Line of the Year

HP and Samsung Honored with BLI 2016 Printer/MFP Line of the Year Awards

Winter 2016

Fairfield (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) today announced the winners of its most coveted awards in the Printer/MFP category, selecting HP Inc. as the winner of its 2016 Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year and Samsung Electronics Co., Inc., as the winner of its 2016 Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year. Bestowed once a year by BLI, the world’s leading authority on document imaging devices and solutions, Line of the Year awards honor the manufacturers whose product line is determined to be the best overall in its category based on the cumulative test results of all models tested in BLI’s rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation. The selections are made by BLI’s highly experienced staff of technicians and analysts after subjecting scores of devices from every major OEM to BLI’s exhaustive, comprehensive lab tests.


2016 Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year


2016 Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year

HP’s Color Line Promises Flexibility, Reliability and Value to Business Users
For the sixth consecutive year and seventh time since 2008, HP has claimed BLI’s Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year award. “HP offers a full and complete line of color products that delivers the features, value and versatility that business users need,” said BLI Director of Office Equipment Product Analysis Marlene Orr. “Add in the class-leading reliability and innovation HP is known for and it’s clear why HP is our choice for Color Line of the Year.

“HP is clearly a technology leader in many areas,” Orr continued. “The company’s OXP architecture is a transformative for imaging devices, turning a printer or MFP into a productivity tool through advanced functionality.”  Software developed by HP or third parties seamlessly integrates with the devices, while a variety of mobile print methods, including HP ePrint, ePrint Enterprise and NFC/Wireless Direct technology adds flexibility in how and where users can print.

“HP is focused on meeting the needs of our customers with LaserJet printers that deliver speed, security, and print quality to help them work at their best,” said Tuan Tran, General Manager and Global Head of LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions Business for HP. “We are proud that BLI has recognized HP with its 2016 Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year award.”

Samsung Monochrome Line Wins for Reliability, Innovation and the “Green” Factor
Based on the collective strength of its monochrome printer products, Samsung has won BLI’s Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year award for the fourth time since 2012. “Reliability is the No. 1 concern for most buyers of office equipment—if a machine has a misfeed or is down for service, that is lost productivity for business users,” said BLI’s Orr. “But with Samsung, buyers needn’t worry about reliability, as our testing has proven without a doubt that business users can rely on Samsung for the most reliable option. Of the 12 Samsung monochrome printers and MFPs tested in our lab since 2012, only one model experienced a single misfeed, while all others completed testing flawlessly.”

In addition to the robust design, Samsung’s monochrome products also deliver strong performance and low costs, which are key concerns of business users. Further adding value are the built-in environmentally friendly features—such as toner-save mode, automatic duplexing and the Easy Eco Driver—that not only conserve resources and support green initiatives but help to lower costs, too.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year award,” said David SW Song, Senior Vice President of Strategy Marketing and Sales for Samsung Electronics Printing Solutions division. “Samsung has continually endeavored to develop printing technology with high productivity as well as efficiency. Our primary focus from the beginning has been to provide consumers with optimized printing solutions in the smart office environment and always to exceed their expectations. Quality printouts, intuitive operations and eco-printing systems are among the strengths of our monochrome printers and MFP lines. Samsung Electronics will continue to strive to deliver the best printing solutions.”

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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