For over 100 years, Konica Minolta has been producing top quality technology from cameras to mobile phones. It was not until recently that they turned their eyes on the high volume printers for the modern business. They base all of their designs on a motto: "360 degree styling." What this means to Konica Minolta is that their Bizhub C550 printer looks good from every angle, including down the list of features. This Bizhub C550 was built from the bottom up as a powerful, multi-purpose machine.
As silly as it may sound to say about a printer whose main purpose is to make copies, this is a smart looking piece of technology. Slide out drawers along the bottom provide access to the 6,650 sheet paper tray, the Konica Minolta C550 toner replacement tray, and the other internals. The output trays on the side can be folded up to sit flush with the main compartment. There is a full touch screen with dozens of navigational buttons and a full keypad. Installed on the base model is also a biometric authentication program, or fingerprint access. Add-ons may include a 500+ stapler, a sorter, a binder, and a hole puncher.
The specs of the Bizhub C550 are what makes it stand out. It can print colour documents at just over 45 pages per minute and black and white documents at just over 55 pages per minute. This is not the absolute fastest speed, but it puts it neck and neck with some of the other high volume printers in this price range. It can also scan up to 70 pages per minute and then simultaneously transmit them to everything from local desktops to thousands of email addresses. With the G3 fax option, over 2,000 contacts may be stored and transmitted data with just a few clicks and a few seconds.
The price of this printer is the obvious disadvantage. This was made exclusively for medium to large offices that are going to require thousands of precision prints and faxes. The improved quality of prints also means that the Konica Minolta C550 toner cartridges may be used up quicker than average. The base model is also limited to only a handful of the features, so hardware add ons may be necessary to gain access to all the options that a company may need.