Konica BizHub C451 Review
Do you want a quick, reliable, no fuss copier?
Maybe the Konica BizHub C451 is for you. Frankly, it’s a bit large and expensive, but if you’re ready for it, then this should be a good buy for everyone out there looking for a multifunction workhorse.
It’s equipped with an Ethernet and USB flash disk to allow for easy networking even if it has to stay only in one corner of your office. Like its cousin C453, it’s equipped with an 8 ½” LCD touch screen that allows you to easily control its functions – print, fax, copy, and scan – and other sub-functions that further enable to handle other tasks within its system, such as color selection and fax resolution control.
Unlike C453, the C451 has duplexing capability that allows simultaneous two-side printing. It can hold and print the size of an A3 or 12 ¼ inches x 18 inches, which is one of the finest features of this model.
Aside from its powerful networking attribute, it offers full color support for print resolution of 1800 dpi x 600 dpi, which defines its print quality. This is far beyond the standard 300 dpi used by other printers. With a 60 GB hard drive memory, the Konica BizHub C451 can hold substantial photo and text files for printing on demand.
Warm up time is always an issue with many copiers, but this model needs only 30 seconds to warm up. For text files, this machine can deliver as fast as 4.8 seconds for monochrome and 6.5 seconds for colored. You can have choice of resolution during an internet fax mode. If you want to save on your ink, you can set the mode to 200 dpi for text images and 300 dpi for colored images, although you can set them at a much higher mode.
Standard faxing is through a Super G3 modem that can transmit and receive data at almost a blink of an eye, or no more than 3 seconds per page. This model’s all-around capabilities are ideal for businesses require only the most reliable, fastest and best results.
Just like its cousin in the BizHub line, the Konica BizHub C451 is huge, or more huge than ordinary because of its larger paper size capability. Many users have issues about its web interface for being “clunky and a bit convoluted,” but consider them small issues against its solid performance in terms of its main functions. Another issue is acquisition cost. But for most astute businessmen, the C451 is not a cost; it’s a good investment.