Konica Minolta's bizhub PRO Production Print Systems Receive 2007 'Editor's Choice Awards' from Better Buys for Business

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bizhub PRO C6500P recognized as strong contender in high-volume color arena; bizhub PRO 1050eP singled out for excellent performance at aggressive price point.

Kevin Kern

The bizhub PRO C6500P is Konica Minolta’s entry in the currently hot mid-level color production market, and is competitively priced to make it a strong contender in this market segment

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies from the desktop to the print shop, today announced that Better Buys for Business (Better Buys) has recognized Konica Minolta's bizhub PRO™ C6500P and bizhub PRO 1050eP as 2007 "Editor's Choice Award” winners. The 65 color ppm bizhub PRO C6500P and the 105 monochrome ppm bizhub PRO 1050eP are featured in the 2007 edition of Better Buys' “The High-Volume Printer Guide“.

The Better Buys team of office equipment researchers and editors select those models that serve as a benchmark of high quality, exceptional performance and real value. Representing truly "best-in-class" machines, these models are honored with the Better Buys for Business "Editor's Choice" Award. Konica Minolta's bizhub PRO Production Print Systems were evaluated on their paper handling, output devices, touch-screen control panel, features, copier productivity and connectivity. In addition to the product evaluation process, Better Buys solicits and incorporates feedback from users about equipment performance, ease of use and brand satisfaction so that its recommended models have proven to be outstanding in the "real world."

“With the bizhub PRO 1050eP, Konica Minolta has staked its claim in the high-end production printing world, offering excellent performance at a very reasonable price point,” stated Better Buys for Business, in its recognition of the bizhub PRO 1050eP.

“The bizhub PRO C6500P is Konica Minolta’s entry in the currently hot mid-level color production market, and is competitively priced to make it a strong contender in this market segment,“ declared Better Buys for Business, in its recognition of the bizhub PRO C6500P.

The bizhub PRO1050eP is a workhorse production system that is able to satisfy the demands of high volume environments; it has a spectacular monthly duty cycle of 1,500,000 impressions to handle the rigors of production printing. The bizhub PRO C6500P offers high image quality which excels at the various functions which the professional seeks, and meets the rigorous needs of on-demand printing.

"Production printing, both high-speed color and monochrome, is an area of strategic emphasis for Konica Minolta, and our bizhub PRO line of monochrome and color production systems continues to set industry benchmarks," said Kevin Kern, Vice President, Product Planning and Development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "We are proud that Better Buys has recognized the overall capabilities of the bizhub PRO C6500P and bizhub PRO 1050eP systems, and these awards give clear evidence as to why our market share in production printing has enjoyed significant growth in recent years."

To experience Konica Minolta’s portfolio of bizhub PRO production print systems, visit Konica Minolta at Graph Expo® at Booth #4436 from September 9-12, 2007.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (http://www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us), a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, brings together unparalleled advances in security, print quality and network integration via its award-winning line of bizhub™ multifunctional products (MFPs); bizhub PRO™ production printing systems; magicolor® desktop color laser printers and all-in-ones; and pagepro™ monochrome desktop laser printers and all-in-ones. Konica Minolta also offers advanced software solutions, wide-format printers, microform digital imaging systems, and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, NJ, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and client support through an extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.

About Better Buys for Business
Better Buys for Business is the leading independent buyer's guide for office equipment. Its mission is to help buyers of copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners and duplicators make smarter purchasing decisions. Its research is grounded in real-world performance testing of equipment, and every recommendation in every guide is backed by more than 20 years of experience in equipment research and analysis. For more information, please contact Better Buys at 800-247-2185 or http://www.BetterBuys.com.

Konica Minolta Corporate Contact:
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000
jnorberto @ kmbs.konicaminolta.us

Konica Minolta Media Contact:
Rachel Reed
Lois Paul and Partners
+1 781.782.5785
Rachel_reed @ lpp.com

Konica Minolta is a trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. bizhub PRO is a trademark of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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