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HP and Lexmark Win BLI “Picks” in Multiple Color Printer and MFP Categories

July 19, 2012 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC, the world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, honored HP and Lexmark with “Picks” for several models deemed the best of the color models evaluated in the past six months.

After analyzing the results for the top performers in a range of printer and MFP categories, BLI presented its prestigious “Pick” awards to the following products:


HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY

HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color MFP M575 Series
Outstanding A4 Color MFP for Mid-Size Workgroups

HP LaserJet Pro 400 color MFP M475 Series
Outstanding A4 Color MFP for Small Workgroups

HP LaserJet Pro 400 color M451 Series
Outstanding A4 Color Printer for Small Workgroups

HP LaserJet Pro 300 color MFP M375nw
Outstanding Personal A4 Color MFP

HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One Printer
Outstanding Entry-Level Business Inkjet All-in-One



LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Lexmark OfficeEdge Pro4000/Pro5500 Series
Outstanding Business-Class Inkjet AIO

Lexmark X950de
Outstanding A3 Color MFP for Large Workgroups

Lexmark C950de
Outstanding A3 Color Printer for Large Workgroups

Hewlett-Packard Sweeps Five Color Printer “Pick” Categories
Taking BLI “Pick” awards for personal and inkjet devices, as well as in small and mid-size workgroup categories, five legal-size HP color printers and MFPs were chosen for their ease of use and productivity-enhancing features. “HP has always been a leader when it comes to color products and the models tested this year are no exception,” said BLI Senior Analyst for A4 MFPs and Printers Marlene Orr. “HP has brought higher-level functionality—full-color touchscreens, ePrint, Web apps and software integration—to lower-priced devices to meet the changing needs of all levels of business users.” While the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color MFP M575 series is built on HP OXPd architecture to integrate with an array of HP and third-party solutions that can improve productivity and streamline workflows, the LaserJet Pro 400 color MFP M475 Series, LaserJet Pro 400 color M451 Series and LaserJet Pro 300 color MFP M375nw are Web-connected, allowing users to download apps that let users access and print Web content on demand at the easy-to-use touchscreen control panel. The Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One is also Web-connected and includes a standard wireless interface.

Lexmark Wins for Business-Class Inkjets and A3 Color Laser Flagship Models
Four Lexmark color products have taken BLI “Picks” for their performance, flexibility and ease of use: winning in the large workgroup category are the Lexmark C950de printer and its MFP sister, the X950de, and in the business-class inkjet category is the OfficeEdge Pro 4000/5500 series. All of the winning devices offer excellent reliability, high tested consumables yields and are simple to use via the graphical universal print drivers and the touchscreen control panels.

“Because the C950de and X950de are built on Lexmark Embedded Solutions Framework (eSF), workflow software can integrate with either device to help boost productivity and lower output costs,” said David Sweetnam, head of BLI’s European Research and Lab Services. “And strong security features and the MarkVision Enterprise fleet management tool make these devices a welcome addition to the network.”

"Lexmark's C950 and X950 Series of color lasers accelerate the productivity of workgroups that require high performance, which is provided by an intuitive user interface, vibrant color quality, and a wide range of flexible media handling and advanced finishing options," said Marty Canning, Lexmark executive vice president and president of Imaging Solutions and Services. "They serve as strong, complementary products to our industry-leading portfolio of A4 printers and MFPs, especially the color workgroup lineup, and Lexmark would like to thank BLI for the recognition of these products."

“The OfficeEdge Pro 4000/5500 series products offer small business users a real alternative to entry-level laser devices, with fast speeds from the host-based driver and compatibility with the Lexmark Universal Print Driver, which streamlines driver deployment and reduces the learning curve for users,” said BLI’s Orr. “And they get this for a lower cost of ownership lower than for laser devices we’ve tested.”

"The Lexmark OfficeEdge Series is a new generation of business-class inkjet devices that pushes the boundaries of what inkjet MFPs can do for busy small workgroups," said Lexmark’s Canning. "The innovation and rich feature set engineered into these products makes them a viable alternative when compared to entry-level color laser MFPs on the market today. Lexmark is honored by BLI’s recognition of the OfficeEdge Series."

Stay tuned for upcoming Buyers Lab “Pick” and “Outstanding Achievement” award announcements in the following categories:
July 20: Wide-Format Picks and Outstanding Achievement Awards

About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

For more information on Buyers Laboratory LLC, please call (201) 488-0404, visit www.buyerslab.com, or e-mail info@buyerslab.com.

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