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

Fairfield, NJ – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) today announced the winners of its sought-after Pick awards for the Summer 2016 season, with Brother, Pantum and Ricoh receiving honors for their outstanding products.

The leading provider of intelligence on the document imaging and software solutions industry, BLI has been putting products to the test for more than 50 years. BLI Pick awards, presented twice annually, acknowledge the hardware and software offerings that measure up as the best in their respective categories throughout rigorous lab testing during the previous six months. Unique in the industry, the comprehensive tests assess a wide range of the most important features and performance factors for buyers.

The Summer 2016 Monochrome Printer/MFP Pick winners are:


HL-L5000 Series
Outstanding Printer for Small Workgroups

HL-L6400 Series
Outstanding Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups

MFC-L5000 Series
Outstanding MFP for Small Workgroups

Outstanding MFP for Mid-Size Workgroups


M6600 Series
Outstanding Personal MFP


(also sold under the Lanier and Savin brand names)
Outstanding Ledger-Capable Desktop MFP

Brother Sweeps Small and Mid-Size Categories
Brother’s monochrome models demonstrated winning performances in BLI lab testing, winning Picks in the small and mid-size workgroup categories for both printers and MFPs for the Summer 2016 season. “Brother’s new monochrome printers and MFPs are built with the business user in mind, providing outstanding reliability, high-quality output, affordability and an intuitive design that boosts worker productivity,” said BLI Director of Office Equipment Product Analysis Marlene Orr. “The MFC-L5000 series MFPs and HL-L5000 series printers are a great choice for small workgroups, thanks to their compact yet robust design and competitive to lower than average cost of ownership. The MFC-L6900 and HL-L6400 are true workhorse models, offering excellent reliability with no slowdowns during peak usage, class-leading paper capacity and long-life consumables for greater cost savings and reduced environmental impact.”

Pantum Offers Compact Choice for Individuals
Simplicity and affordability has won Pantum a Summer 2016 Pick award. “A great choice as an entry-level device, the Pantum M6600 series delivers big features in a small package and an even smaller price,” said BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri. “With support for mobile printing, easy-to-use scan utilities and fast speeds for common job types, the M6600 gives low-volume users all the functionality they need.”

Ricoh Defines New Category for Office Flexibility
Innovation is key to success in the highly competitive monochrome market. To address the changing needs of office users, Ricoh has defined a new category of product to provide flexibility and affordability to office users, ultimately earning a Summer 2016 Pick in the Ledger-Capable Desktop MFP category. “The Ricoh MP 305SPF is the best of copier and printer technology combined, making it an ideal choice for a variety of office environments,” said BLI Senior Editor Simon Plumtree. “The MP 305SPF includes a large smartphone style touchscreen panel to simplify programming, offers the robust functionality of a floor-standing copier, and provides 11"-x-17" output, despite being compact enough to be placed on the desktop.”

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