Printers/Printer MFPs Color Printers/MFPs Earn BLI Summer 2016 Pick Awards Summer 2016

Fairfield, NJ – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) today announced the winners of its coveted Pick awards for the Summer 2016 season, with exceptional products from Dell, HP, KYOCERA and Lexmark being honored as the best in their respective categories.

The leading provider of intelligence on the document imaging industry, BLI has been putting products through rigorous lab testing for more than 50 years. Presented twice annually for hardware products and once a year for software solutions, BLI Pick awards recognize the document imaging offerings that proved superior in their respective categories during the preceding evaluation period. Unique in the industry, the comprehensive hardware tests assess a wide range of the most important attributes such as reliability, feature set, image quality, security and environmental features, and value. Consequently, a BLI Pick is a hard-earned award that buyers and IT directors can trust to better guide them in their acquisition decisions.

The Summer 2016 Color Printer/MFP Pick winners are:


Color Cloud Multifunction Printer H825cdw
Outstanding Color MFP for Small Workgroups


Color LaserJet Pro MFP M377dw
Outstanding Personal Color MFP

PageWide Pro 552dw
Outstanding Color Printer for Small Workgroups

PageWide Pro MFP 577 Series
Outstanding Color MFP for Small Workgroups

PageWide Enterprise Color 556 Series
Outstanding Color Printer for Small to Mid-Size Workgroups

PageWide Enterprise Color MFP 586 Series
Outstanding Color MFP for Small to Mid-Size Workgroups


TASKalfa 406ci 
(Also sold under the Copystar brand name)
Outstanding Color MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups


CS725 Series 
Outstanding Color Printer for SMBs 

CX725 Series 
Outstanding Color MFP for SMBs 

CX820/CX825 Series 
Outstanding Color MFP for Large Workgroups

CX860 Series 
Outstanding Departmental Color MFP

Dell’s Cloud-Connectivity Takes the Prize
Business users have been turning to the cloud to get more for less, and this is especially true in small offices. Dell’s implementation of cloud-connectivity has earned the H825cdw a Pick for the Summer 2016 season. “The Dell Color Cloud Multifunction Printer H825cdw is a solid entry-level MFP for small workgroups, providing the functionality they need most for a low cost,” said BLI Test Technician Rich Holloway. “The clean, simple design of the panel makes navigating menus a snap, while the cloud OCR software lets users create editable documents from scanned pages without having to buy optional software or open the document at their PC.”

HP Delivers Excellence in Five Categories
HP color printers and MFPs have often been honored as BLI Pick winners, and the latest are being recognized in particular for their innovation and affordability. “The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M377dw is a compact and affordable choice for smaller environments, providing ease of use, great color output and flexible features, like mobile print support, secure printing and preloaded business apps,” said Marlene Orr, Director of Office Equipment Product Analysis at BLI. “And for larger environments, HP’s latest-generation PageWide models provide the speed, reliability and robust feature set of laser, but with an extremely low cost of ownership and more environmentally conscious design.”

KYOCERA’s Legal-Size Model Wins with Robust Design
KYOCERA’s latest A4 color model brings the company’s robust copier functionality to the forefront, while giving business users a compact and affordable option.  “For environments that don’t need ledger-size output, the TASKalfa 406ci is an excellent choice,” said BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri. “The TASKalfa 406ci delivers great color output, is easy to use and offers the robust finishing options of a copier. But it’s priced like a legal-size device. And available Tiered Color Billing plans mean even greater savings for mixed color pages.”

Lexmark Products Triumph from Low- to High-Volume Categories
Lexmark’s new generation of color printers and MFPs have impressed BLI analysts in the Summer 2016 test season, taking home four Pick awards for every category of product tested.  “From SMBs to enterprise environments, business users can’t go wrong with Lexmark’s exceptional color printers and MFPs,” said BLI’s Orr. “The models in the Lexmark CX800 series, CX700 series and CS700 series deliver outstanding color quality, excellent reliability, class-leading speeds and unparalleled ease of use, thanks to their intuitive design and large customizable touchscreen panels. Even better, these Lexmark color printers and MFPs provide a low cost of ownership to help remove some of the barriers to adopting color in the office.”

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