BLI Honors the Best Color Printers and Printer MFPs with Pick Awards

Summer 2014

BLI Honors the Best Color Printers and Printer MFPs with Pick Awards

July 16, 2014 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) announced the winners of its highly anticipated Summer 2014 Pick awards in the color printer and printer MFP categories today, with devices from Dell, HP, Kyocera, Ricoh and Samsung receiving the honors. The world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, BLI announces its Pick awards twice a year in recognition of the products that gave the best performances in BLI’s comprehensive suite of laboratory tests in the previous six months.

Dell Inc.
Dell C2665 Multifunction Color Laser Printer
Outstanding A4 Color MFP for Small Workgroups

Dell C2660 Color Laser Printer
Outstanding A4 Color Printer for Small Workgroups

Hewlett-Packard Company
HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M680 Series
Outstanding A4 Color MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups

HP Officejet Enterprise Color MFP X585 Series
Outstanding A4 Color MFP for Small to Mid-Size Workgroups

HP Officejet Enterprise Color X555 Series
Outstanding A4 Color Printer for Small to Mid-Size Workgroups

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M651 Series
Outstanding A4 Color Printer for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups

KYOCERA Document Solutions America, Inc
KYOCERA ECOSYS M6026cidn/M6526cidn
Outstanding Solutions-Enabled A4 Color MFP for Small Workgroups

Ricoh Americas Corporation
Ricoh Aficio SP C830
(also sold under the Lanier and Savin brands)
Outstanding A3 Color Printer for Large Workgroups

Ricoh Aficio SP C831
(also sold under the Lanier and Savin brands)
Outstanding A3 Color Departmental Printer

Ricoh SG 7100
(also sold under the Lanier and Savin brands)
Outstanding A3 Inkjet Printer

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung MultiXpress CLX-8650
Outstanding A4 Color MFP for Large Workgroups

Samsung Xpress C1860
Outstanding Personal Color MFP

Samsung Xpress C1810
Outstanding Personal Color Printer

Dell Color Products the Clear Choice for Small Workgroups
Dell has proven itself to be the best choice for small workgroups this test season, with the C2665 Color Multifunction Printer and its sibling, the C2660 Color Laser Printer, taking home BLI’s Summer 2014 Picks for small workgroups in the MFP and printer categories, respectively.

“It’s unusual for such low-priced devices to deliver such high-quality professional looking output,” said BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri.

These units offer strong feature sets, including impressive mobile print support for Android and iOS. To simplify mobile printing in Windows 8.1 environments, the units use near field communication (NFC) that lets users connect their NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets to the device with a simple tap. The C2665 also provides access to Dell Document Hub, which lets users scan directly to popular cloud storage services from the control panel, and process them via OCR software in the cloud, with no PC required. Winner of a Summer 2014 Outstanding Achievement award, Dell Document Hub enables users to easily search across all storage services and print documents from the control panel as well.


“Customers can help increase office efficiency with the dependable Dell C2660dn, offering fast print speeds and energy-saving features at a great value. And single sign-on access to multiple cloud storage services through an intuitive touch interface, the ability to scan to a variety of destinations, mobile printing and NFC capabilities, and a host of other features make the Dell C2665dnf the world’s smartest multifunction printer,” said Don Heath, marketing director for Dell Global Imaging. “We are proud that the C2660 and C2665 have been recognized by BLI as outstanding A4 color devices for small workgroups. Receiving multiple awards from BLI is a testament to our commitment to offering customers reliable, manageable printing solutions of outstanding value that empower them to do even more.”

HP Wins Big Across the Board
HP has claimed four wins, spanning the small to large workgroup categories, for both its printers and MFPs. The Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M680 and its single-function sibling, the Color LaserJet Enterprise M651, and the Officejet Enterprise Color MFP X585 MFP series and its printer counterpart, the Officejet Enterprise Color X555, were recognized for their ease of use, reliability and flexibility.

“HP color printers and MFPs are known for their intuitive design, robust features and strong value,” said BLI Senior Analyst for Printers and A4 MFPs Marlene Orr. “From the preconfigured settings in the PCL driver to the HP Easy Select control panel, users spend less time trying to figure out how to use the features and more time being productive. Administrators will appreciate Web Jetadmin and the built-in color access controls that can help business users save money.”

Another of the many advantages of these devices is their mobile printing capabilities; with support for all forms of HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint and optional HP NFC/Wireless Direct, any of these models would make an excellent choice for environments where workers often print from smartphones and tablets. Moreover, all four devices include an open platform, HP OXP, to integrate with time- and money-saving software solutions.

In BLI’s test, the Color LaserJet models, the M651 and M680, are among the very few models to receive BLI’s excellent rating in all color quality categories evaluated. The inkjet units, the X585 and X555 Series, not only held their own against competitive laser devices, but actually outpaced them in many of BLI’s tests. Combine this with the fact that they also carry a significantly lower cost of ownership than most competitive devices, and the value proposition they offer simply can’t be beat.


“HP is thrilled to win four Summer Picks this year from BLI for our newest A4 printers and MFPs,” said Pradeep Jotwani, senior vice president of LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions for HP’s Printing and Personal Systems Group. “Our latest line of color printers and MFPs provide excellent print quality, cutting-edge workflow features, and advanced security solutions for enterprises. HP is committed to offering enterprise businesses innovative technology such as HP PageWide Technology, available on our Officejet Enterprise X Series for printing at half the cost of color laser, and Flow Technology, which offers advanced workflow features such as super-fast scanning and an integrated keyboard for smooth data entry.”

Kyocera Offers Software Integration for Small Workgroups
The KYOCERA ECOSYS M6026cidn/M6526cidn is BLI’s Summer 2014 Pick for Outstanding Solutions-Enabled A4 Color MFP for Small Workgroups. These models offer seamless integration with software developed by the manufacturer or third parties via the HyPAS embedded platform. “KYOCERA HyPAS is the real value driver,” said BLI European Lab Manager Martin Soane. “Open architecture is of critical importance these days, especially in vertical markets that regularly deploy solutions. Not all devices in this class offer a software platform, so it becomes a true differentiator that can help organizations increase worker efficiency and lower costs.”

“It’s an honor to have Buyers Lab speak so highly of our products,” said Danielle Wolowitz, senior director of product planning and product marketing for KYOCERA Document Solutions America. “At Kyocera, we are addressing the increased demand for desktop MFPs by continually optimizing our award-winning series of A4 devices with our HyPAS business applications, delivering powerful document solutions that satisfy critical workflow demands. Receiving this award from Buyers Lab just further supports our message of a Total Document Solutions approach to our channel partners and in turn their end-customers, by providing devices that really are at the center of a customer’s workflow."

Three Ledger-Size Ricoh Printers Honored With Pick Awards
Proving to be outstanding performers, the Ricoh Aficio SP C830, Aficio SP C831 and SG 7100 are the winners of BLI’s Summer 2014 Pick awards in their respective categories.

“We’ve come to expect strong value and productivity from the Ricoh color printers we test, and the SP C830, SP C831 and SG 7100 are certainly not exceptions,” said BLI’s Maceri. All three devices demonstrated perfect reliability and offer simple maintenance procedures to maximize uptime. In BLI’s speed testing, the devices also excelled in the tests that are key indicators of real-world performance, while intuitive drivers and simple menu navigation help boost worker productivity.

“We’re delighted to be recognized for these products,” said Jason Dizzine, director of technology marketing for Ricoh Americas Corporation. “The Ricoh Aficio SP C830 meets increasing customer demands for environmentally responsible print solutions that still deliver exceptional color quality, while the Ricoh Aficio SP C831 is one of our key color printer offerings for workgroups. And the Ricoh SG 7100 directly addresses a wide range of unmet needs in the new world of work. It’s the perfect middle ground between high-end laser capabilities and consumer-class inkjet convenience.”

Samsung Devices Shine in the Personal and Large Workgroup Categories
The highly reliable, feature-rich Samsung MultiXpress CLX-8650, Xpress C1810 and Xpress C1860 are BLI’s Summer 2014 Picks in their respective categories.

For a low purchase price, all three devices offer impressive functionality, including a number of eco-friendly features that help to further reduce costs. “Impressive image quality and ease of use, whether printing from the PC or programming a job at the panel, are just the beginning. The CLX-8650 offers robust scanning, fast speeds and a low cost per page. And, despite its low price, the C1860 includes a full-color touchscreen, while both it and the C1810 include integrated NFC technology so users can print or scan with a simple tap of their NFC-enabled smartphone on the device,” said BLI’s Orr.


“The Xpress C1860 and C1810 combine various mobile printing solutions, print speed, print quality and energy-saving technology for personal use or SMB environments. And thanks to its world-first dual-core CPU, the CLX-8650 provides up to 1.5 times faster print and scan speeds than competing models in the same class,” said David SW Song, senior vice president of strategy, marketing and sales for Samsung Electronics Printing Solutions Division. “These outstanding awards demonstrate Samsung’s continuous effort to provide powerful performance, lower maintenance costs and an easy to use UI for our customers.”
Stay tuned for Buyers Lab’s final award announcement of the Summer season:
July 17: Outstanding Achievement Awards for Energy Efficiency

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