BLI presents Konica Minolta’s bizhub C203 and C253 with Pick of the Year Awards

Langenhagen, Germany, January 2009

Buyers’ Laboratory Inc. (BLI) decorated Konica Minolta’s bizhub C203 and bizhub C253 each with a BLI Fall 2008 Pick of the Year Award. This accolade once more proves Konica Minolta’s excellence in full-colour multifunctional products (MFPs) and shows that there are many good reasons why Konica Minolta has been the market leader in this segment for several years. Testers at the BLI were impressed by the two compact mid-range colour devices’ excellent reliability, superior print quality and user-friendly design.


"We are very proud to have received the BLI’s Fall 2008 Pick of the Year Awards for our colour MFPs bizhub C203 and bizhub C253," says Olaf Lorenz, General Manager International Marketing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. "What is particularly gratifying is the fact that the BLI testers pointed out our devices' user friendliness and outstanding print quality, features that we ourselves consider of utmost importance. Along with efficiency and reliability this is where we put our efforts towards continuous improvement."

With its Fall 2008 Pick of the Year Award for the bizhub C203, Konica Minolta’s entry-level A3 colour device, BLI appreciated Konica Minolta’s efforts to come up with a mid-range product that incorporates the technology of larger bizhubs. BLI Assignments Editor George Mikolay says, "In addition to its strong performance in testing, what separates the bizhub C203 from the competition are robust capabilities not typically seen on devices in this speed range, such as saddle-stitch finishing, duplexing, the ability to accommodate paper sizes up to A3 and a touch-screen control panel. With the capabilities it offers for the price, the bizhub C203 truly stands out in a class of its own."

Additional features that the BLI found most noteworthy in the bizhub C203 were the outstanding reliability that it demonstrated in the endurance test. Furthermore, the remarkable combination of speed and image quality impressed the testers.

In the segment II, for higher print speeds, the bizhub C253 earned a second Fall 2008 Pick of the Year Award for Konica Minolta. Efficiency particularly distinguishes the bizhub C253, as the BLI points out. "In addition to its excellent reliability, the bizhub C253’s rated drum yields are above average, and the drums are user-replaceable, enabling maximum uptime and minimal downtime." said BLI Manager of Laboratory Testing Pete Emory.

The bizhub C253’s reliability, print quality and user-friendly design also made a strong impression on the testers. User-friendliness can be chiefly credited to the InfoLine design and its full-colour touch screen control panel, granting easy and straightforward access to all the bizhub C253’s features.

The two decorated bizhubs C203 and C253 have been part of the Konica Minolta Next Generation bizhub portfolio for about one year now and belong to a mid-range product family. They are ideal devices for small offices and mid-size workgroups while also being equipped with a wealth in features similar to larger series. Konica Minolta thereby pays tribute to the fact that office communication requirements remain the same irrespective of the office’s size. All customers look for impressive colour, supreme quality and high speed. It is volume that makes the difference. As the bizhubs’ structure is highly modular, versatility quite easily transforms into a truly tailor-made solution, for example in terms of paper trays, paper capacity and finishing capabilities.


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Olaf Lorenz

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

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