Outstanding Achievement

BLI Announces Its Spring 2005 Color and Special "Pick" Awards

Spring 2005
06/29/2005

BLI ANNOUNCES SPRING 2005 COLOR AND SPECIAL "PICK" AWARDS

Hackensack (NJ) - In the final week of its month-long recognition of the products that performed the best in its rigorous lab testing, Buyers Laboratory announced the winners of its Spring 2005 "Pick of the Year" awards in the color and special categories.

In the color category, several outstanding models were selected as "Picks." They are the Konica Minolta bizhub C350 in two configurations (one with the IC-401 [Fiery] controller and one with the Konica Minolta controller), the Imagistics cm3520, an OEM version of the Konica Minolta product that was also tested (one configuration with a Fiery controller and one with the standard PCL controller) and the Xerox WorkCentre Pro C2636.

In the special award category, Buyers Lab honored Canon U.S.A., Inc. with an outstanding achievement award for control panel design on its higher-speed imageRUNNER models. "By offering users a choice of two copy programming screens, Canon has achieved the best of both worlds in control panel ease of use," said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman. "Its new Express Copy screen includes all the basic and even advanced features needed to program jobs and so enables users to program jobs more quickly and with fewer keystrokes. But Canon also offers users its traditional main screen, which is extremely simple and intuitive and, because of the fewer selections it offers, may be a better choice in offices in which there are many occasional users."

Sharp Document Solutions Company of America was honored with a Spring 2005 Outstanding Achievement award for the "IT Friendliness" of its IMAGER product line in the tested Windows environment, thanks to highly automated setup procedures that BLI Lab Manager Pete Emory said he considers to be "the benchmark for the industry," its excellent and extremely easy to set up scan solution and the company's robust offering of security features and options.

The Konica Minolta bizhub C350 and its Imagistics OEM equivalent (the Imagistics cm3520), which was also tested, were selected for their impressive performances, which included excellent reliability, good output quality and, for the Konica Minolta models, very good per-page supplies costs.

"As time goes by and more business color models undergo BLI's testing, the more impressive the bizhub C350's performance is in comparison," said BLI Lab Manager Pete Emory. "While the Fiery controller offers superior performance, the PCL controller provides a good, lower-cost alternative for those who do not need PostScript," added Emory.

Another impressive business color unit whose performance in BLI's tests has earned it a Spring 2005 "Pick" is the Xerox WorkCentre Pro C2636. "In addition to demonstrating reliability, excellent multitasking and very good output quality and print productivity, the WorkCentre Pro C2636 stands out for its exceptional ease of use," said BLI's Emory.

 

And the winners of BLI's Spring 2005 Color and Special "Pick" awards are…
 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta bizhub C350 with standard PCL controller and with IC-401 Controller
Outstanding Color Multifunctional Imaging System, General Office Applications

 

Imagistics International Inc.
Imagistics cm3520 with standard PCL controller and with Fiery X3e Controller
Outstanding Color Multifunctional Imaging System, General Office Applications

 

Xerox Corporation
Xerox WorkCentre Pro C2636
Outstanding Color Multifunctional Imaging System, General Office Applications

 

Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Outstanding Achievement in Control Panel Design

 

Sharp Document Solutions Company of America
Outstanding Achievement for the "IT Friendliness" of its IMAGER Product Line

 

Complete coverage on all of the winners will be available to BLI subscribers in the July Digital Imaging Review newsletter. If you are not a subscriber you can purchase a copy of the special “Pick” issue by calling Buyers Lab at 201-488-0404.

Previous awards can also be viewed by registering at Buyers Lab's website, www.buyerslab.com.

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