Konica Minolta 284e Printer Review
Although it handles only monochrome output, the Konica-Minolta bizhub 284e multifunction laser printer can print, scan, and copy, with optional faxing. Its large touchscreen display makes it very easy to use and low prices for Konica-Minolta 284e printer toner supplies keep it affordable as well. Some buyers might be disappointed in its max speeds of 28 pages per minute, however.
As part of the 284 series, the 284e focuses on email and networking features, which for many users will negate the need for faxing altogether. Scans can be saved to the standard 250 GB hard drive, and are easily shared via email, or rerouted to network drive. This can all be handled easily from the 9-inch color touchscreen display, with large, colorful icons to help users find their way through the menu system.
The design of the 284e is certainly on the bulky side of things, with dimensions of 36.3x24.2x27 inches, and with a weight of just under 170 pounds with the bizhub 284e toner installed. While the print speed is a bit slow, scanning speeds can reach up to 160 originals per minute when using the optional dual scanner document feeder, so it is a solid choice for offices embracing digital workflows.
Without multiple toners to replace, the cost of Konica-Minolta 284e toner cartridges is quite reasonable, and they are priced competitively. Each bizhub 284e toner cartridge has an estimated yield of 24,000 pages, so the cost per page is quite affordable over the long term. With compatible Konica-Minolta 284e toner available from third-party vendors, users can save even more money over pricey OEM supplies.
It will take a large office to handle the bulky frame of the 284e, and busy offices might be turned away by its limited output speeds. Still, it offers a solid feature set and quick scanning, as well as affordable supplies.