
The quality is excellent.



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on 2018-02-14 00:43:12

Good quality and durable machine



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