HP Honored with BLI’s First-Ever Wide Format Technical Printer Line of the Year Award for 2013
November 15, 2012 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the leading global provider of information and testing services to the digital imaging industry, today selected Hewlett-Packard Company as the winner of the first-ever BLI “Wide Format Technical Printer Line of the Year” award. BLI’s most prestigious awards, “Line of the Year” accolades are presented once a year to the vendors whose product lines are determined to be the best overall in their respective categories based on their cumulative test results in BLI’s rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation. Among the many factors considered are reliability, image quality, ease of use and productivity, as well as the breadth of each vendor’s line.
HP’s Designjet T Series Offer Versatility, Speed and File Printing/Sharing from the Cloud
Having tested products from nearly all the players in the market, BLI has found HP’s Designjet T series of technical printers to be superior. With a broad range of models available to satisfy virtually all CAD, engineering and technical print applications, HP’s printers have distinguished themselves in BLI testing, and four of six currently available models tested have earned BLI “Picks” as the best in their respective categories.
“The HP Designjet T series printers offer many impressive features, and BLI recognized the strength of the Designjet product line as soon as the first model, the Designjet T7100, came in the lab for evaluation,” said Joe Tischner, BLI wide format printer analyst. This 42-inch-width, highly productive “Pick” award winner, available in both color and monochrome versions, boasts a print speed that is nearly 50 percent faster than its competitors and features up to a three-roll capacity—uncommon in the inkjet printer industry. Other outstanding models in HP’s line include the dual-roll Designjet T2300 PostScript eMFP, another BLI “Pick” award winner that gave a stunning lab performance in 2011. Though not evaluated, the Designjet T1300 ePrinter is essentially the same device as the T2300, but without the embedded scanner. The single-roll HP Designjet T790 PostScript ePrinter won a BLI “Pick” award earlier this year for “Outstanding Small Workgroup Wide Format Technical Printer.” This unit’s intuitive color touchscreen control panel enables full-color file previews, as well as USB connectivity—both conveniences uncommon among wide-format devices. Currently under test in BLI’s lab is the newly-released, low-cost Designjet T520 ePrinter, geared toward small mobile technical design teams and entry-level users. In light of the fact that many of HP’s Designjet T series models are available in different configurations, e.g., with or without PostScript, as well as in 24-, 36-, 42- and 44-inch sizes, HP clearly offers a best-in-class, “Pick”-worthy model for virtually every customer’s needs.
A key advantage of HP’s product line which helped it earn BLI’s inaugural “Wide Format Technical Printer Line of the Year award” is the company’s multi-faceted Designjet ePrint & Share utility. Winner of a 2011 BLI award for “Outstanding Achievement in Innovation” and available free for all Designjet ePrinter models, ePrint & Share offers extensive collaborative benefits. First tested on the T2300 eMFP, the utility, when accessed on the control panel, enables registered users to scan wide format documents to the cloud and subsequently share those files with any number of users—capabilities that no other line of wide format devices offers. In BLI’s test, the utility enabled quick and easy retrieval of large files on workstations throughout the lab, as well. Moreover, when used as a direct print tool, ePrint & Share effectively eliminates the need for desktop software applications and print drivers, thus increasing workflow productivity. Beyond the confines of BLI’s laboratory, this utility will be a boon to engineering, construction and design teams, enabling them to readily connect with clients globally, sharing files without the need for email attachments or via FTP. “Modifications to design plans and projects can be conveyed quickly to teams worldwide using HP ePrint & Share. It’s a perfect solution for sharing large, multi-page files,” remarked Tischner.
"We are committed to bringing our technical customers a large-format printing portfolio that helps them focus on what they do best—designing and building," said Emre Ozguc, director of worldwide marketing for HP’s Large Format Design Business. "The 'Wide Format Technical Printer Line of the Year' recognition from BLI demonstrates that we are meeting our customers' needs with easy-to-use solutions that keep them connected while on the go.”
BLI’s “Pick” and “Line of the Year” awards in the A3 and A4 printer and MFP categories are scheduled for announcement in January.
About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world’s leading independent provider of analytical information and service 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.
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