Fairfield (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the world's leading independent provider of testing services and analytical information to the document imaging industry, announced the winners of its highly anticipated Winter 2016 Pick awards in the monochrome printer and printer MFP categories today, with the honors going to outstanding devices from Dell, HP, OKI, Ricoh and Samsung. Awarded twice annually, Picks acknowledge the products that gave the best performances in BLI’s extensive suite of lab tests in the previous six months.
Outstanding Personal Printer
MP E515 Series
Outstanding Personal MFP
LaserJet Pro MFP M426 Series
Outstanding MFP for Small Workgroups
LaserJet Enterprise MFP M527 Series
Outstanding MFP for Mid-Size Workgroups
OKI DATA AMERICAS
Outstanding Budget-Friendly MFP for Mid-Size Workgroups
RICOH AMERICAS CORPORATION
(also sold under the Lanier and Savin brands)
Outstanding Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups
(also sold under the Lanier and Savin brands)
Outstanding A3 Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
ProXpress M4530 Series
Outstanding Printer for Large Workgroups
Dell Proves to be the Best Choice for Individual Users
Dell has earned two Pick awards in the personal category thanks to the devices’ strong value and flexible mobile printing options. “For users in need of a low-volume single- or multi-function monochrome device, you can’t go wrong with the Dell E310dw printer and E515 MFP Series,” said BLI Director of Office Equipment Product Analysis Marlene Orr. “With both of these, users get an easy-to-use device with impressive mobile printing capabilities via the Dell Document Hub app and Apple AirPrint, all for a low total cost of ownership.”
“Dell strives to deliver easy to use printers that boost office efficiency,” said George Toh, Executive Director and General Manager, Dell Global Imaging. “Simple to set up and use, Dell’s E310dw printer and E515 Series MFPs include essential productivity features and Dell Printer Hub, a one-stop printer solution featuring an intuitive interface that integrates printer essentials and cloud connectivity for easy document management and control of the printer. Winning BLI 'Pick' awards for these products are testament to Dell's commitment in improving efficiency through simplification.”
HP Offers Outstanding MFPs for Small and Mid-Size Workgroups
Thanks to ease of use and strong value, HP takes home two printer MFP Picks. “Small and mid-size workgroups can save time and money with HP’s LaserJet Pro MFP M426 Series and LaserJet Enterprise MFP M527 Series,” said Orr. “Packed with time-saving conveniences like a highly intuitive touchscreen control panel, downloadable apps and software solutions to create advanced workflows, and a variety of mobile print options, these LaserJet devices are ideal for today’s modern office environment.”
“HP is delivering LaserJet printers with the speed, security, and print quality our customers need,” said Tuan Tran, general manager and global head, LaserJet Hardware and Enterprise Solutions business, HP. “We are proud that BLI has recognized our HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP 527 Series and HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426 Series with Winter 2016 Pick awards.”
Samsung Offers High Functionality for Low Cost
The Samsung ProXpress M4530 Series proved to be an ideal printer choice for large workgroups, with a performance and feature set that stands out far above the competition. “With a free device management utility that rivals the very best BLI has tested to date, exceptional ease of use thanks to an intuitive control panel and support for a variety of mobile print methods and apps, plus a robust feature set, all for a low total cost of ownership, the Samsung ProXpress M4530 Series is the best choice for large workgroups looking for a monochrome printer,” said BLI Manager of Lab Operations Joe Ellerman.
“We are proud to receive the Outstanding Printer for Large Workgroups award for our ProXpress M4530 Series by Buyers Lab. The ProXpress Series is designed to be simple to use, yet contains sophisticated technology. The M4530 Series prints at fast speeds of up to 47 pages per minute and the 1 GHz dual-core CPU provides the power to accomplish print jobs of any size or complexity. Businesses can save time and reduce expenses thanks to the printer’s long-life drums and extra-high yield toners. We are confident that Samsung ProXpress M4530 Series demonstrates how Samsung Electronics provides the best solutions for creating more productive and efficient working environments for businesses,” said David SW Song, Senior Vice President of Strategy Marketing and Sales, Printing Solutions, Samsung Electronics.
Ricoh Proves to be an Exceptional Value for Mid-Size Workgroups
Ricoh has been recognized with two Picks thanks to the excellent value and plethora of productivity-boosting features that the SP 4520DN and SP 6430DN offer. “Mid-size workgroups looking for a monochrome device aren’t going to find a much better value than the SP 4520DN or the SP 6430DN,” stated Orr. “The SP 4520DN stood out for its remarkably low total cost of ownership and multiple time-saving conveniences including a touchscreen control panel and an embedded software platform to allow for software integration at the panel, both of which are uncommon for single-function printers. Despite its low price, the unique SP 6430DN is a robust choice for business users that supports ledger-size media in a compact footprint.”
“Businesses with limited space still have large ideas, and the Ricoh SP 6430DN is a true A3 desktop printer that easily handles paper sizes up to A3,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Along with our A4 Ricoh SP 4520DN, these LED printers are among the most affordable and reliable monochrome devices in their segments, giving today’s information workers the technology to mobilize content and achieve high-quality results without compromising space. We thank Buyers Laboratory for this recognition as it supports the value these printers bring to our small office and workgroup customers.”
OKI Offers an Outstanding Choice for Budget-Conscious Mid-Size Workgroups
Thanks to its excellent value, ease of use and downtime-minimizing features, the OKI ES5162LP MFP has been recognized with a BLI Pick award in the mid-size workgroup category. “The ES5162LP is a highly affordable workhorse that proved it can meet the demands of heavy-print environments for much less than the competitive devices,” said Ellerman. “With its easy-to-navigate touchscreen control panel and print drivers, simple routine maintenance procedures and perfect reliability, this MFP promises maximum uptime and productivity for busy workgroups.”
“OKI Data Americas is honored that a selection of our devices have been chosen as recipients of BLI’s Winter 2016 ‘Pick’ awards in the Outstanding Budget-Friendly MFP category,” said Hiroyuki Fukushima, Vice President of Office Solutions Product Marketing for OKI Data Americas. “The strong performance of these multifunction devices throughout BLI’s rigorous laboratory testing process underscores OKI’s commitment to providing high-quality, productive, reliable and cost effective printing solutions at an exceptional value.”
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