Three Vendors Take Home “Picks” for Monochrome Printers and MFPs
January 11, 2012 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC, the world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, today announced its “Picks” for the most outstanding monochrome printers and MFPs tested in the past six months, with honors going to models from HP, Samsung and Sharp.
After analyzing the results for the top performers in a range of printer and MFP categories, BLI awarded Winter 2012 “Pick” awards to the following monochrome products:
HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 M603 Series
Outstanding A4 Monochrome Enterprise Printer
HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 M601 Series
Outstanding A4 Monochrome Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups
Samsung Electronics America
Outstanding A4 Monochrome Printer for Large Workgroups
Samsung ML-2955 Series
Outstanding A4 Personal Monochrome Printer
Samsung SCX-4729 Series
Outstanding A4 Personal Networked Monochrome MFP
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America
Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Large Workgroups
Samsung Sweeps Three Categories
Taking home “Pick” awards for its outstanding monochrome devices in the personal printer, personal networked MFP and large workgroup printer categories, Samsung delivers on the promise of reliable, affordable and eco-friendly output devices. “The ML-5012ND combines fast speeds and great output quality with a low price,” said BLI Senior Analyst for Printers and A4 MFPs Marlene Orr. “And the compact and affordable ML-2955ND and SCX-4729 Series help users save money and the environment, thanks to such ‘green’ features as standard duplexing and Samsung’s Easy Eco Driver.”
“At Samsung, we pride ourselves on developing product for our customers’ needs, ranging from the network workgroup to the home office,” said Hyung Han Lee, R&D Planning Group Leader for Samsung Electronics. “We are grateful that BLI has selected the SCX-4729 Series, ML-5012ND and ML-2955 Series products for these awards, as it demonstrates Samsung’s efficient, eco-friendly, and unique design aesthetic that suits all of our customers’ printing needs.”
HP’s High-End Monochrome Printers Deliver Performance and Value
Taking the BLI “Pick” awards in both the enterprise and mid-size workgroup monochrome printer categories, the legal-size HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 M603 and M601 Series printers were chosen for their robust feature set and excellent performance throughout BLI’s two-month evaluation. “Users that need fast, reliable monochrome output can’t go wrong with HP’s M601 and M603 printers,” said BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri. “The M603dn and M601dn offer sharp text, clean lines and dense, dark solids, and include high standard memory to aid in job processing, at a price lower than many competitive models.”
“The HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 M600 line of products, with advances in productivity, manageability and security, was designed to help businesses increase efficiency and improve their document workflow processes,” said Ronald Rugimbana, worldwide product marketing manager for HP. “HP is proud to be honored by BLI in these categories as it highlights our commitment to delivering fast, reliable, high-performing devices for enterprise customers that produce professional quality results for almost every business need.”
Sharp Wins For Ease of Use and Progressive Design
Taking the “Pick” in the large workgroup monochrome MFP category, the Sharp MX-B402/MX-B402SC Series delivers a strong combination of features, impressive image quality and advanced design. Adding to the package is Sharp’s OSA technology, which lets users automate tasks by seamlessly integrating workflow software that can be accessed directly from the control panel. “As scanning becomes increasingly important in office environments, Sharp stays ahead of the curve by focusing on this valuable feature,” said BLI Test Technician Joe Ellerman. “A retractable keyboard and the included Sharpdesk software on the scan-centric model help make scanning easy, but what really impressed me is the ability to scan cards through the document feeder, which can be a real time saver in environments like doctor’s offices."
“We are proud to accept this year’s BLI ‘Pick’ award for the MX-B402SC because we believe Sharp’s innovation has reached a new level with this product,” said George Grafanakis, senior manager of product planning and marketing for Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “From the scan-centric dual-head document feeder to the durable, standard pull-out keyboard, to our Sharp OSA technology that enables a growing number of custom integrated applications, these new models will help businesses streamline their document workflow with greater efficiency. We would like to thank BLI for this award and will continue to develop products that meet our customers’ needs.”
Stay tuned for upcoming Buyers Lab “Pick” award announcements in the following categories:
January 12: Solutions Picks
January 13: A3 Picks
January 17: Solutions Line and A3 Line
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