Line of the Year

HP And Lexmark Honored With Printer "Line Of The Year" Awards

Fall 2008


December 12, 2008 - Hackensack (NJ) - Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI) is pleased to announce that for 2008, it has given its most prestigious printer awards to Hewlett-Packard Company and Lexmark International, Inc. for “Color Printer Line of the Year” and “Monochrome Printer Line of the Year,” respectively.
Awarded once each year, BLI’s “Printer Line of the Year” awards recognize the vendors whose product lines are the best in their respective categories. The selection is made by BLI’s highly experienced staff of technicians and editors after subjecting scores of office printers of all types from every major vendor to BLI’s unique battery of laboratory tests. For a vendor to be in the running for this award, at least one product from the low-, mid- and high-volume categories must have been subjected to laboratory testing. The product lines that clearly stand out against those of other vendors are awarded this prestigious recognition.
Among the many factors considered by BLI in selecting line of the year are reliability, overall economy, print quality, ease of use, productivity, administrative utilities and feedback to user workstations.
HP Shines For Its Color Product Line
In 2008, the many HP color printers tested by BLI outperformed those of other vendors in several key areas, earning HP BLI's “Color Printer Line of the Year” award. “HP offers an extensive color product line—from business-class inkjets and personal color laser printers to tabloid-size workgroup models,” said BLI Senior Printer Analyst Marlene Orr. “All five of the color printers from HP that we tested in 2008 performed extremely well in our testing, excelling in many of the categories evaluated. They are also easy to set up, use and manage on the network thanks to Web Jetadmin and HP Easy Printer Care.”
BLI Test Technician Joe Ellerman added, “A big plus is that many of HP’s color printers include color access controls that make it easy for administrators to monitor and limit the type and amount of color output allowed from network printers, making them a cost-effective choice for color deployment.”
“HP is dedicated to creating Color LaserJets that produce superlative results for customers who need reliable, easy to manage products that provide overall value to help businesses put their best work forward. As Energy-Star qualified products, HP’s Color LaserJet printers also highlight HP’s longtime environmental responsibility and commitment to helping customers remain environmentally conscious without sacrificing performance or quality,” said David Murphy, senior vice president of LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions for HP. “HP is honored to be given the ‘Color Printer Line of the Year’ accolade by Buyers Lab and we believe that that this recognition truly underscores HP’s unparalleled Color LaserJet line of products.”
Lexmark Sweeps The Monochrome Printer Category
For consistently high marks for ease of use, thorough administrative utilities and exceptional overall performance in BLI's testing, Lexmark's monochrome printers are the obvious choice for “Monochrome Printer Line of the Year.” This marks the second time since 2005 that Lexmark has received this honor. “For several years, Lexmark’s monochrome printers have performed admirably in our lab testing, offering excellent reliability, productivity and commendable image quality,” said BLI’s Orr. “We also like the flexibility of walk-up printing from a USB flash drive at the control panel.”
Tony Maceri, BLI senior test technician, added, “Lexmark printers are easy to set up, maintain and manage on the network. With MarkVision Professional, administrators have a comprehensive set of tools for managing output devices on the network. From the end-user standpoint, Lexmark’s monochrome printers offer very good ease of use from the drivers,
which are graphical and identical in appearance, simplifying the user experience in environments where both drivers are used.”
“Lexmark's brand line of monochrome laser printers provide outstanding, worry-free printing to any business environment—from a small office to a global enterprise,” said Marty Canning, Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services Division. “Customers can rely on these printing workhorses to deliver benefits such as cost savings and productivity improvements. It is a distinct privilege to have our suite of monochrome laser printers recognized again as 'Monochrome Printer Line of the Year' by BLI.”
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Stay tuned for upcoming Buyers Lab “Pick“ award announcements in the following categories:
December 15: Special Awards
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Since 1961, Buyers Lab has been the leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry's most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI's US and UK laboratories, the company has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company's databases cover over 10,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry's most trustworthy and complete source for global competitive intelligence. They are available to BLI subscribers online via the company's bliQ competitive information service. This encyclopedic resource also provides quick and easy access to BLI's First Look Reports, Field Test Reports, Lab Test Reports, Solutions Reports, and BLI-produced articles.
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