BLI Picks Honor Top-Rated Monochrome Printers and Printer MFPs

Winter 2015

BLI Picks Honor Top-Rated Monochrome Printers and Printer MFPs

January 14, 2015 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, announced the winners of its highly anticipated Winter 2015 Pick awards in the monochrome printer and printer MFP categories today, with the honors going to Canon, KYOCERA, Pantum 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.

Canon U.S.A., Inc.
imageCLASS MF227/MF229 Series
Outstanding Personal Monochrome MFP

KYOCERA Document Solutions America, Inc.
ECOSYS M3550idn
Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups

Pantum International Limited
P2500 Series
Outstanding Personal Monochrome Printer

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
MultiXpress M5370LX
Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Large Workgroups

Canon Delivers its Personal Best
Providing the right set of features at a low cost, the Canon imageCLASS MF227/MF229 Series has claimed the BLI Winter 2015 Pick for Outstanding Personal Monochrome MFP. “The imageCLASS MF227/MF229 family is compact, affordable and easy to use,” said BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri. “Add in features like automatic duplexing, a touchscreen, standard wireless interface and support for mobile print apps, you’ve got a great little desktop MFP that’s ideal for low-volume users.”

KYOCERA Strikes Gold Again
The KYOCERA ECOSYS M3550idn has been honored with the BLI Winter 2015 Pick for Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups. “The ECOSYS M3550idn is an excellent choice for business users—offering high reliability, low cost and strong image quality, along with KYOCERA HyPAS technology to allow for the integration with time- and money-saving solutions,” said BLI Senior Editor Priya Gohil.

“We are delighted that our high-speed ECOSYS M3550idn A4 monochrome MFP has been awarded BLI’s Pick for Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups,” said Masayuki Higuchi, president of KYOCERA Document Solutions Asia Limited. “This compact, highly productive and cost-effective device is specially designed for high-volume users who demand a minimum footprint, top reliability and consistent output quality, with superb energy efficiency. The unmatched scan capability, low TEC value and seven-inch customizable panel, together with KYOCERA’s proprietary long-life consumable design, contribute to low running cost and minimum burden on the environment. Customers can also expand the functionality of the device with a number of easy-to-use business applications, developed by KYOCERA and renowned third-party developers, to enhance device productivity and document security.”

Low Cost of Ownership is Pantum’s Winning Ticket
A perfect choice for users in need of a monochrome printer, the Pantum P2500 Series has earned the BLI Winter 2015 Pick for Outstanding Personal Monochrome Printer. “The P2500 Series is dependable, compact and easy to use, but the most outstanding thing about this family is the low cost of ownership, which can mean significant savings over the life of the printer,” said BLI Senior Writer Carl Schell.

Samsung Tablet + MFP Technology = Big Win for Large Workgroups
The Samung MultiXpress M5370LX has won the BLI Winter 2015 Pick for Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Large Workgroups, thanks to its superior productivity, strong reliability and innovative design. “One of the first MFPs on the market to do so, the MX5370 leverages Samung’s tablet technology for the control panel to create a highly customizable, flexible device,” said BLI Senior Analyst for Printers/A4 MFPs Marlene Orr. “Add in superior performance and low cost of ownership for mid- to high-volume users and you’ve got a winner.”

“We are proud to announce that our innovative MultiXpress M5370LX has been awarded the BLI Pick for Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Large Workgroups,” said David SW Song, senior vice president of strategic marketing and sales, Printing Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “The award recognizes the many strengths of the MultiXpress M5370LX, including the ability to power through large printing projects quickly, with a fast rated speed of 55 ppm and up to 80 ipm for double-sided scans. It is also customizable and expandable, providing support for a variety of solutions for XOA. The MultiXpress M5370LX provides various finishing options such a mailbox and stapling. We are confident that this device helps companies establish a smarter and more productive working environment for their office.”

Stay tuned for BLI’s final award announcement of the Winter season:

January 15: Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency awards

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