Buyers Laboratory Announces "Spring Pick" Awards Schedule
Industry Eyes Will Be On BLI Throughout June
May 25, 2005 -- HACKENSACK, New Jersey -- Today, Buyers Laboratory Incorporated ("BLI")
released the schedule for announcing its "Spring Pick" awards for the most outstanding products
in the office document imaging industry. BLI’s awards are unique, as they are the only awards in the industry
that are based on rigorous, extended laboratory tests conducted by an independent laboratory.
The products are evaluated by technical and editorial teams that have decades of experience in testing equipment
of this kind.
"Too often, today’s buyers
assume that any product that is called digital is reliable or functions as
advertised in every respect, and some may unknowingly rely on awards from
companies that spend only a few hours or less with a product," said Tony
Polifrone, BLI’s Managing Director. "Our experience in the lab reveals those
assumptions don’t always apply. Only in the lab do we have a chance to test a
product’s reliability; its ability to handle the complex job streams that
multifunctional products must handle in today’s offices; and assess the true
hard and ‘soft costs’ of owning the product. Today these products are more
complex than ever and are connected to critical office networks, often as part
of multi-million dollar document management strategies. The cost of purchasing a
machine that fails to meet the expectations of users, technology gatekeepers and
senior managers, has never been greater."
"BLI reports are an
incomparable way for buyers to find the right product for their requirements.
Awarded twice each year, BLI ‘Picks’ are the products our analysts
identified as those that have, in BLI’s judgment, the most important features
at the best value, and perform at the highest level," said Mark Lerch, BLI
Chief Operating Officer. "A product that carries a BLI ‘Pick’ distinction deserves careful
consideration from buying managers. ‘Pick-winning’ OEMs have subjected their
product to that extra level of comprehensive scrutiny and passed the test with
flying colors. That speaks eloquently to the product and the manufacturer.”
"Picks" will be awarded every Monday and Wednesday in June, as follows.
||Color Printers/Printer MFPs
||Monochrome Printers/Printer MFPs
||Special Achievement/Recognition Awards for Printers
||Segment 3 & 4 Copier-Based MFPs
||Segment 1 & 2 Copier-Based MFPs
||Segment 5 & 6 Copier-Based MFPs; Color MFPs
||Special Achievement/Recognition Awards
About Buyers Laboratory
For over 40 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office
equipment test lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing
the industry’s most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office
document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on
testing in the company’s 10,000-square-foot lab, BLI has been the leading
source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers,
printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company’s
databases, which cover more than 6,000 products and have a long-standing
reputation for being the most reliable and complete, are available to
subscribers in the form of printed specification guides, as well as CD-based
and online product comparison software programs.
In response to significant subscriber demand, Buyers Lab has added Field Test
Reports to its menu of products and services. These supplements to BLI’s unique
and extensive Lab Test Reports provide subscribers with preliminary product assessments
as soon as possible after products are introduced. As a result, Buyers Lab is able to meet
its subscribers’ needs for quick and early product reviews, while continuing to provide
them with the comprehensive product assessments that are only available from a BLI Lab Test
With its Buyers Alliance program, Buyers Lab also provides comprehensive
purchasing support services to business consumers in the process of
acquiring office equipment, which includes creating customized RFPs and
conducting on-site document imaging device usage assessments. In addition,
Buyers Laboratory provides a vast array of confidential for-hire custom
testing services, including document imaging device beta testing, print
controller testing, and the testing of consumables, such as paper, toner,
ink, transparencies and photoconductors.
For more information on Buyers Laboratory, please visit www.buyerslab.com,
call (201) 488-0404 or e-mail email@example.com.