BLI Names MFP Printer “Pick” Winners
November 28, 2007 - Hackensack (NJ) – Continuing with its prestigious Fall 2007 “Pick” awards, Buyers Lab announced that products from Canon, Dell, Lexmark and Xerox have earned kudos in the monochrome multifunction printer category. Still a key growth area for all of the major vendors, multifunction printers allow customers to consolidate print, copy and scan functionality at a lower acquisition cost than traditional copier-centric MFPs.
Each year, BLI puts numerous products through a rigorous battery of in-depth lab tests, during which the company evaluates all critical performance areas, including reliability, multitasking, image quality, productivity, print drivers, feedback to workstations, administrative utilities, ease of use, network setup, toner yield and more. Twice yearly, BLI acknowledges the products that have given the best overall performance in each competitive category with its “Pick” awards.
And the Fall 2007 Monochrome MFP Printer “Pick” winners are…
CANON U.S.A., INC.
Canon imageCLASS MF4690
Outstanding Networked Personal Monochrome Multifunction Printer
Dell Multifunction Laser 1815dn
Outstanding Small Workgroup Monochrome Multifunction Printer
LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Outstanding Mid-Size Workgroup Monochrome Multifunction Printer
Xerox Phaser 3200 MFP/B
Outstanding Personal Non-Networked Monochrome Multifunction Printer
Lexmark Captures Mid-Size Workgroup Monochrome MFP Award
In the mid-size workgroup monochrome multifunction printer category
, the “Pick” honor goes to the Lexmark X644e. "The X644e offers users the winning combination of excellent reliability, ease of use and image quality we've come to expect from Lexmark products, with the convenience of standard print, copy, fax and scan functionality at a low acquisition cost," said BLI Senior Printer Analyst Marlene Orr. "With encryption, authentication, multiple LDAP features, the ability to disable various functions and to set up accounts using MarkVision to restrict access to various functions, its offering of security features is also very impressive."
"With outstanding print quality, impressive speed and unique features such as the intuitive eTask touch-screen interface, the Lexmark X644e is designed to improve productivity by helping customers bridge the digital and paper worlds easily, quickly and more securely," said Marty Canning, Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services Division. "We are very pleased to receive this recognition from BLI."
Dell Recognized In Small Workgroup MFP Printer Category
Selected as the winner of BLI's “Pick” award in the small workgroup monochrome multifunction printer category
, the Dell Multifunction Laser Printer 1815dn provided an impressive performance throughout testing. “The Dell 1815dn offers outstanding reliability, admirable image quality in print and copy modes and excellent productivity at a low acquisition cost,” said BLI Senior Test Engineer Paul DePaolo. “A standard network interface, automatic duplexing and a USB port on the front of the device that allows users to print from or scan to a USB thumb drive further adds to its value.”
"Receiving BLI's Fall Pick award for the Dell Multifunction Laser 1815dn underscores Dell's consistent delivery of what customers most value: exceptional reliability and performance," said Tim Peters, vice president of Dell printing and imaging. "This award further emphasizes how Dell continues to re-define industry standards by providing the best printing products."
Canon Honored In Networked Personal MFP Printer Category
In the networked personal monochrome multifunction printer category, the Canon imageCLASS MF4690 was selected as BLI's “Pick” winner. Providing an impressive performance throughout testing, the Canon imageCLASS MF4690 provides strong reliability, an advanced feature set and impressive ease of use. “A personal multifunction printer with an extensive feature set in a small footprint, the imageCLASS 4690 includes a number of features not normally found on personal devices,” said BLI's European Lab and Research Manager David Sweetnam. “A standard network interface, automatic duplexing and advanced scanning features, including file compression for efficient transfer of color files, the ability to scan directly to a USB thumb and a software bundle with document management, make it an excellent choice for users with more complex needs that want a desktop MFP.”
Xerox Takes Award in Non-Networked Personal Monochrome Category
Xerox was acknowledged in the personal non-networked monochrome multifunction printer category
, with the Phaser 3200 MFP/B being selected as the “Pick” winner. Marlene Orr, senior printer analyst for BLI, stated, "The Xerox Phaser 3200 MFP offers remarkable ease of use, exceptional reliability and good-quality output in an extremely compact footprint. Taking up no more space on the desktop than a personal printer, it's a great choice for small offices and home offices that need a desktop printer with convenience copying, scanning and faxing.”
“Customers shouldn't have to sacrifice advanced features or affordability when purchasing a multifunction printer,” said Robin Wessel, director of product marketing, Xerox Office Group. “It's rewarding that Buyers Laboratory recognizes the Phaser 3200MFP as an excellent combination of features and value for any small or medium business.”
Stay tuned for additional Buyers Lab "Pick" award announcements in the following categories:
December 3: Outstanding Color Printers & Color Printer MFPs
December 5: Printer Line of the Year
December 7: Outstanding Scanners and Solutions
December 10: Outstanding Segment 1 and 2 Copier MFPs
December 12: Outstanding Segment 3 and 4 Copier MFPs
December 17: Outstanding Segments 5 and 6 Copier MFPs
December 17: Copier MFP Line of the Year
About Buyers Laboratory
For more than 45 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office-equipment testing 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 BLI's US and UK laboratories, the company has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company's databases cover 10,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry's most trustworthy and complete source for global competitive intelligence. They are available to BLI subscribers online via the company's bliQ competitive information service. This encyclopedic resource also provides quick and easy access to BLI's First Look Reports, Field Test Reports, Lab Test Reports, Solutions Reports, Digital Imaging Review and Business Consumer's Advisor newsletters and OEM library.
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