Line of the Year

BLI Honors Lexmark and Ricoh with "Printer Line of the Year" Awards

Fall 2005

BLI Honors Lexmark and Ricoh with "Printer Line of the Year" Awards

December 6, 2005 - Hackensack (NJ) - Buyers Laboratory Inc (BLI) is pleased to announce that for 2005, it has given its most prestigious printer awards to Lexmark International, Inc. for "Most Outstanding Monochrome Printer Line of the Year" and to Ricoh Corporation for "Most Outstanding Color Printer Line of the Year."

Each year, BLI performs its rigorous laboratory evaluations on numerous printers in each category of the printer market from all major industry vendors, ranging from personal printers to large workgroup and departmental printers in both the monochrome and color arenas. Among the many factors considered by BLI in selecting line of the year are reliability, overall economy, print quality, ease of use and setup, productivity, administrative utilities and feedback to user workstations.

For consistently outstanding performance in BLI's testing, Lexmark's monochrome printers were the clear choice for "Monochrome Printer Line of the Year." BLI Senior Test Engineer Paul DePaolo said, "Lexmark's monochrome printers continually perform well in our lab testing. From their entry-level personal printers to their large workgroup and departmental models, these printers are solid workhorses that have easily stood up to our rigorous in-house testing almost always without misfeeds or malfunctions. Not only that, but they are easy to set up and the MarkVision Professional software makes managing Lexmark and other devices on the network very easy."

"Our new line of monochrome laser printers offers something for everyone, including small office users, all the way up to enterprise customers in a large workgroup," said Paul Rooke, Lexmark executive vice president and president of its Printing Solutions & Services Division. "We have focused our development efforts on customer-driven innovations that uncomplicate printing for our customers, and the new operator panel is just one example of how these devices take ease of use to a whole new level. We are very proud to receive such high recognition from BLI for our efforts."

The group of Ricoh color printers tested by BLI in 2005 outperformed those of other vendors, earning Ricoh BLI's "Color Printer Line of the Year" award. BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri said, "We've tested color printers from Ricoh in the personal/small workgroup, mid-size workgroup and large workgroup color categories and they excelled in all of these categories. Ricoh's color printers offer outstanding ease of use and setup and provide network administrators with very comprehensive management utilities. Also making these products an excellent choice for business are their robust paper-handling capabilities and high toner and ink yields, which translate to decreased downtime, and the low cost per page for color and black output."

"We are deeply honored to be given the coveted 'Color Printer Line of the Year' award from Buyers Laboratory," said Hede Nonaka, Ricoh's vice president of marketing. "At Ricoh, we strive to develop quality products that are innovative and fulfill our customers' document management requirements, and we are pleased to have this prestigious recognition."

The 2005 Printer "Line of the Year" winners are . . .
Most Outstanding Monochrome Printer Line, 2005
Most Outstanding Color Printer Line, 2005



Stay tuned for additional Buyers Lab "Pick" award announcements in the following categories:
December 9th Color Copier-Based MFPs and Special Achievement Awards


Complete coverage on all of the winners will be available to BLI subscribers in the December Digital Imaging Review newsletter. If you are not a subscriber you can purchase a copy of the special “Pick” issue by calling Buyers Lab at 201-488-0404.

About Buyers Laboratory

For over 40 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office equipment test lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry's most comprehensive and accurate specifications and pricing coverage on office document imaging devices (copiers, printers, fax machines and MFPs) in its online database software and newsletters, BLI is highly regarded as being the leading provider of critical product evaluations with its Field and Lab Test Reports. While its Field Test Reports provide BLI's clients with pre-lab performance assessments when products are first introduced, the company's subsequent Lab Test Reports, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI's 10,000-square-foot lab, provide the industry's most extensive and accurate evaluations on document imaging devices. Each of BLI's unique resources is available through subscriptions to bliQ, the company's unique online competitive intelligence tool. Product specification coverage is also available in printed handbooks that are published twice per year.

In addition to independent Field and Lab Testing, Buyers Lab provides a range of confidential for-hire custom testing services that includes document imaging device beta/pre-launch QA testing, print controller testing, and the testing of consumables such as toner, ink and photoconductors, as well as various imaging media, including paper, transparencies and photoconductors.

With its Buyers Alliance program, Buyers Lab also provides comprehensive purchasing support services to business consumers in the process of acquiring office equipment, which includes creating customized RFPs, conducting on-site document imaging device usage assessments and analyzing vendor responses.

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