Digital Office Powerhouse Konica Minolta Black-and-white Multifunctional Laminator Bizhub 550i Review


[Bestbuy618 Office Channel] In the post-epidemic era of digital transformation, the Chinese OA market is breeding tremendous opportunities for growth. Konica Minolta is accelerating its digital transformation as user demand for a connected and intelligent digital office environment grows rapidly. Konica Minolta’s 2020 bizhub 550i multifunctional laminator, a mid-to-high-speed segment black-and-white multifunctional laminator for large, medium-sized, or global enterprises with a high degree of centralization, provides a strong impetus for the current office digital upgrade and industry change as a partner dedicated to supporting the digital transformation of its customers’ businesses. It has a quad-core CPU, which ensures high performance and quick response of the laminator.

In comparison to its predecessor, the bizhub 550i series has increased memory capacity from 4GB to 8GB, upgraded hard drive from 250GB mechanical hard drive to 256GB solid state drive, and has a variety of optional components to fully realize diversified function expansion. Let’s look at the features and highlights of this composite machine from every angle. The bizhub 550i multifunctional laminator uses Konica Minolta’s consistent classic black and white color, with the overall business calm as the main focus, to improve the efficiency and convenience of users in using the process.

The landing scene is the heart of the corporate user’s office, and it can offer a full range of printing services.

In terms of exterior materials, the machine mainframe employs a new air-filled packaging material rather than the original foam packaging, which significantly reduces waste space and environmental damage, demonstrating Konica Minolta’s commitment to green pursuits. A duplex synchronous document feeder with a maximum paper capacity of 300 pages is standard. At 200 dpi, scanning speed can reach up to 140/280 pages per minute (single-sided/dual-sided), easily meeting users’ needs for daily high-volume scanning operations.

The duplex auto document feeder also has tick marks for different paper sizes, indicating its wide paper applicability. The laminator has a large 10.1-inch operation panel, which retains only one physical button – the power button – compared to its predecessor, making the panel more simple and modern in presentation.

Furthermore, the panel’s adjustment angle has been increased to 90°, allowing users to easily adjust the viewing angle based on their own visual and usage habits, ensuring comfortable operation. Open the consumables panel below to see the configuration of the bizhub 550i’s toner supplies. The cylindrical toner compartment is located inside the body for a more compact fit, and it is simple to operate and replace by opening the panel.

The bizhub 550i includes an innovative LED light indicator on the side body of the operator panel and in the paper cassette to ensure a smooth and efficient workflow. Users can understand the different states of the laminator more intuitively thanks to the flashing lights and color changes, and the right human-computer interaction can further improve office efficiency. When the cover is closed, the shock absorber dampens the feeder so that it drops slowly with little or no sound from the collision, improving the user experience and machine life.

The main menu interface is clearly divided into information and function areas, allowing users to see their login status and device functions at a glance; in the secondary menu interface, users can scroll up and down through the menu to more intuitively select the desired settings. The document feeder can detect overlap during high-speed operation thanks to a pre-installed internal component equipped with an ultrasonic sensor, avoiding missed originals while also ensuring work efficiency and accuracy.

In comparison to previous models, the bizhub 550i includes electronic deskew in addition to the original mechanical deskew function, which reduces the skew angle of the scanned copy and maximizes the stable output quality of the document. The bizhub 550i is also designed to be more user-friendly, with the design of the machine’s cooling fan updated to make the machine run with less noise. The cooling fan’s speed is precisely adjusted according to the device’s workload, ensuring that the device remains in a low-noise state when not in use. The bizhub 550i offers a variety of optional components for users to choose from based on their actual usage needs, such as fax kit, wireless network card, security kit, workbench, large-capacity paper cassette, and paper disposal, expanding the laminator’s more diverse functions.

Users can choose to install job separators, perforation kits, Z-folders, and other accessories. to achieve quick and easy post-press binding and processing

The laminator has a versatile paper supply system that includes two A3 cassettes with 500-sheet capacities and a standard 1,150-sheet cassette capacity with the side hand feed tray. Depending on the user’s requirements, the user can supply up to 3,650 sheets with optional cassettes. With the addition of the high-capacity feeder, the device’s maximum capacity is 6,650 sheets. It also supports SRA3 large format, 1200mm long paper, and other printing.

The bizhub 550i has optional components for IC card ID authentication and bio-vein authentication: IC card ID authentication system, which eliminates the tedious step of entering a password and requires only one swipe of the IC card directly on the device to complete authentication; Biological vein authentication system, which uses t It supports a number of industry-standard mobile connectivity technologies, such as Airprint (for iOS), Mopria Print (for Android), and other applications, making it simple for users to connect their devices to the copier and enjoy wireless printouts. Furthermore, the device retains Konica Minolta Mobile Print, Konica Minolta’s self-developed mobile printing application, which connects the phone to the copier for easy mobile printing/scanning and its.

It is worth noting that the bizhub 550i also supports USB printing; even in the absence of a network environment, users can insert the U disk through the USB storage files on the laminator to print, or scan the document scanned into the U disk storage. Konica Minolta is laying out a new generation of i-series multifunctional composite machine, “i” means intelligence “intelligence,” Konica Minolta at the start of the series product line, will The bizhub i series can be equipped with the Konica Minolta China MarketPlace, a collection of applications and services with scanning, printing, cloud access, document management, and other functions, so that users can easily choose and download the office applications they need, easily extend the functions of the laminator, and enhance the level of intelligent office. After registering for an account online, users can quickly access the market through the webpage or the laminator’s operation panel to purchase and download the office applications they require on demand. At the moment, Konica Minolta China MarketPlace has a total of 16 applications to choose from, including “ID Easy Copy,” “Seat Card Print,” and “Auto Add Code Copy,” and will develop more localized applications to meet the actual needs of Chinese users and provide more options.

The copy and print output speed of the bizhub 550i MFP is officially claimed to be 55 pages per minute, with a copy and scan resolution of up to 600 dpi and a print resolution of up to 1200 dpi for fine, high-precision, high-quality work output. The scanning speed at 200 dpi can reach 140 sides per minute (single-sided scanning) and 280 sides per minute (duplex scanning). Simultaneously, when compared to previous models, the laminator’s warm-up time and first page output time have been reduced to some extent, allowing users to reduce waiting time and improve office efficiency. As the composite machine’s printing and copying speeds are the same, I will put the two together through the actual test in 600dpi resolution, the summary data chart is as follows.

In 600dpi resolution, we tested the machine in 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes under the number of printing and copying paper, comprehensive data results can be seen, the composite machine print speed a

We did single-sided black and white / color and double-sided black and white / color scanning on this laminator at 200dpi and 600dpi resolutions. According to the test data, the highest scanning speed reached 140 ipm on one side and 280 ipm on both sides, and basically the same speed of black and color, which is consistent with the official claims. The official claim bizhub 550i print quality of up to 1200 * 1200dpi, with high-quality output capabilities, the following we will see whether the product’s output performance is good enough.

In the dot matrix output, the accuracy reached 1pix standard, whether black background or white background, can present rich graphic details, its fine print quality for the user’s daily document output and copy provides strong support. In terms of copying, bizhub 550i multifunctional composite machine copy function in the machine operation touch area on the operation button, by the original copy can be seen, the composite machine copy performance is also excellent, the composite machine copy performance is also excellent, the composite machine copy performance is also excellent, the composite machine Such scanning results can meet the higher requirements for the user’s image and details, design, drawing books, engineering drawings, and so on. The all-in-one machine can scan and archive documents.

Through actual testing, I believe the bizhub 550i is a high-quality black and white multifunctional composite product, in terms of print configuration, although the speed of the medium models, but the advantages in terms of accuracy, is sufficient to meet the requirements of professional applications, is an excellent quality, comprehensive performance is very good office equipment. The laminator is a simple, secure, and convenient way to integrate the user, scenarios, and equipment, while also providing users with a smooth workflow and document management solutions services, to create an intelligent, efficient, and convenient digital workplace.