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Konica Minolta SA completes next generation colour bizhub line-up

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Following the introduction of the C451, C550 and C650 InfoLine products late last year, Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) has completed its next generation colour bizhub product line-up. As with the bizhub C550, C451 and C650, the new lower-speed models, the C203, C253 and C353, also feature the attractive black and white InfoLine design and the new bizhubOP with Emperon 5.1 and OpenAPI 2.0.

The latest bizhub models target the lower end of the market and are the ideal multifunctional devices for combined monochrome and colour printing needs in both office and full-colour environments. A key feature is the new black and white mode, which enables printing and copying in black and white even if the colour consumables are depleted.
All three multifunctional machines have an excellent cost to performance ratio – the highly competitive mono CPP (cost per page) and the attractive colour CPP are considerably lower than that of their predecessors.
"Significant development efforts have gone into the new product series," explains KMSA digital colour product manager, Marianna Gdanis. "As a result, the three new bizhubs offer higher performance and productivity, enabled by faster hardware. The enhanced print and scan quality is due to new image processing and next generation Simitri toner. Longer lifetimes and higher reliability are ensured because of the new consumables and the new technically advanced fusing unit. In addition, simplified option installation and the enhanced finishers mean that setting up is faster and easier."
The 20 pages per minute bizhub C203 allows KMSA to offer customers the quality and low running costs of the higher-end bizhub products, with a lower speed and monthly print volume requirement. The standard duplex unit enables double-sided printing and copying and when adding the optional document feeder, the bizhub C203 will scan full-colour A4 documents at 70 originals per minute.
The faster bizhub C253 offers 25 pages per minute in both full-colour and black and white. The same flexible upgrade options are available through the product range. Should customers require stapling, hole-punching or booklet finishers, these are easily added. The Emperon print controller offers PCL and PostScript as standard, as well as the latest 10/100/1000 Base T Ethernet. To enhance overall productivity, just add the fax option. The bizhub C353 produces 35 pages per minute in colour and black and white – ideal for the busier environment that needs higher volume and faster output.
The new colour bizhub products offer various paper feeding options, which allow for up to 256gsm media to be fed from all trays. Should customers require additional colour management or control, the bizhub C253 and C353 can be equipped with the optional Fiery print controller. In addition to the standard 1 024MB of RAM and 60GB HDD, the Fiery adds 512MB of RAM and 80GB HDD.