Choosing the Best Konica-Minolta Copier for You!
Today’s digital multifunction office systems have more in common with computers than they do with previous generations of analog, standalone copier machines. With large amounts of memory (RAM), capacious hard drives, and app technology, MFPs are hugely capable. But turning aside from what MFPs can do, it’s important to think about what your organization needs it do to. Use the following criteria to narrow down your choice of Konica-Minolta multifunction office systems:
- Print speed: Print and copy output is measured in pages per minute (ppm). Konica Minolta office systems range in print speed from 21 ppm all the way up to 75 ppm. Small to mid-sized businesses should find 30 to 50 ppm adequate, while mid to large offices may need a machine in the 50 to 70 ppm range.
- Monthly duty cycle: MFP duty cycle refers to how many pages per month the device can output. It’s recommended that you choose a machine that exceeds your current monthly output volume by 15 to 20 percent (to allow for overage and growth). Bear in mind that “output” includes copying, printing, and faxing. Konica Minolta MFPs have duty cycles from 15,000 pages/month to 300,000 pages/month.
- Paper capacity: In order to keep workflow uninterrupted, choose an MFP with sufficient paper capacity, which ranges on bizhub machines from 1,350 sheets to 6,650 sheets.
- Finishing: Get professional document finishing with options that include duplex printing, stapling, folding, hole-punching, and booklet making.
- Other features: Basic MFP capabilities are easy enough to sort out; it’s all the “other stuff” that can be overwhelming to non-techies. Here are some of the major MFP features to consider:
- Automatic document feeder (ADF; useful for multipage document copying) and recirculating automatic document feeder (RADF; simplifies double-sided copying).
- Scan functions: Network scanning allows users to perform scan to email, scan to PC, scan to SMB or FTP, and other “scan to” network functions. Dual scanning—or double-sided scanning—is another productivity-boosting option.
- Fax functions: Konica-Minolta MFP fax functions include PC fax, Super G3 fax (high speed fax), Internet fax, and color Internet fax (Internet fax doesn’t require a dedicated phone line).
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Konica-Minolta Copier Costs
The actual cost of Konica-Minolta MFPs depends on selected features (in addition to baseline models, most bizhub machines can be upgraded with options such as increased paper capacity, more RAM, a larger hard drive, and document finishing). The following prices are general estimates only. Konica-Minolta Black & White MFCs
- A Konica-Minolta 21-36 ppm MFC costs about $3,000 to $11,000
- A Konica-Minolta 42-55 ppm MFC costs about $5,000 to $21,000
- A Konica-Minolta 65-75 ppm MFC costs about $30,000 to $35,000
Konica-Minolta Color MFCs
- A Konica-Minolta Color 22-31 ppm MFC costs $4,000 to $12,000
- A Konica-Minolta Color 36-45 ppm MFC costs $15,000 to $25,000
- A Konica-Minolta Color 55-75 ppm MFC costs $30,000 to $40,000