BLI AWARDS “PICKS” FOR COLOUR PRINTERS AND PRINTER MFPs
December 10, 2008 - Hong Kong — Buyers Laboratory (BLI) today announced the winners of its Fall 2008 “Pick” awards for colour printers and colour printer MFPs, with four vendors taking top honours for their outstanding products.
Over the past six months, BLI, the world”s leading evaluator of document imaging devices, subjected colour printers from the major vendors to its in-depth lab tests. The two-month evaluation includes assessments of reliability, image quality, productivity, print drivers, feedback to workstations, administrative utilities, ease of use, network setup, toner yield and cost of ownership. The outstanding performers in this group to be honoured with BLI's "Pick" awards are the following products from Canon, Dell, HP and Konica Minolta:
Dell Colour Laser Printer 2130cn
Outstanding Small Workgroup Colour Printer
Dell Colour Laser Printer 3130cn
Outstanding Mid-Size Workgroup Colour Printer
Dell 2135cn Multifunction Colour Laser Printer
Outstanding Personal Colour Multifunction Printer
HP Color LaserJet CP3525n
Outstanding Mid-Size Workgroup Colour Printer
HP Color LaserJet CM3530fs MFP
Outstanding Mid-Size Workgroup Colour Multifunction Printer
Canon Colour imageCLASS MF9340C
Outstanding Small Workgroup Color Multifunction Printer
FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C1110
Outstanding Personal Colour Printer
Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C3290 FS
Outstanding Small Workgroup Colour Multifunction Printer
Dell Wins “Picks” In Three Colour Categories
Dell Inc. was recognized in the small and mid-size workgroup colour printer categories and in the personal multifunction printer category. The Dell Colour Laser Printer 2130cn and Colour Laser Printer 3130cn were selected as BLI “Pick” winners in the small and mid-size workgroup colour printer categories. “Both the Dell 2130cn and 3130cn printers offer fast output; are easy to set up, use and maintain; and demonstrated flawless reliability in our extensive testing, making either one a great choice for workgroups,” said BLI Test Technician Joe Ellerman. “Making these printers even more attractive is their very good print quality and low cost per page.”
In the personal colour multifunction printer category, the Dell 2135cn Multifunction Colour Laser Printer earned BLI”s “Pick” award for its admirable performance and user-friendly design. “Most impressive about the Dell 2135cn is its overall design—from the convenient side access for replacing
toner to the ‘floating” design of the scanner that allows users to more easily remove sheets because there is nothing blocking the output tray,” added BLI”s Orr. “That, combined with the unit”s lower than average cost per page and good overall print quality, makes the 2135cn an ideal choice for low-volume users.”
“Winning multiple prestigious ‘Pick” awards from BLI is a testament to Dell”s dedication to designing products that meet our customers” exacting standards of reliability, durability and performance,” said Tim Peters, vice president of Dell”s Singapore Design Center. “Dell”s newest generation of colour laser printers continue to meet and exceed the needs of businesses large and small.”
HP Garners Two Colour “Picks”
Earning BLI “Picks” for mid-size workgroup colour printer and mid-size workgroup colour multifunction printer, the legal-size Color LaserJet CP3525n and its multifunction sister product, the Color LaserJet CM3530fs MFP, demonstrated excellent reliability and very good productivity in BLI”s testing. “Ideal choices for workgroups desiring colour output but still needing robust black output, the Color LaserJet CM3530 MFP and Color LaserJet CP3525 use a high-yield black cartridge that exceeded HP”s rated yield by several thousand impressions,” said BLI”s Ellerman. “And, like many HP products we”ve tested over the years, the CP3525 and CM3530 offer outstanding ease of use. Especially noteworthy is the colour touch-screen control panel on the CM3530, which is uncommon on a desktop unit in this class.”
“We are honoured that the HP Color LaserJet CP3525 and HP Color LaserJet CM3530 MFP have been recognized by Buyer’s Lab Inc. as “Picks” for the Colour Printer and Colour MFP categories respectively - this is continued testament to our commitment in designing reliable products that are easy to use and manage, as well as provide overall value to help businesses succeed,” said Lee Hui Li, Director, LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, HP Imaging & Printing Group, Asia Pacific & Japan. “Continuing to build on our tradition of customer innovation, these new HP Color LaserJets incorporate the latest HP technology innovations that enable customers to accelerate business results, while keeping printing costs affordable. Additionally, HP ColorSphere toners mean more vibrant printouts that achieve significant improvements in gloss and gamut, while HP’s Instant-on Technology reduces energy costs and boosts productivity.”
Canon Awarded “Pick” For Small Workgroup Colour MFP
Taking a BLI “Pick” in the small workgroup colour multifunction printer category, the Canon Colour imageCLASS MF9340C offers a feature set unlike many products in this class. “In addition to its flawless reliability test performance, we were impressed by the wealth of ease of use features that Canon has added to this product, such as the new swivel-mounted 3.5-inch colour TFT screen, a scroll wheel for fast data entry, two host USB ports for print and scan users and SD card printing capability,” said David Sweetnam, BLI”s European lab and research manager. “Printing digital camera pictures from SD and CF memory cards was a very simple process and the capability includes a useful index print feature, a preview mode taking advantage of the vibrant TFT colour screen and the ability to print up to four pictures onto a single page for perfect album size images.”
“We are honoured to receive this BLI award. The imageCLASS MF9340C is being positioned to target small businesses or workgroups who are cost-conscious, and require to produce colour documents almost 70% of the time in A4/LTR/LGL-size output. This is the kind of machines we would recommend for colour print volume of about 1000-3000 pages per month,” said Koji Takanashi, Senior Manager of Business Imaging Solution Division, South/SE-Asia operation, Canon Singapore. “Its rich multifunctional features are supported with the big 768 MB standard RAM for high productivity.”
Fuji Xerox Wins “Picks” For Small Workgroup Colour Printer and Printer MFP
Because of their outstanding performance in BLI’s testing, the DocuPrint C1110 was honoured in the personal colour printer category, while the DocuPrint C3290 FS was selected as a “Pick” winner in the small workgroup colour multifunction printer category. “Both the DocuPrint C1110 and the C3290 FS were both very easy to use and set up—installing the software takes only minutes and requires just six clicks of the mouse,” said BLI Assistant Editor Marc Bussanich. “Even better, both units produce better image quality than most competitive devices we’ve tested.”
“We are very honoured to receive not one but two awards” said Thomas Dijohn General Manager Product Marketing Fuji Xerox Asia-Pacific.” DPC1110 provides outstanding colour documents not only for this class but even compared to much faster and higher priced printers. DPC3290 is first in its class with a wide range of features and solutions providing a significant step up from similar mono and colour single function printers. The BLI test results confirm that it is possible to meet today’s cost conscious climate without jeopardizing print quality”, concludes Thomas Dijohn.
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