Konica Minolta Business Solutions Introduces Its Next-Generation Fax Systems

The FAX2900 and 3900 Deliver Faster Fax/Copy/Print Speeds and Color Scanning Capabilities.


The FAX2900 and 3900 Deliver Faster Fax/Copy/Print Speeds and Color Scanning Capabilities

RAMSEY, N.J. - December 1, 2004 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today introduced its latest fax-based multifunctional devices - the Konica Minolta FAX2900 and 3900.  Designed for speed, cost-efficiency and productivity, the 2900 and 3900 feature 16 page-per-minute (ppm) laser engines developed for environments that require low-to-mid and mid-to-high range capabilities such as small to mid-size businesses as well as workgroups within larger businesses.

Replacing the Minolta FAX 1600e, 2800, 3800 and the Konica 9765, 9880 and 9980, the FAX2900 and 3900 offer users the option to acquire dedicated fax products at an affordable price. Furthermore, the FAX2900 and 3900 are fax-based MFPs that offer robust and diverse multifunctional capabilities, allowing users to also meet copy, print and scan needs. 

Standard features for the FAX2900 and 3900 include a USB1.1 interface, operating system compatibility with Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP, and 16MB standard memory - allowing for storage of up to 350 fax pages.  The 3900 is upgradeable to 48MB, which is equivalent to 1,024 fax pages.  Fax transmissions take as little as 3 seconds per page with the Super G3 Fax 33.6Kbps modem, and scanning takes only 2.5 seconds.  Standard GDI printing allows for 16ppm and up to 600 dpi for high-resolution quality that makes text more legible, and fine details and hand notations more crisp and clear.

As a copier, each of these systems deliver output of up to 99 copies, with sorting capability, and a zoom ratio of 50 percent to 200 percent in 1 percent increments.  2-in-1 copying is available with the 3900.  Added features that yield high-quality output include:  Micro-toning for superior image quality, Text Mode for more legible text, and Photo Mode, which allows for smooth halftone reproduction. 

Additional fax functions include:  100 Auto Dialing locations for the 2900 (200 for the 3900), 32 One-Touch Dialing locations for the 2900 (64 for the 3900) and 142 Broadcast locations for the 2900 (274 for the 3900).  Both offer F-Code support and Timer Transmission.  Advanced paper handling features for these devices include:  a 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder, 100-sheet output tray, 250-sheet paper cassette, and an optional 500-sheet second paper cassette unit.  The 2900 and 3900 also offer Auto Tray Switching capabilities.

Both models provide standard TWAIN scanning in black & white and color at 150 dpi x 150 dpi or 300 x 300 dpi, and 600 x 600 dpi in black & white scanning only.  TWAIN technology allows scanning directly to a PC, and when color scanning, users can scan colored text documents or documents that contain photos or illustrations and retain the integrity of the original. 

In addition, the FAX3900 offers standard network scanning/Internet faxing for simple conversion of paper documents to electronic files for archiving and distribution. Scan-to-Email and Scan-to-FTP technologies let users store, share, edit and distribute scanned data in TIFF or PDF format. Internet faxing allows fax transmissions over the Internet instead of traditional telephone lines, thereby eliminating phone costs. With the optional PageScope Cabinet Pro document management application, 3900 users can also easily organize scanned paper documents and electronic files providing workgroups and small businesses with a simple way to save, manage and find electronic files and images.  PageScope Cabinet Pro enables hard copy documents to be scanned directly to a users PC for organizing, filing, performing OCR, enhancing image quality, converting file formats, combining images and electronic files into a PDF, and outputting.

"These models were designed to meet the needs of both customers that still require fax as a primary function, and those that are not quite ready to make the transition to a printer/copier-based MFP," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "The 2900 and 3900 provide a host of substantial upgrades in functionality and productivity at competitive pricing.  The many new features, including color scanning and ultra-fast transmission at 3 seconds per page, demonstrate our efforts to take our faxing technology, like all of our technologies, to the next level of excellence."

Highlighted FAX2900 and 3900 Features

  • Scan and print speeds of 16ppm at 300 x 300 dpi  
  • Standard USB1.1 interface  
  • Super G3 Fax 33.6Kbps modem for fast fax transmission speeds at 4 seconds per page for the 2900, and 3 seconds per page for the 3900  
  • Transmission Resolution up to 200 x 400 dpi  
  • TWAIN scanning in black & white and color, available at 150 dpi x 150 dpi or 300 x 300 dpi, and 600 x 600 dpi in black & white only  
  • 16MB standard memory (the 3900 is upgradeable to 48MB)  
  • Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP operating systems compatibility  
  • Copy output up to 99 copies, with sorting capability (the 3900 also offers 2-in-1 copying)  
  • 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder, 100-sheet output tray, 250-sheet paper cassette, and optional 500-sheet second paper cassette unit  
  • Footer, Phone Book and a multitude of reports to provide users with valuable system data

Pricing and Availability
Affordable competitive options, the FAX2900 and FAX3900 are available through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels.  The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the FAX2900 is $1,499, and $1,899 for the FAX3900.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., offers a broad range of multifunctional digital imaging solutions inspired by its bizhub™ brand of powerful solutions that serve as the central resource for document scanning, in-house printing, copying, faxing and electronic archiving and distribution.  From high-quality color and monochrome bizhub systems for workgroups and small offices, to advanced high-volume bizhub PRO™ production printing systems for large corporations and print-for-pay services, Konica Minolta is leading the industry toward integrated, networked hardware/software solutions that are more simple, reliable, and cost-effective.  Complementing its bizhub solutions, Konica Minolta also offers desktop laser printers, microform digital imaging systems, wide-format printers and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and experienced, responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.  For more information, please visit Konica Minolta at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us


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