Konica Minolta has introduced the newest member of the bizhub i-Series portfolio, the bizhub C257i. This A3 colour multifunctional peripheral (MFP) provides the full IT capability of other i-Series products, but as an entry-level model, it is particularly attractive to companies with smaller budgets.
Thanks to the IT6 platform, the colour A3 MFP is connected to Konica Minolta MarketPlace, which is preinstalled on the device. This allows users to securely access, implement and manage a wide range of cloud-based services and applications quickly and easily, even without IT skills. Konica Minolta ensures that these solutions are updated regularly and are compatible with the customer's IT system.
MarketPlace can also be used to manage licences, providing a real-time overview and control over access and costs. To deliver the cost efficiency and flexibility SMEs require, Konica Minolta only charges for the services, capacities and applications that are actually used. With Open API support, the bizhub C257i can also be integrated into existing document workflows with several server-based or device-based print and scan applications. This is very helpful if a company is changing its document workflows and adaptations are required.
Malcolm Smith, Product Marketing Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd said, "MFPs have transformed in the wake of digitalisation. They are no longer just a printing device — they are a link between printed, physical workflow steps and their virtual, digital counterparts. They are designed to make the transitions between the two types of workflow as seamless and smooth as possible.”
The bizhub C257i has 6 GB of memory — three times more than its predecessors. The system storage has been changed from HDD to 256-GB SDD for faster read and write speeds, a noticeable performance boost, low energy consumption and no data loss due to vibration. Furthermore, the scanning speed has increased to 55 ppm in simplex. The bizhub C257i comes with an upgraded Automatic Document Feeder and a new 50-sheet finisher with manual stapling as new functionality.
Security is more important than ever, and printer security is often misjudged as a possible gateway for cyber-attacks. To combat this, Konica Minolta has equipped the bizhub C257i with the same security standards as the other systems from the bizhub i-Series. Furthermore, the bizhub i-Series can be equipped with bizhub SECURE, a special function for MFPs on which different security levels can be set to ensure the security of office devices and protect device memory and network settings. A notifier app also warns the project owner responsible when settings are changed.
Equipped with a large number of sensors enabling self-diagnosis and use of the Konica Minolta Remote Service Platform, the bizhub C257i minimises downtime and ensures uninterrupted use. Consumables such as toner are delivered proactively, and a maintenance technician can be called automatically when needed. Thanks to these capabilities, tasks like stock maintenance and day-to-day issue management are no longer the responsibility of IT departments.
With an intuitive smartphone-style user interface, the bizhub C257i screen also provides access to all basic settings and touch navigation, for a convenient and effective user experience. This recognises that users need to be able to focus on their core competencies and skillsets, rather than be forced to figure out how to work with an MFP.