Konica-Minolta 200 Printer Review
Encompassing the major functions needed in an office, the Konica-Minolta bizhub 200 is a solid machine to have in a work environment. Instead of having four separate devices, the 200 combines a printer, fax machine, copier, and scanner. Though it can only print in black-and-white, it does offer color scanning. This unit can be upgraded to grow with increasing volumes and offers a number of built-in features that will simplify the work day.
Though its speed and quality are just mediocre, it should be sufficient for offices with simple text documents to print on a regular basis. Up to 20 pages per minute can be generated, but this will slow down for more complex tasks, such as graphics or images. The maximum resolution that can be created using the Konica-Minolta 200 toner and its laser printing technology is 600x600 dpi.
The list of built-in features includes a 300 MHz processor, 192 MB of memory, and print control. Computers can connect via parallel or USB port, and printer sharing is made possible through the ethernet interface. Security features such as IP address filtering are also standard, to keep offices protected. Finishing options are available, providing the opportunity to have the unit sort, fold, staple, and hole-punch completed documents.
The maximum monthly duty cycle is 60,000 prints but the Konica-Minolta 200 toner cartridges can only yield about 17,000 pages. So, if the machine is used to full capacity, replacement toners will be needed up to 4 times each month. Replacement bizhub 200 printer toner is easy to find on the internet from a number of reputable sources.
An 80-sheet automatic document feeder sits on the top of the unit, speeding up the process of copying or scanning multi-page tasks. The standard paper capacity is 1,250 sheets, but optional trays can be added to expand the paper capacity all the way up to 2,750 sheets. An optional 40 GB hard drive is also available for additional storage space. With all of these features and functions, this machine surprisingly measures only 27x28x28 inches and weighs 162 pounds without the bizhub 200 toner cartridges installed.
The high yield of the Konica-Minolta 200 toner keeps the cost per page low while the optional features make this unit adaptable in growing offices. Though it is a bit bulky for a small office, larger work environments will appreciate the versatility and flexibility of the bizhub 200.