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Canon, Konica Minolta and KYOCERA Win BLI Picks in the A3 MFP Category

Summer 2016

Fairfield, NJ – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) today announced the winners of its coveted Pick awards for the Summer 2016 season, with Canon, Konica Minolta and KYOCERA earning accolades for their outstanding products. The leading provider of intelligence on the document imaging and 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.

BLI’s Summer 2016 Picks go to the following top performers:

Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Outstanding 61- to 70-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP

Outstanding 71- to 80-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP

Outstanding 81- to 90-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP

Outstanding 91- to 105-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.

bizhub C308
Outstanding 21- to 30-ppm A3 Color MFP

bizhub 227
Outstanding 21- to 30-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP

KYOCERA Document Solutions America, Inc.

Outstanding Achievement in Innovation for its Waste Toner Design

Canon Winners Offers Outstanding Reliability, Easy Operation and High-Quality Output
Four of Canon’s newest imageRUNNER ADVANCE models have been chosen as the best in their respective categories. “Each of Canon’s Summer 2016 BLI Pick winners exhibited excellent reliability in testing,” said BLI Senior Editor George Mikolay. “Because each device offers a class-leading 6,000,000-impression drum yield, as well as remote access to service mode and firmware upgrades, the four imageRUNNER ADVANCE models tested promise maximum uptime in your high-volume office environments. The devices are also loaded with convenience- and productivity-enhancing features, including a customizable control panel and intuitive print driver design, and support for mobile printing and cloud-based services. Equally impressive is the high-quality printed output each device displayed, with fully formed and dark characters, distinct fine lines, bold solids and clear transitions from light to dark shades.”

Konica Minolta Devices Stand Out for Reliability and Efficiency-Enhancing Capabilities
Busy workgroups need an MFP that keeps workflow moving throughout the day and Konica Minolta’s BLI Summer 2016 Pick winners do just that. “The Konica Minolta bizhub C308 and bizhub 227 are designed to keep your small- to mid-size workgroup productive,” said BLI Manager of Lab Operations Joe Ellerman. “Excellent reliability, user-replaceable drums and high paper capacities minimize downtime, while the BLI award winning MyTab in the drivers lets you set preferences and shortcuts at the desktop and up to 25 shortcut keys saves time for walk-up users. You can also sync your smartphone or tablet to the MFP to simplify mobile printing.”

KYOCERA’s New Waste Toner Design Reduces Waste, Cuts Back on Costs
Being eco-conscious when it comes to office equipment is nothing new for KYOCERA, but with its latest innovation, the company has taken savings to the next level, earning a BLI Outstanding Achievement in Innovation. “Because KYOCERA’s new A3 MFP lineup lets you use an expired black toner bottle as a waste container, customers will likely see a reduction in waste generated, storage requirements for supplies, as well as downtime and service costs, with no need to send out a tech with a replacement waste toner container,” said Mikolay.

About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

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