Five Vendors Awarded BLI "Picks" For Monochrome Printers

Spring 2007


June 11, 2007 - Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory has honored five printer vendors with BLI’s prestigious “Pick of the Year” awards in the monochrome printer category. BLI’s “Pick of the Year” awards are presented semi-annually to the products that perform the best in their respective categories throughout BLI’s in-depth lab testing. During the test, BLI evaluates all critical performance areas, including reliability, image quality, productivity, print drivers, feedback to workstations, administrative utilities, ease of use, network setup, toner yield, cost of ownership and more.
After subjecting a number of monochrome printers to its in-depth lab tests, BLI selected the following products from Dell, InfoPrint Solutions Company, Lexmark, Ricoh and Xerox as Spring 2007 “Pick of the Year” winners:


Dell Laser Printer 1720dn
Outstanding Personal Networked Monochrome Printer

Infoprint 1612
Outstanding Small Workgroup Monochrome Printer

Infoprint 1622
Outstanding Small Workgroup Monochrome Printer

Lexmark E250dn
Outstanding Personal Networked Monochrome Printer

Lexmark E352dn
Outstanding Small Workgroup Monochrome Printer

Lexmark E450dn
Outstanding Small Workgroup Monochrome Printer

Ricoh Aficio SP 4100N
(also sold as the Gestetner P7031n, Lanier LP131n and Savin MLP31n)
Outstanding Mid-Size Workgroup Monochrome Printer

Ricoh Aficio SP 4110N
(also sold as the Gestetner P7035n, Lanier LP136n and Savin MLP36n)
Outstanding Mid-Size Workgroup Monochrome Printer

Xerox Phaser 4510DT
Outstanding Large Workgroup Monochrome Printer

Xerox Honored In Large Workgroup Segment
Taking the BLI “Pick” in the large workgroup monochrome printer category, the Xerox Phaser 4510DT provided an excellent overall performance in BLI's tests. “A perfect choice for large workgroups, the Phaser 4510DT offers an exceptional blend of admirable output quality, outstanding reliability and comprehensive management utilities,” said BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri. “And with its well-laid-out print drivers, excellent feedback to users, intuitive control panel and easy-to-navigate menu system, the Phaser 4510DT offers the exemplary ease to use we’ve come to expect from Xerox products.”
“The Phaser 4510DT was designed to complete complex print jobs quickly, each and every time,” said Paul Gleason, vice president of marketing and channel development for the printer & A4 MFP business unit of Xerox Office Group. “We are thrilled to receive a ‘Pick of the Year’ award as this acknowledges our commitment to provide customers with a robust printer they can rely on.”
Ricoh Takes Two “Pick” Awards In Mid-Size Workgroup Category
In the mid-size workgroup monochrome printer category, the Ricoh Aficio SP 4100N and SP 4110N were chosen as the BLI “Pick” winners. BLI Senior Printer Analyst Marlene Orr stated, “Like other Ricoh products, the SP 4100N and SP 4110N are easy to set up and manage on the network and offer excellent feedback to users, thanks to Ricoh’s outstanding utilities. And not only do they offer commendable productivity and output quality, but these Ricoh printers also offer higher than average toner yields, which translates to decreased downtime and a low cost per page.”
“Ricoh is honored to have the Aficio SP 4100N/4110N named ‘Outstanding Mid-Size Workgroup Monochrome Printers' by BLI,” said Ron Potesky, vice president, Corporate Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “BLI's recognition is a testament to the printers’ advanced networking capabilities and intuitive, user-friendly features which make them the ideal printers to enhance bottom-line results for any small or mid-sized business."
Lexmark Triumphs In Two Monochrome Categories
Three outstanding products from Lexmark earned “Pick of the Year” awards in the personal and small workgroup monochrome printer categories. “Once again Lexmark’s monochrome printers have been recognized with BLI ‘Pick of the Year’ awards—the E250dn, E352dn and E450dn are robust, dependable devices that, in spite of their small size, provide customers with a winning combination of value, image quality and ease of use,” said BLI’s Orr.
"Lexmark's E series features an innovative design that incorporates more than 40 new patents and patent applications to help make our customers more productive with fast, reliable and high-quality printing capabilities," said Paul Rooke, Lexmark executive vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services Division. "We are pleased to receive recognition for this innovation from BLI."
InfoPrint Solutions Company Recognized In Small Workgroup Category
Two products from InfoPrint Solutions Company earned “Pick of the Year” awards in the small workgroup monochrome printer category. BLI Senior Test Engineer Paul DePaolo summed up the units’ performance, “The InfoPrint 1612 and 1622 offer an impressive combination of productivity, print quality and ease of use in a very compact footprint, making them an ideal choice for small workgroups.”
"These two small workgroup awards demonstrate InfoPrint Solutions Company's continuing commitment to bring high performance, cost effective solutions to our clients,” said Paul Preo, director of workgroup solutions for InfoPrint Solutions Company. “These two devices not only provide robust, affordable performance in a small package, but they are built with concern for the environment - offering such capabilities as standard duplex printing, reduced noise operation and significant power saving features."
Dell Awarded “Pick” In Personal Printer Category
Selected as the winner of a “Pick of the Year” award in the personal networked printer category, the Dell Laser 1720dn gave an outstanding performance in BLI’s tests. “The Dell Laser 1720dn offers outstanding reliability, admirable image quality and remarkable ease of use,” said BLI’s DePaolo. “Making the 1720dn even more attractive is the low acquisition cost and a cost per page that is among the lowest in this category.”
Stay tuned for additional Buyers Lab "Pick" award announcements in the following categories:
June 13: Scanners
June 20: Segment 1 and 2 Monochrome Copier-Centric MFPs
June 25: Segment 3 and 4 Monochrome Copier-Centric MFPs
June 27: Color Segments 2, 3 and 4 Copier-Centric MFPs
June 29: Segment 5 and 6 Monochrome Copier-Centric MFPs and Digital Duplicators
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