Konica Minolta's bizhub C350 Receives High Marks in Buyers Laboratory Field Test

Full-Color Print/Copy/Scan Device Praised for Fastest Speeds in its Class for PowerPoint and Photoshop TIFF File Printing


Full-Color Print/Copy/Scan Device Praised for Fastest Speeds in its Class
 for PowerPoint and Photoshop TIFF File Printing

RAMSEY, N.J. - March 9, 2005 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that its bizhub C350 business color system received an overall "Four-Star" Field Test Rating from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), the nation's leading independent office products testing laboratory.  As tested with the IC-401 Image Controller, the device was lauded for its image quality, ease of use, productivity and efficiency, and competitive price point.

Ideally suited for medium to high-volume departmental settings - particularly for those users looking to add color to word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications - the bizhub C350delivers the convenience of a feature-rich multifunctional device while offering users the ability to capitalize on the power of color at a cost-effective price.

Recognized by BLI for its overall black and color image quality in both print and copy modes, the bizhub C350 offers a rated speed of 35 pages per minute (ppm) for monochrome output, and 22 ppm for color.  The bizhub C350 attains its color speed through the use of Tandem Color Processing technology (four-drum engine), which lays down all four colors in one pass through the transport area.  Fine Edge Enhancement Technology (FEET) boosts edge resolution for smoother text, and advanced color conversion allows for quality true to the original. 

The bizhub C350is offeredwith a standard, built-in PCL Print Controller.  For users in graphic-intense environments who are looking for increased color management capabilities, theFiery®IC-401 Image Controller is available with PCL 5c and Adobe PostScript 3 compatibility, and features a 700 MHz Intel Pentium III processor, a 10 GB hard disk drive (HDD), and 128 MB of RAM that is upgradeable to 256 MB.

BLI noted, "The unit performs especially well for first-print times in color mode, generating the fastest speeds of competitive models tested when printing PowerPoint and Photoshop TIFF files, and among the fastest speeds for Acrobat PDF files."  BLI also praised the device's document feed (2:2 mode) and job stream efficiencies in black mode as being "among the highest for the group," and found the unit's control panel offers users "tremendous flexibility" in adjusting copy and image quality.

Configured as a copier/printer with PostScript 3 printing, saddle-stitch finishing, duplexing and a reversing automatic document feeder (RADF), the bizhub C350's suggested retail price is "competitive among business color units available."  With a 150-sheet capacity, the unit offers the "highest available bypass capacity amongst competitive units, as well as a competitive rated color toner yield." It uses Simitri™ Color Polymerized Toner for sharper text, better halftone clarity, and higher image stability over long print runs. BLI noted, "products that use Simitri toner have consistently high toner yields in BLI's in-house lab tests."

"This device was designed specifically to deliver the next level of excellence in color technology at a price point that makes superior color available for everyday business," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc.  "BLI's assessment is confirmation that we did just that."

Pricing and Availability
The bizhub C350isavailable through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels.  The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) is $11,500.

About Buyers Laboratory, Inc.
Buyers Laboratory is the nation's leading independent office products testing laboratory and has published comprehensive test reports on office products, each representing months of rigorous hands-on testing in its 10,000-square-foot-lab.  The company also maintains comprehensive databases of specifications on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products and makes those specifications available to subscribers in the form of printed specification guides, Web and disk-based product comparison software programs and a fax-accessible database.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
By bringing together the strengths of its two founding companies, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, is dedicated to providing its customers with complete solutions for their document creation, production, and management needs. Konica Minolta provides the essentials of imaging to companies and organizations ranging from the small office/home office to large production operations with its full line of digital color and black & white printers/copiers, multifunctional peripherals, desktop laser printers, plain-paper facsimile machines, software and network solutions, and professional services. 

An industry leader in image capture, output and management, Konica Minolta provides world-class service 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 on the World Wide Web at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.

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