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    I need your expert advice: Ricoh MP C6501 SPF vs Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552

    Hi. I'm tasked here at work to help decide upon our new machine as our current contract is up, and I would appreciate your valuable advice. In the running is Ricoh MP C6501 SPF and a Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552.

    Our needs are around 15,000 copies per month (about 5% color) and probably an equal amount of scanning documents to our server.

    We've had a Bizhub C-550, and generally pleased with the machine.

    The most important factor in our decision is dependability. We need the machine up and running, because down-time is not merely an inconvenience, but a disaster for our business.

    The salesmen, of course, always do nothing but sing praises about their own machines, but I know who the real experts are, and I value your opinions. In fact, the next most important factor in our decision is the quality and timeliness of service.

    Do you know if one machine is better than the other? If not, what's been your experience or preference about recent machines as it relates to one manufacturer over the other? If there is another machine that blows these out of the water, let me know! Which would you choose if you were in my shoes?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: I need your expert advice: Ricoh MP C6501 SPF vs Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552

    Bizhub. No contest.

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    Re: I need your expert advice: Ricoh MP C6501 SPF vs Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552

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    Re: I need your expert advice: Ricoh MP C6501 SPF vs Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552

    Over 90 views, and nobody willing to give a little advice? Is this request against board rules? I'd appreciate any help.


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    Re: I need your expert advice: Ricoh MP C6501 SPF vs Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552

    Bizhub c552

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    Re: I need your expert advice: Ricoh MP C6501 SPF vs Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552

    I'd be inclined to pick Konica Minolta over Ricoh.


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    Re: I need your expert advice: Ricoh MP C6501 SPF vs Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552

    I have worked on Ricoh and Konica. If it were me, knowing what I know, I would ask each salesman the following:

    Do you have any of these machines in the field? Can you supply me with customers, locally if possible, for me to contact?

    What is the PM cycle? You may be able to Google the spec. sheet to see this. Usually, not always, a higher PM cycle of same series machines will require less service. If the techs do what the PM requires.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.


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    Re: I need your expert advice: Ricoh MP C6501 SPF vs Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552

    I have experience with both products and the argument could be honestly made for either one. Both of these products will do the job admirably. My real opinion is that you should not be focusing on the hardware. Ricoh, Konica and Canon products are the best out there without a doubt and the rest are lagging way behind. From a hardware standpoint you can't go wrong with any of them. The real choice you need to make is who the vendor is going to be, not the brand on the front of the box.

    What's the vendor's reputation in your local community??? That is probably the best way to choose the equipment. If the vendor doesn't set up the machine so you get the maximum benefit from it, if they put the deal with a $h11tty leasing company, if it takes them a week to show up and replace a part, it won't much matter what brand of hardware you bought. Choice of vendor is 10X more important than the brand on the front of the box today.

    You will find very few who will give you an unbiased opinion on brand of hardware as most in our industry are specifically trained on one or two particular brands. Hopefully what I have told you helps.


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    Re: I need your expert advice: Ricoh MP C6501 SPF vs Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552

    Quote Originally Posted by cccjjn View Post
    I have experience with both products and the argument could be honestly made for either one. Both of these products will do the job admirably. My real opinion is that you should not be focusing on the hardware. Ricoh, Konica and Canon products are the best out there without a doubt and the rest are lagging way behind. From a hardware standpoint you can't go wrong with any of them. The real choice you need to make is who the vendor is going to be, not the brand on the front of the box.

    What's the vendor's reputation in your local community??? That is probably the best way to choose the equipment. If the vendor doesn't set up the machine so you get the maximum benefit from it, if they put the deal with a $h11tty leasing company, if it takes them a week to show up and replace a part, it won't much matter what brand of hardware you bought. Choice of vendor is 10X more important than the brand on the front of the box today.

    You will find very few who will give you an unbiased opinion on brand of hardware as most in our industry are specifically trained on one or two particular brands. Hopefully what I have told you helps.

    Agree totally , ask for references from salesmen that you can verify yourself . From my stsndpoint , I like the KM552 , good reliable machine , colors great and capable of doing a lot .


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    Re: I need your expert advice: Ricoh MP C6501 SPF vs Konica Minolta Bizhub C-552

    If you were looking for just black and white I'd throw Canon into the mix...I do like them. I just think with "office color speed and volume" Konica Minolta is leading with their machines. I like to follow the rule of three...which means investigate three different options before deciding.

    Here's the question though. So you were pleased with the Konica Minolta. Did you like working with the Konica Minolta dealership? Sales, service, support etc., were they good? If you had a good experience with them and the machine I'd see no reason to switch unless they're like double the cost, which I seriously doubt.

    Stick with what's tried and true my friend...unless you're in my area, then buy from me.


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