Konica Minolta vs Xerox Printers


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Konica Minolta and Xerox are two of the most used printers in office environments, but which one is better for your business?

At Copy Print Services, we supply both Konica Minolta and Xerox printers for all sized businesses. 

Konica Minolta Printers

Founded in Japan, Konica Minolta is one of the leading suppliers of high quality and innovative printing solutions. With seamless integrated software, Konica Minolta printers aim to maximise your productivity and meet high demands from busy office environments. 

The company specialises in making print systems, multifunctional devices and digital printing solutions on a global scale, putting themselves at the forefront of the production printing market.

Xerox Printers

Xerox was founded in 1906 in New York, as The Haloid Photographic Company, manufacturing photographic paper and equipment. The brand became dominant in the 1960’s, introducing the first desktop plain-paper copier.

Their multifunction printers have innovative features like mobile printing, WiFi connectivity and premium security, and aim to stay up to date with the latest commercial printer technology.

What features are useful for a printer?

Some important features that you should look for on a printer include:

  • Affordable and efficient ink and toner

  • Protection and privacy software

  • Real time support

  • Scanning facilities with a high resolution

  • Fast print speed

  • Wifi compatible

Find out which printer is best for you

Konica Minolta Bizhub vs Xerox VersaLink Range

Konica Minolta has a great range of printers and scanners to choose from, known as the Bizhub range. These printers are designed to maximise your output for increased productivity, whilst still meeting all of your specific printing needs.

Konica Minolta Bizhub Features

The Bizhub range features:

  • A scan speed of up to 280 ipm in duplex
  • Integrated cloud services
  • User friendly interfaces
  • A print resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi

Xerox VersaLink Features

The Xerox VersaLink range is ideal for smaller to medium sized environments with a range of devices to choose from, from black and white to colour. The broad range of VersaLink printers are an office favourite thanks to their affordable total cost of ownership.

The VersaLink range also features:

  • A print resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi

  • A4 up to 30ppm and A3 up to 15ppm,  depending on the model

This range of printers features LED Print Head technology, a high standard security level and a tablet-like 7” controller.

Konica Minolta Bizhub vs Xerox AltaLink Range

The Xerox AltaLink range are intuitive machines with tablet-like interfaces to allow simplicity and efficiency. They have a comprehensive protection system trusted by a lot of security-minded businesses.

Xerox AltaLink Features

The AltaLink range are large, multifunction printers that can support a wide range of jobs. These printers have an intuitive controller with App Gallery support and enhanced adaptive learning features.

The AltaLink range also features:

  • A print resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi
  • A4 up to 70ppm and A3 up to 35ppm,  depending on the model

Konica Minolta Features

The Konica Minolta Bizhub range delivers a high standard of print in both mono and colour and in either A4 or A3 depending on the model. 

Again, every Bizhub model comes with the highly secure built-in Bizhub smart security protection to ensure your files are always safe and protected from cyber threats

Now we’ve compared the ranges as a whole, we’ve dive into a more detailed comparison between specific Konica Minolta and Xerox models.

Konica Minolta C550i vs Xerox AltaLink C8155

Print Speed:
This is a key feature that most people will look for when investing in a machine for their business. If you often print a large amount of documents -such as in a school - you’ll require a machine with a high PPM (print per minute).

Konica Minolta C550i

Up to 55ppm in mono and colour

Xerox AltaLink C8155

Up to 55ppm in mono and colour

Both of these machines have quite impressive print speeds and would be more than suitable for busy schools and office spaces. They also both equal in A3 print speed at 27ppm, mono and colour.

Maximum Paper Capacity:
The ability to load your machine with plenty of paper to last you as long as you need can be important - a larger maximum paper capacity will reduce the amount of times you’ll need to refill it. 

Konica Minolta C550i

Max. paper capacity 6650 sheets

Xerox AltaLink C8155

Max. paper capacity 6140 sheets

The Konica Minolta printer has a higher maximum paper capacity than the Xerox, making it a better choice for high-print volume businesses.

Konica Minolta C360i vs Xerox AltaLink C8135

Scan Speed:
Scanning documents easily and with speed is important for businesses. Many of the multifunctional printers have respectable scanning capabilities, but there are some exceptions to this with machines that have a very high scan speed.

Konica Minolta C360i

200ipm in duplex

Xerox AltaLink C8135

141ipm in duplex  

The Konica Minolta outperforms xerox in duplex scanning speed, which is ideal for a busy office environment.

Finishing Capabilities:
Creative industries, such as businesses in architecture, design or marketing, often utilise finishing functions when printing, such as:

  • Letter

  • Tri-fold

  • C-fold

  • Booklet finisher

  • Stapler finisher

  • Punch finish

Konica Minolta C360i

Banner paper, inner stapler (with punch), tri-fold, c-fold, booklet finisher

Xerox AltaLink C8135

Booklet finisher, inner stapler (no punch)

The Xerox C8135 offers a few finishing options, and then there are options for add ons, but the Konica C360i comes with a much larger range and all as standard.

Konica Minolta C250i vs Xerox VersaLink C7025

Document security when printing is really important, as well as ensuring that there are no issues with viruses in the machine. This is key for many industries, especially healthcare, for example.

Konica Minolta C250i 

Option for unique Bitdefender real time virus scan

Xerox VersaLink C7025

Not supported

The Konica Minolta has the option for secure virus scanning, whereas the Xerox doesn’t support this.

Should I get a Konica Minolta printer or an Xerox printer?

Choosing between a Konica Minolta or an Xerox printer really depends on your specific needs. 

Whilst both brands provide high quality, efficient and office friendly printers, there are a few differences between the two that may affect which product you choose.

Xerox AltaLink and VersaLink printers feature higher print resolution capabilities of up to 1200 x 2400 dpi compared to Konica Minolta's 1200 x 1200 dpi.

However, Konica Minolta has a 100% Print and Copy duplex productivity and a larger max. paper capacity of 6650 sheets, compared to the Xerox ranges.

How Copy Print Services help your business choose the right printer

Whether you’re setting up a brand new office or you’re planning on upgrading from an old printer, our expert team at Copy Print Services will take the time to learn about your business’s requirements in order to help pair you with the most compatible machine

With a range of Konica Minolta and Xerox machines available, we can discuss which machine offers the right level of capabilities for your needs.

Get in touch today to discuss your options with us and we can provide you with a quick and easy quote.

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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