BLI Honors Konica Minolta with Two Pick of the Year Awards

Leading Independent Office-Equipment Testing Lab Recognizes bizhub C353 and magicolor 8650DN as Best-in-Class Products for their Respective Segmentsb

Leading Independent Office-Equipment Testing Lab Recognizes bizhub C353 and
magicolor 8650DN as Best-in-Class Products for their Respective Segments

Ramsey, N.J. - August 4, 2008 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), a leading source for the unbiased and reliable intelligence for the imaging industry, has awarded Konica Minolta's bizhub C353 and magicolor 8650DN with Spring 2008 "Pick of the Year Awards" in their respective segments.  After BLI's rigorous lab-based evaluations, which assess a wide range of products' performance areas including reliability, productivity, and security, BLI has acknowledged the bizhubTM C353 and magicolor® 8650DN as leading products at the forefront of the industry.

"The bizhub C353 and magicolor 8650DN from Konica Minolta proved to be highly reliable performers in BLI's testing," said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman.  "That, along with their very good ease of use and above average feature sets, all at a lower than average price, make it easy to see why the bizhub C353 and magicolor 8650DN were two of this spring's best."

bizhub C353 Delivers Great Color at Great Price
A multifunctional product (MFP - print, copy, fax, and scan all in one system) that features 35 page-per-minute, color and black-and-white output, the bizhub C353 proved to be a strong performer in BLI's exhaustive lab-based evaluation within Segment 3.  The evaluation assessed a wide range of performance areas that included reliability, productivity, image quality, ease of use, IT-related characteristics and security.  The bizhub C353 stood up to all of these challenges and notably, it was named the "Outstanding Segment 3 Business Color MFP".

The bizhub C353 is a high-speed MFP that puts power at the hub of any business, featuring 35-page-per-minute speed in color and B&W providing fast output to stay ahead of rising document traffic - with up to 70 opm scanning, simultaneous bizhub send functions.  Simitri® HD Color Polymerized Toner provides superb image quality with razor-sharp text and fine-line detail.  The built-in Emperon® Print System enables seamless print/scan integration and award-winning security features; and offers the recently announced i-Option® kits offering web browser convenience, image panel display and Enhanced PDF Encryption.  Additionally, BLI acknowledged the bizhub C353 is an outstanding value for small- to mid-size workgroups.

"Continuing the momentum of our three Fall 2007 awards, we are honored that BLI recognized a fourth product offering in our next-generation series of color office systems - the bizhub C353 - for its Spring 2008 'Picks,'" said Kevin Kern, vice president, marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "With advanced network features and high-quality output capabilities, the bizhub C353 provides a powerful combination of speed, reliability, security and reduced cost of ownership in a compact footprint."
magicolor 8650DN Recognized for Outstanding Performance
Because of its strong overall performance, BLI awarded the magicolor 8650DN its "Pick" recognition for "Outstanding Large Workgroup Color Printer."  BLI heralded its affordability, noting that the color laser printer offers excellent ease of use with its graphical print drivers and its Status Monitor utility, which keeps users informed of supplies status and error conditions.  The magicolor 8650DN prints 35 pages per minute in color and black and white, and its 5-bits/pixel contone technology delivers 19,200 x 600 dpi-class quality with 256 smooth gradations.

With the magicolor 8650DN, advanced image processing and edge enhancement mode ensure fine lines and small-point text are sharp, clear, and complete.  The printer's enhanced Automatic Density Control (eAIDC) means color reproduction stability from first print to last. The magicolor 8650DN, compatible with Windows 2000, XP, XP x64, Server 2003 and Vista, and Mac OS X c10.2+. supports media from postcard to 12.25" x 47.24", including 12" x 18" for full-bleed tabloid proofs complete with cropmarks. 

"We are proud that BLI has recognized the magicolor 8650DN, validating our initiative to provide customer-driven products that are innovative, easy to use and able to excel even in the most demanding print environments," added Kern. "The magicolor 8650DN is an excellent choice for large workgroups, providing superior performance and superior image quality."

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop.  In 2008, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys.  For more information, please visit www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us

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Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
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