Buyers Laboratory Announces Winners of its Esteemed Spring 2005 Color Printer "Pick of the Year" Awards

Spring 2005



Buyers Laboratory Announces Winners of its Esteemed Spring 2005 Color Printer "Pick of the Year" Awards

Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory (“BLI”) kicked off “BLI Picks Month” with today’s announcement of Spring 2005 “Pick” winners in the Color Printer category.

Scores of products were eligible for a BLI “Pick” based on their performance during in-depth testing in BLI’s lab. The editorial and technical teams then reviewed the merits of peer products based on multiple criteria, including reliability, features, cost of ownership, productivity and more, before finally awarding “Picks” to the best in class.

Hewlett-Packard, KONICA MINOLTA and Xerox products all garnered “Pick” recognition, with HP and Konica Minolta winning multiple awards.



HP Business Inkjet 1200dtn
Outstanding Small Workgroup Color Inkjet Printer

HP Color LaserJet 5550hdn
Outstanding Medium Workgroup Color Laser Printer

HP Color LaserJet 3550n
Outstanding Small Workgroup Single-Pass Color Laser Printer



KONICA MINOLTA magicolor 2430DL
Outstanding Small Workgroup Multi-Pass Color Laser Printer

KONICA MINOLTA magicolor 2400W
Outstanding Personal Color Laser Printer



Xerox WorkCentre C2424DP
Outstanding Small Workgroup Color Multifunction Printer



"We are very excited to receive two Buyers Laboratory "Spring Pick" awards," remarked Steve Fletcher, president and COO of KONICA MINOLTA PRINTING SOLUTIONS. "Being recognized by such a respected testing and evaluation organization like Buyers Laboratory is validation for us and for our customers. It proves our commitment to delivering reliable, high-quality products that will withstand the rigors of business printing."

"We're thrilled the WorkCentre C2424 has received the Pick of the Year award from Buyers Laboratory," said Jim Rise, vice president and general manager, Xerox Office Printing Business. "We knew we had a breakthrough product and these findings confirm the WorkCentre C2424 outperforms the competition in performance and color print quality."

Stay tuned for additional “Pick of the Year” announcements every Monday and Wednesday throughout the month of June in the following categories:

June 6th Monochrome Printers/Printer MFPs
June 8th Special Achievement/Recognition Awards for Printers
June 13th Duplicators
June 15th Fax-Based MFPs
June 20th Segment 3 & 4 Copier-Based MFPs
June 22nd Segment 1 & 2 Copier-Based MFPs
June 27th Segment 5 & 6 Copier-Based MFPs; Color MFPs
June 29th Special Achievement/Recognition Awards

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.


About Buyers Laboratory

For over 40 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office equipment test 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 the company’s 10,000-square-foot lab, BLI has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company’s databases, which cover more than 6,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the most reliable and complete, are available to subscribers in the form of printed specification guides, as well as CD-based and online product comparison software programs.

In response to significant subscriber demand, Buyers Lab has added Field Test Reports to its menu of products and services. These supplements to BLI’s unique and extensive Lab Test Reports provide subscribers with preliminary product assessments as soon as possible after products are introduced. As a result, Buyers Lab is able to meet its subscribers’ needs for quick and early product reviews, while continuing to provide them with the comprehensive product assessments that are only available from a BLI Lab Test Report.

With its Buyers Alliance program, Buyers Lab also provides comprehensive purchasing support services to business consumers in the process of acquiring office equipment, which includes creating customized RFPs and conducting on-site document imaging device usage assessments. In addition, Buyers Laboratory provides a vast array of confidential for-hire custom testing services, including document imaging device beta testing, print controller testing, and the testing of consumables, such as paper, toner, ink, transparencies and photoconductors.

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