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What Every Business Person Should Know About Office Copiers and Printers

In todays ever changing environment of electronic documents, many business owners wonder if they will continue to need a traditional copying system for their businesses. While it’s true that much of the modern workforce conducts business in the cloud, multi-function copiers remain a necessity for companies of every size, with benefits that simply aren’t available in digital form. Whether you choose to lease or purchase, color or black and white, new or used, an on-site business copier saves you time, allows allows for accessible printing, scanning and copying which remains a constant, daily need for most every office.

There’s another crucial benefit that many businesses don’t consider: the human brain does not give information that it reads on a screen the same attention that it provides to information it reads on paper. For example, if this sentence was further down this page, it’s unlikely you would have seen it. Screen-readers skim for the information they want and need, with only 20% of people reading everything on a screen.  Not only are we less likely to focus our full attention on what we’re reading on a screen, but we’re also less likely to recall it later than if we’d read it on paper. Put plainly: if you want something to be read in its entirety, taken seriously, and remembered, printing it increases your odds considerably.

 

The Evolution of the Office Copy Machine

When you hear the words office copy machine or office printer, it likely calls to mind the large, single-function office solutions that were the mainstays of business copiers for decades. Today’s multifunction copiers are a far cry from the clunky and noisy machines of the past, and they’re far more affordable than you may think.

The significant distinctions between copiers and printers are not what they used to be. Desktop copiers and multifunction printers are, at their core, copiers that can print and perform other necessary functions, such as:

  • Faxing
  • Scanning
  • Stapling
  • 2 & 3 Hole Punch
  • Automatic Tri-fold to print envelope ready invoices
  • Folded Booklets and Brochures with 2 Point Saddle Stitch
  • Store Commonly Printed Jobs Directly on the Printer
  • Print from Phones & Tablets
  • OCR Scanning to Create Searchable Documents
  • Network connectivity
  • And more

While not all office copy machines perform all of these functions, the variety of options available means there’s a machine that delivers only the functions you need and none that you don’t. The array of available models may also, however, lead to confusion: with so many choices, it’s not uncommon for the distinctly 21st century phenomenon known as FOBO (Fear of Better Options) to settle in, making your search for the right office copier turn into an endless quest of comparison shopping and product reviews.

We’ve created this guide to help you break down the often confusing jargon that accompanies shopping for your office’s needs. Below, you’ll find the information you need to quickly and decisively identify the features that will benefit your specific business the most, as well as guidance to select the best new or pre-owned copier for lease or purchase, so you can get back to focusing on the things that matter most to you.

A Note on Konica Minolta: History and Products

We recommend Konica Minolta products because of their history of innovation, the quality of their products, and the values they embrace. Industry leaders since 1959, Konica Minolta has been a pioneer in producing products that seek to reduce their environmental impact, and they have more patents than any other copier manufacturer.

With a commitment to innovation, they have consistently brought cutting-edge multifunction products to market that increase productivity and set the standard for what an office copier can and should be. As standard bearers of the notion that a single office machine can serve as the hub of communication for an entire department or company, the tagline BizHub accompanies these revolutionary multifunction devices.

Konica Minolta has proudly led the environmental movement since the 1980s, and as the most environmentally decorated manufacturer in the industry, their commitment has continued to evolve. Partnering with EcoVision 2050, they’ve committed to a goal of reducing CO₂ emissions by 80% by the year 2050. Their commitment to Green Business also includes the energy-saving features that they build into every Konica Minolta product, such as:

  • Adjustable automatic power down modes
  • Automatic sleep mode on copiers when inactive which wake up as a user approaches to use it
  • Laser printing that uses the lowest possible fusing temperatures to reduce energy consumption
  • Curbside recyclable toner cartridges
  • 100% recyclable packaging
  • Manufacturing standards that apply the highest percentage of post-use recyclable materials

We share in Konica Minolta’s ideals and are proud to support them in providing customers with affordable, cutting-edge products that help increase efficiency while embracing environmental sustainability.

Which Printer is Best for My Business?

It’s tempting when faced with all the possible bells and whistles of multifunction printers, to say “I’ll take them all!” You’ll find the best return on your investment and the most significant increase in your business’ efficiency, however, by first determining which functions are essential.

You resisted the temptation to buy more house than you need. A fifth bedroom would be lovely, you told yourself, but do you really want a higher mortgage payment or houseguests who overstay their welcome? You turned down the rustproofing, and other upsells thrown your way when you bought your car, too. After all, there’s never been a floor mat worth the price your dealership quoted you, and you know it. When shopping for an office copier, you’ll need to exercise these same skills to help you identify what you need and resist the extra features you won’t use.

If you run a large business where dozens of employees will access your business machine, for example, the biometrics or ID card readers in some multipurpose copiers may be precisely what you need to keep paper and ink costs down to the necessities, and ensure sensitive information and data stays only with those authorized to see it. A smaller office with only a handful of employees who won’t handle such information can likely pass on such features. Offices who focus on marketing or sales, on the other hand, may find booklet-making or full-bleed printing features indispensable, while an accounting team might have little use for them even if they were readily available.

When you first begin to compare office copy machines, you may find it useful to start with determining whether you’ll need to print in color or black and white. From here, you can narrow down your choices based on paper size and thickness, print volume, print speed, before identifying the new and pre-owned models that meet all of your needs.

In the next sections, you’ll find options for small, medium, and large businesses with a variety of functions to choose from. In addition to the features detailed in each section below, you may find our copier decision making tree helpful. You’ll find it linked with additional resources at the end of this guide.

Best Copiers for Small Businesses

Small businesses don’t necessarily have small copying and printing needs, and multifunction printers have evolved to recognize this. With compact desktop laser printing options that offer many of the functions available in large, high-volume printers, the market for small business copiers is vast enough to ensure that you find a machine with the functionality you need at a price you’re comfortable with.

 

Small business copiers are ideal for those who want to maximize workspace and minimize energy consumption. Utilizing one machine to perform multiple essential functions allows you to optimize your workflow as maintenance and updates are limited to just one easy to operate device. With print quality and speeds that can compete with their larger office copier competitors, these small business copiers offer a competitive edge to small business owners. These high-performance Konica Minolta office copiers provide mid-volume color copying and printing with intuitive interfaces that allow your team to perform multiple functions with ease, as well mobile compatibility, cloud connectivity, and ample hard drives and data storage for the utmost in efficiency and productivity.

 

Best New Color Copiers

 KM Bizhub C3351KM Bizhub C227
FunctionsPrint, copy, scan, fax (optional)Print, copy, scan, fax (optional)
Prints in colorYesYes
Prints in black & whiteYesYes
Pages per minute, printing3822
Pages per minute, scanning3780
Print Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi1200 x 1200 dpi
Copy Resolution600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi
Scan Resolution 600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi
Staple, Hole Punch, Tri-fold, and Booklet optionsStapleOptional: Staple, Tri-fold, Booklet

 

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub C3351

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub C227

 

Best New B&W Copiers

 KM Bizhub 4050KM Bizhub 227KM Bizhub 287
FunctionsPrint, copy, scan, fax (optional) Print, copy, scan, fax (optional) Print, copy, scan, fax (optional)
Prints in colorNoNoNo
Prints in black & white Yes Yes Yes
Pages per minute, printing422228
Pages per minute, scanning488080
Print Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi1800 x 600 dpi1800 x 600 dpi
Copy Resolution600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi 600 x 600 dpi
Scan Resolution 600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi 600 x 600 dpi
Staple, Hole Punch, Tri-fold, and Booklet optionsN/A Optional: staple, 2&3 hole punch, tri-fold, and bookletOptional: staple, 2&3 hole punch, tri-fold, and booklet

 

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub 4050

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub 227

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub 287

Best Pre-Owned Color Copiers

 KM Bizhub C224eKM Bizhub C284e
FunctionsPrint, Copy, Scan, Fax (optional) Print, Copy, Scan, Fax (optional)
Prints in colorYesYes
Prints in black & white YesYes
Pages per minute, printing2228
Pages per minute, scanning8080
Print Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi1200 x 1200 dpi
Copy Resolution 600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi
Scan Resolution 200, 300, 400, & 600 dpi200, 300, 400, & 600 dpi
Staple, Tri-fold, and booklet printing optionsOptional: staple, 2&3 hole punch, tri-fold, and bookletOptional: Staple, 2&3 hold punch, tri-fold, booklet

 

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub C224e

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub C284e

Best Pre-Owned B&W Copiers

 KM Bizhub 224eKM Bizhub 284e
FunctionsPrint, Copy, Scan, Fax (optional) Print, Copy, Scan, Fax (optional)
Prints in colorNoNo
Prints in black & white YesYes
Pages per minute, printing2228
Pages per minute, scanning8080
Print Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi1200 x 1200 dpi
Copy Resolution600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi
Scan Resolution 200, 300, 400, & 600 dpi200, 300, 400, & 600 dpi
Stapling, Tri-fold, and booklet printing optionsOptional: staple, 2&3 hole punch, tri-fold, and bookletOptional: Staple, 2&3 hold punch, tri-fold, booklet

 

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub 224e

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub 284e

Best Copiers for Medium Sized Businesses

Boasting high capacity or multiple paper trays, large document feeders, a range of output options, and the ability to store a large number of user accounts, the range of multifunction office copiers sure to meet your medium-sized business’ needs.  With consistently sharp image quality and a variety of printing and scanning speeds, these devices can meet the needs of nearly every department in your organization. If your primary needs include vivid colors in your brochures or marketing materials, high printing resolution should be at the top of your list of priorities.  If your business needs to reproduce and print a high volume of text documents, a black and white printer that can print or scan a large number of pages per minute may better suit you.

Best New Color Copiers

 KM Bizhub C308KM Bizhub C368
FunctionsCopy, Print, Scan, Fax (optional)Copy, Print, Scan, Fax (optional)  
Prints in colorYesYes
Prints in black & white Yes Yes
Pages per minute, printing3036
Pages per minute, scanning8080
Print Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi1200 x 1200 dpi
Copy Resolution 600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi
Scan Resolution 600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi
Stapling, Tri-fold, and booklet printing optionsOptional: Staple, 2&3 Hole Punch, Tri-Fold, BookletOptional: Staple, 2&3 Hole Punch, Tri-Fold, Booklet

 

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub C308

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub C368

Best New B&W Copiers

 KM Bizhub C308KM Bizhub C368
FunctionsCopy, Print, Scan, Fax (optional) Copy, Print, Scan, Fax (optional)
Prints in colorNoNo
Prints in black & white YesYes
Pages per minute, printing3036
Pages per minute, scanning8080
Print Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi1200 x 1200 dpi
Copy Resolution 600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi
Scan Resolution 600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi
Stapling, Tri-fold, and booklet printing optionsOptional: Staple, 2&3 Hole Punch, Tri-Fold, BookletOptional: Staple, 2&3 Hole Punch, Tri-Fold, Booklet

 

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub 308

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub 368

Best Pre-Owned Color Copiers

 KM Bizhub C284eKM Bizhub C364e
FunctionsCopy, Print, Scan, Fax (optional)Copy, Print, Scan, Fax (Optional)
Prints in colorYesYes
Prints in black & white YesYes
Pages per minute, printing2836
Pages per minute, scanning8080
Print Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi1200 x 1200 dpi
Copy Resolution 600 x 600 dpi600 x 600 dpi
Scan Resolution 200, 300, 400, & 600 dpi200, 300, 400, & 600 dpi
Stapling, Tri-fold, and booklet printing optionsOptional: Staple, 2&3 Hole Punch, Tri-Fold, BookletOptional: Staple, 2&3 Hole Punch, Tri-Fold, Booklet

 

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub C284e

See all features: Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e

Best Pre-Owned B&W Copiers

 KM Bizhub 284eKM Bizhub 364e
FunctionsCopy, Print, Scan, Fax (optional)Copy, Print, Scan, Fax (optional)
Prints in colorNoNo
Prints in black & white YesYes
Pages per minute, printing2836
Pages per minute, scanning7070
Print Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi1200 x 1200 dpi
Copy Resolution 600 x 600 dpi600