Konica Minolta Wins BLI’s 2011 MFP “Line of the Year” Award
January 12 - Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Lab, the leading global provider of information and testing services to the digital imaging industry, today announced the winner of its most coveted award—“MFP Line of the Year”—with Konica Minolta receiving the honors.
BLI’s “Line of the Year” is awarded once a year to the OEM whose product line is determined to be the best overall in its category based on the cumulative test results of all model’s tested in BLI’s rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation. Among the many factors considered are reliability, image quality, productivity, ease of use, scanning, a host of connectivity attributes and overall value. Also considered is the breadth of the OEM’s line and its ability to provide quality products suitable to a broad spectrum of customer needs, from low-volume to high-volume.
In the last year, Konica Minolta has won more MFP “Picks” than any other vendor. “Time and again, Konica Minolta’s line has proven itself in the areas that matter most to end users—reliability, ease of use, productivity and image quality,” said George Mikolay, senior product editor, A3/Copier MFPs. “With outstanding performances in these key areas, along with attractive pricing and robust feature sets across its color and monochrome lines, it became readily apparent that Konica Minolta is the vendor to beat for 2011.”
Over the last 12 months, Konica Minolta has won six “Picks” for its business color products, earning awards in virtually every speed range, from 22 to 65 ppm. Every model tested proved extremely reliable and offered strong productivity, including in BLI’s color job stream test, meant to simulate real-world office use. They also offer good duplex copy and print, which is crucial as organizations attempt to lower running costs and improve environmental friendliness. Exceptional image quality is another hallmark of the devices. “Color print quality is a big differentiator for Konica Minolta,” said BLI Manager of Laboratory Testing Pete Emory. “Unlike the majority of business color models we test, Konica Minolta’s products maintain extremely good and consistent output from start to finish over the course of our high-volume tests. So much so that if I need to output a long-run job containing color elements on a business color device, I’d choose these Konica Minolta engines nearly every time.” All of the “Pick” winning models received high marks for both business graphics and photographic images. For more graphics-intensive environments, an EFI Fiery controller is also available for all the models from 28 ppm and above.
Not to be outdone by its color brethren, every one of Konica Minolta’s monochrome models tested in the last year earned accolades. Konica Minolta now has “Picks” in virtually every speed range in monochrome from 22 ppm to 75 ppm, with six currently available monochrome “Pick” winners in its line. As with their color counterparts, reliability was exceptional, and the devices stood out for their above-average performances in BLI’s real-world job stream test and very good to excellent print productivity for producing sets of single- and double-sided documents.
Common to both the color and monochrome winners is very good overall ease of use and comprehensive security measures, including standard hard drive overwriting. Third-party software developers can also integrate their document management and cost accounting solutions with the devices via bizhub Extended Solution Technology (bEST). “All of the models BLI tested this year are also priced competitively to lower than average for their respective groups and typically offer strong features sets to boot, making them an exceptional value for buyers,” said Mikolay.
“We are honored to once again receive this prestigious award from a leading industry voice such as BLI,” said Kevin Kern, senior vice president, marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Receiving the Line of the Year award from BLI highlights our success and commitment to delivering industry-leading products that address and surpass the requirements of our customers of all sizes. As we move into 2011, Konica Minolta will remain committed to our global mission of ensuring that customers can count on Konica Minolta for award-winning technology that meets their entire spectrum of digital printing needs.”
Stay tuned for upcoming Buyers Lab “Pick” award announcements in the following categories:
January 13: Outstanding Achievement for Energy Efficiency
January 14: A4
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