Konica Minolta vs Canon Printers: Which machine should I get?


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At Copy Print Services, we supply, install and maintain a large range of printers for varying industries, always ensuring that the machines are chosen specifically to suit the needs of each business. 

Canon are industry leaders when it comes to printing, but are there higher quality, more cost effective machines out there that could suit your business better? We supply Konica Minolta printers that rival, if not outrank, Canon in overall build quality and reliability. 

Find out which brand and model of printer we’d recommend to you based on your industry, printing needs and usage.

What features do I need in a printer?

When looking for a printer, it is important that you consider your industry, business premises and overall usage. By doing so, you can ensure that the machine you choose best suits your needs, rather than investing in a machine that can’t handle your print load and will demand costly maintenance and repairs over time, for example.

Understanding print features can be complex - luckily, the team at Copy Print Services can discuss these with you and break down key components of what features you may need to prioritise in a printer.

We’ll look closely into both Konica Minolta and Canon printers and how they compare. The machines we’ve chosen are all directly comparable - they include similar, if not all the same, features.


It is important to note however, that if you look closely into the specifications, the Konica Minolta printers are often rated far higher than their Canon counterparts. 

Konica Minolta C450i vs Canon C5540i

Print Speed:

Print speed is a key feature that most people look into when investing in a printer for their business. If you print a large amount of documents - for example, in a school - you’ll need a machine with high PPM (print per minute) capabilities.

We’ll directly compare two machines - the Konica Minolta Bizhub C450i and the Canon iR Adv C5540i III - and their PPM speeds.

Konica Minolta C450i

Up to 45ppm in mono and colour

Canon C5540i

Up to 40ppm in mono and colour

Both machines boast an impressive print speed suitable for most busy offices or schools. If you’re looking to print A3 documents as well as A4 however, the Konica Minolta matches the Canon, printing A3 at 22ppm.

Konica Minolta Bizhub C300i vs Canon iR Adv DX C3730i

Maximum Paper Capacity:

Naturally, if you print a large amount of documents, you’ll want to be able to load your machine with enough paper to last a while, reducing the amount of times it’ll need refilling.

We’ll compare two equivalent machines - the Konica Minolta Bizhub C300i and the Canon iR Adv DX C3730i - and their max paper capacities.

Konica Minolta C300i

Max paper capacity of 6,650 sheets

Canon C3730i

Max paper capacity of 2,300 sheets

The Konica Minolta machine clearly has a much larger paper capacity then the Canon, making it the perfect choice for those industries that continuously print.

Konica Minolta Bizhub C250i vs Canon iR Adv C3525i III

WiFi Connectivity:

Online connectivity is more important than ever in the modern world. If you run a busy office environment for example, it may be important to you that your staff have remote access to the printer for ease of accessibility. 

We’ll take a look at two machines - the Konica Minolta Bizhub C250i and the Canon iR Adv C3525i III - and their online connectivity and printing capabilities:

Konica Minolta C250i 

Offers: Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Konica Minolta Mobile Print, Mopria Print & Wi-Fi Direct

Canon C3525i

Offers: Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print

Both the Konica Minolta and Canon printers offer a great range of connectivity functions, though if you’re after WiFi Direct, the Konica is your better option.

These two machines are comparable due to them having similar functions, yet the Canon isn’t as highly specified when looking at these features in more depth.

For example, the Konica C250i has double the IPM of the Canon in terms of duplex scanning speed, a far higher level of print security and has built-in eco indicators, unlike the C3525i.

Konica Minolta Bizhub C360i vs Canon WG 7540

Finishing Capabilities:

Certain industries, such as architecture or design, may benefit from having access to a range of finishing functions when printing. Some printers allow finishes such as:

  • Letter
  • Tri-fold
  • Booklet finisher
  • Punch finish

Let’s look into two directly competing machines - the Konica Minolta Bizhub C360i and the Canon WG 7540 - and their finishing capabilities:

Konica Minolta C360i

Option of a few finishing techniques: Staple, booklet and folding

Canon WG 7540

Finishing not supported

These two machines perform equally as well in areas of print speed and quality, but if you’re after additional finishing features, the Konica has much more to offer.

Konica Minolta bizhub C250i vs Canon iR C3025i

Scan Speed:

In an office or administrative environment, the necessity to scan documents with speed and ease is crucial. Most multifunction printers have decent scanning capabilities, but certain machines perform exceptionally well in this area.

Let’s look at two closely comparable machines - the Konica Minolta bizhub C250i and the Canon iR C3025i - and their scan speed IPM (impressions per minute):

Konica Minolta C250i

Impressive scan speed of 200 ipm in duplex

Canon C3025i

Much lower scan speed of 55 ipm

With rival print speeds at 25ppm, both of these machines are great for busy office spaces. Looking into scan speed however, the Konica Minolta massively outperforms Canon.

Should I get a Konica Minolta printer or a Canon printer?

Ultimately, the choice is yours. Both brands supply brilliant, long lasting printers that each offer unique capabilities. Through our direct comparisons, we’ve found that Konica Minolta, overall, have more to offer than their counterparts.

They tend to outrank Canon in most key areas, from print and scan speed to connectivity and security. We also feel that Konica Minolta machines are more reliable and that their build quality is significantly higher than that of Canon.

How can Copy Print Services help me choose the right printer?

Our expert team can discuss your printer requirements with you as part of our audit - this way, we can match your business with the right machine.

If you are looking for a Konica Minolta printer, or want to look into another brand, get in touch and we can help pair you with the most suitable machine for your industry.

A great printer also needs consistent, reliable maintenance to ensure that it is always performing at its best.

At Copy Print Services, we offer printer and photocopier maintenance services on low cost packages.

Our managed print services also take the hassle away from you dealing with printer maintenance.

We can deal with repairs, sourcing parts, replacing ink and toner and ensuring that your machine is constantly running at optimum condition.

No matter which machine you invest in, our expert team can keep them running smoothly with regular servicing and timely repairs.

About the author 

John Hynes

Working in the printing industry for 35 years (office equipment servicing and maintenance), John - Managing Director of Copy Print Services - started as a hands-on technician repairing all kinds of equipment.

He always kept up to date with the “evolution” of the machinery and worked on the latest equipment that would give the customers the most efficient way of producing a document.

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