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BLI Announces Color MFP "Picks"

Fall 2006
12/13/2006

BLI ANNOUNCES COLOR MFP "PICKS"

December 13, 2006, Hackensack, NJ - Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI) announced the winners of its Fall 2006 "Pick of the Year" awards in the highly anticipated business color MFP category today, with Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox taking the honors in groups that range from entry-level multi-pass systems, all the way up to Segment 4.
 
The leading global provider of intelligence on document imaging products, BLI has been putting business equipment to the test for the past 45 years. Its semi-annual MFP "Pick" awards acknowledge the very best performers in its unique battery of laboratory tests, which evaluate a wide range of performance factors, including reliability, image quality, productivity, ease of use and a host of connectivity attributes.
Outstanding Color MFPs
"Buyers of color MFPs have never been in a better position," said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman. Speeds are going up. Prices are coming down. Image quality is improving. The color models put to the test in the past six months were more impressive than any we've seen to date. Buyers will surely be able to find models that match their needs in terms of capability and budget among the stellar performers that won 'Pick' honors this fall."
 
BLI's color MFP "Picks" were awarded to the following products in categories that correspond to their monochrome speeds:

Outstanding Multi-Pass Business Color MFP, Fall 2006

Xerox WorkCentre 7132
Outstanding Segment 2 Business Color MFP, Fall 2006

Ricoh Aficio MP C2500
(also sold under Ricoh's other brands as the Gestetner DSc525, Lanier LD425c and Savin C2525)
Outstanding Segment 4 Business Color MFPs (41 to 55 ppm), Fall 2006

Sharp MX-4501N
Sharp MX-5500N
Xerox WorkCentre 7655
Outstanding Segment 4 Business Color MFPs (56 to 69 ppm), Fall 2006

Sharp MX-6200N
Xerox WorkCentre 7665

Ricoh Delivers Strong Value
"Ricoh's Aficio MP C2500 stands out not only for its excellent performance, but for its exceptional price point," said Hoffman, pointing out that the MP C2500 is one of the lowest-priced business color MFPs on the market. With a rated speed of 25 ppm in color and black, the Aficio MP C2500 also excelled in BLI's color print productivity tests. "The MP C2500's efficiency rate for BLI's job stream test is the second-highest of the dozens of currently available business color models we've tested, resulting in a higher tested running speed than that of most business color models, even models with higher rated speeds," said Hoffman.
 
"BLI choosing the Aficio MP C2500 as a Fall 2006 'Pick of the Year' is a great honor and validates our commitment to provide the highest quality products in the industry," Ron Potesky, vice president, Corporate Product Marketing, Ricoh U.S., Ricoh Corporation.
Xerox Excels at the Low and High Ends
"All three Xerox color MFPs tested turned in performances that place them at the head of their respective classes," said BLI Associate Editor George Mikolay of the WorkCentre 7132, WorkCentre 7655 and WorkCentre 7665. With a speed of 8 ppm in color and 32 ppm in black, the WorkCentre 7132 is the first single-drum, multi-pass system tested in the past couple of years to earn BLI's "Highly Recommended" rating and a "Pick." Offered at a price that's among the lowest for comparably equipped models, it turned in an excellent reliability performance that ranks among the best for single-drum units tested.
 
Mikolay added, "Particularly impressive is that all three of the winning Xerox models offer superior image quality, earning rarely awarded 'Excellent' ratings for many aspects of color and black output, and the WorkCentre 7655 and 7655 offer higher speeds for lower prices than competitive models."
 
"The WorkCentre 7655, 7665 and WorkCentre 7132 color multifunction systems deliver reliable, high-quality color to offices small to large," said David Bates, vice president of product marketing, Xerox Office Group. "These systems are designed to make it easy for customers to monitor, track and manage color prints, copies, faxes and scans, helping businesses control their color printing costs. We are honored to receive this recognition from Buyers Laboratory Inc."
Sharp Has Three Segment 4 Winners
The stellar performances given by Sharp's Segment 2 and 3 color models earlier in the year were matched during this past test cycle by the equally impressive Segment 4 models, with the MX-4501N and MX-5500N each receiving a "Pick" in the 41 to 55 ppm range of Segment 4 and the MX-6200N receiving a "Pick" in the 56 to 69 ppm range).
 
BLI Lab Manager Pete Emory said, "These models have it all—reliability, ease of use, robust functionality, very good productivity and an industry-leading offering of security features and options. I was also especially impressed by the finish of the color output, which is glossier than that of other business color models."
 
"It is certainly a tremendous honor to receive these awards," said Cliff Quiroga, director of product management for Sharp Document Solutions Company of America. "The 41- to 69-ppm segment is the heart of the mid-volume office workgroup market and offers some of the most varied and demanding applications. These products were designed from the ground up with these demanding environments in mind and are a result of years of research and development to ensure we satisfy the growing market for robust color multifunction products. Regardless of color, black-and-white or mixed jobs, we are confident that the MX color line will provide the productivity, performance and reliability that BLI customers demand, and have come to expect from 'Pick of the Year' products."
Stay tuned for additional Buyers Lab "Pick" award announcements in the following categories:
 
December 14: Solutions and Digital Duplicators
December 15: Copier MFP Line of the Year
About Buyers Laboratory
For 45 years, Buyers Laboratory 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 10,000-square-foot lab, 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 more than 6,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry's most trustworthy and complete. They are available to BLI subscribers in the form of printed specification guides and 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, Digital Imaging Review and Business Consumer's Advisor newsletters and OEM library.
 
In addition to the testing of office equipment for its subscribers, Buyers Laboratory provides a vast array of confidential for-hire private testing services that includes document imaging device beta and pre-launch testing, performance certification testing, consumables testing (such as paper, toner, ink, photoconductors and print controllers) and print media testing (including virgin and recycled papers). Buyers Laboratory's consulting division, the Buyers Alliance, provides comprehensive purchasing support services to business consumers in the process of acquiring office equipment, which includes the creation of customized RFPs, user needs assessments and analyses of vendor responses.
 
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