Konica Minolta Wins Red Dot Award 2020 for bizhub® i-Series
Ramsey, NJ, (April 7, 2020) Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), is pleased to announce its i-Series has received the Red Dot Award – one of the world’s most prestigious design awards – in the category of Product Design 2020. The award-winning products are the bizhub C360i/C300i/C250i (A3 color MFP series) and the bizhub C4050i/C3350i (A4 color MFP).
The bizhub i-Series combines printing with process efficiency to empower customers to organize, streamline and customize their printing landscape, while providing the tools to digitize workflows. With an innovative and intuitive user experience and powerful built-in processing capabilities, i-Series MFPs are able to provide secure access to a suite of cloud-based services and applications via Konica Minolta’s MarketPlace. This gives businesses the freedom to quickly tailor and easily harness each device’s capabilities. To ensure the highest security standards, they also offer a unique and comprehensive security system with an optional built-in anti-virus solution. Furthermore, with bizhub SECURE, different security levels can be set to protect device memory and network settings.
The awarded bizhub models are part of the larger MFP i-Series portfolio, recently expanded through the launch of the new bizhub C450i, bizhub C550i and bizhub C650i – three new color A3 MFPs offering a choice of 45 ppm, 55 ppm or 65 ppm print speeds, respectively. The new devices boast the same fresh, contemporary exterior design as the rest of the bizhub i-Series models. With great usability features, such as the exclusive intelligent media sensor that detects media weight and automatically corrects the media setting, they provide uninterrupted use while optimizing print quality. These latest models replace the popular and highly successful bizhub C458, bizhub C558 and bizhub C658 models – enhancing Konica Minolta’s offering in the segment with the addition of extended smart capabilities that embrace the way businesses are evolving.
“Digitization has not diminished the role of office printing devices or multifunctional peripherals (MFPs),” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services and Product Planning, Konica Minolta. “Our bizhub i-Series MFPs are smart, IoT-enabled devices that retain their traditional role for printing, copying and scanning while addressing market needs as businesses evolve and seek to bring together people, spaces and devices with data within the Intelligent Connected Workplace.”
Since launching in June 2019, the bizhub i-Series has attracted worldwide attention for its high quality and outstanding design. In addition to the Red Dot Award, the bizhub C360i/C300i/C250i also received the Good Design Award 2019 from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP), receiving praise for their “sophisticated design,” highly intuitive interfaces and user experience. The series has also been recognized twice by Better Buys, receiving its 2020 Innovative Product of the Year and Editor’s Choice Award for 3Q 2019 in its MFP category.