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Buyers Lab Names HP and Lexmark Top Printer Lines of 2013

January 31, 2013 – Hackensack (NJ) – Thanks to the overall strength of both manufacturers’ product lines, Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) has selected Lexmark International as winner of its “Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year” and Hewlett-Packard Company as the winner of its “Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year.” These accolades, announced once a year, are given to honor the vendors with the best product lines in their respective categories.

The selection is made by BLI’s highly experienced staff of technicians and editors after subjecting more than 80 office printers and MFPs from every major vendor to BLI’s unique battery of laboratory tests. The award recognizes the manufacturers of the best range of printers, from small workgroup to departmental, for demonstrated excellence across the entire product line in BLI lab testing. Factors considered by BLI in selecting “Line of the Year” include reliability, overall economy, ease of use, print quality and productivity, among others.

2013 Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year

2013 Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year

HP Color Line Wins for Flexibility, Ease of Use and Quality
In the past year, the many HP color printers tested by BLI outperformed those of other vendors in several key areas, earning HP BLI's “Color Printer Line of the Year” award for the fourth time since 2008. “From business-class inkjets and personal color laser printers to tabloid-size workgroup models, HP offers an exceptional device to meet the needs of nearly every environment,” said BLI Senior Analyst for A4 MFPs and Printers Marlene Orr. “The HP models we’ve tested performed extremely well, excelling in several categories we evaluate. For example, they are also easy to set up, use and manage on the network thanks to Web Jetadmin, and most include HP’s comprehensive color access control to limit usage and lower cost of ownership.”

BLI Test Technician Joe Ellerman added, “HP’s new MFP control panel design is a favorite of mine. It is so sleek and has a tablet PC feel to it; the menus are well organized and the screen can be customized to better suit users’ needs.”

“Businesses are looking for devices that can make an impact in both cost and employee productivity,” said David Laing, director of future product marketing for HP LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, Printing and Personal Systems Group. “Our latest line of color MFPs provides excellence in print quality and multifunction capabilities that help enable businesses to run more efficiently. We are honored to receive this award from BLI.”

Lexmark’s Monochrome Line Wins for the Fifth Time
For consistently high marks for ease of use, thorough administrative utilities and exceptional overall performance in BLI's testing, Lexmark's monochrome printers and MFPs are again BLI’s choice for “Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year.” This marks the fifth time since 2005 that Lexmark has received this honor. “Lexmark’s monochrome devices have consistently excelled in our lab testing, offering outstanding reliability, productivity and commendable image quality,” said BLI’s Orr. “Plus, solutions integration via embedded Solutions Framework and the eTask interface add flexibility and greatly increase ease of use.”

Tony Maceri, BLI senior test technician, added, “Lexmark’s newest monochrome devices offer class-leading speeds, robust design and superb reliability. From the end-user standpoint, programming jobs from the drivers is simple, as is using the control panel and navigating menus. And with MarkVision Enterprise, administrators can monitor and manage device usage on the network, which can help conserve resources and save money.”

“BLI has recognized Lexmark on four occasions in the past with ‘Line of the Year’ awards for our second-to-none monochrome laser devices, which is a great testament to the robustness, reliability, and enterprise-class features across the entire line, no matter what the price point,” said Marty Canning, Lexmark executive vice president and president of Lexmark Imaging Solutions and Services. “It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award from BLI for the fifth time as we continue to deliver breakthrough features and performance in our product portfolio.”

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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