BLI Ratings, Awards and Certificates
Laboratory Test Report Ratings
When an OEM submits a copier, printer, fax or multifunction (MFP) product for laboratory testing,
it must endure BLI's rigorous three-month in-house evaluation, during which it is extensively
tested for reliability, productivity (throughput speeds/efficiency), image quality, toner/ink
yields, paper handling, ease of use, multitasking performance (if a multifunctional product)
and connectivity performance, as well as a number of other critical performance and value factors.
When we publish our Laboratory Test Report at the culmination of our testing process, each device receives
one of the following ratings:
||Highly Recommended – this designation is reserved for the best all-around machines that enter our lab and serves as a strong indicator to business consumers that the equipment will perform as designed.
||Recommended – devices receiving this designation have performed well in BLI's tests and should do the same for consumers, thereby earning BLI's seal of approval.
||Recommended, with Notations – these devices have performed well in BLI's laboratory, however certain features or aspects of the machine's performance, in our opinion, require additional scrutiny by business consumers with regard to those shortcomings, which could impact their plans for implementation and use.
||Not Recommended – this designation is reserved for any device that does not meet expectations during the rigorous testing in our lab.
BLI's unique and exhaustive laboratory testing of imaging equipment includes several months
of extensive evaluation of the reliability and durability of each device that enters our lab.
In fact, BLI is the only test lab in the industry that includes reliability testing as part
of its standard in-house test suite and has been addressing this key concern of business
consumers for over 40 years.
When an imaging device meets BLI's rigorous standards for durability and reliability, the
manufacturer is awarded a BLI Certificate of Reliability. Business consumers worldwide
recognize and trust this seal of approval when evaluating proposals on imaging equipment
Field Test Report Ratings
As a complement to BLI's renowned Laboratory Test Reports, we introduced the new Field
Test Report Service in 2004 in order to give business consumers early insight into the quality
and performance of imaging devices. Each report reviews areas like ease of use, copy/print
productivity and image quality and many other features. As part of the appraisal, each of
these key areas, as well as subcategories, receive ratings from one to five stars so that
business consumers can “drill down” to assess areas of particular interest or
concern. Similarly, manufacturers, vendors and dealers can gain invaluable, independent
insight into the strengths and shortcomings of their own and competitive devices.
OEMs and vendors have the opportunity to license reprint rights for any of the awards
they receive from Buyers Laboratory. Please contact
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