Four Vendors Awarded BLI "Picks" For Color Printers

Spring 2008


June 9, 2008 - Hackensack (NJ) – BLI has announced the winners of its Spring 2008 “Pick” awards in the color printer category, with HP, Konica Minolta, Lexmark and Ricoh receiving accolades for their products.
In first half of the year, BLI subjected a wide range of color printers from all the major vendors to its battery of rigorous lab tests. The tests evaluate products for a variety of important performance including reliability, image quality, productivity, print drivers, feedback to workstations, administrative utilities, ease of use, network setup, toner yield and more. The exceptional performers chosen as BLI's "Pick" winners are the following products from HP, Konica Minolta, Lexmark and Ricoh:


HP Color LaserJet CP6015dn
Outstanding Large Workgroup Color Printer

HP Color LaserJet CM6040f
Outstanding Large Workgroup Color Printer MFP

HP Officejet Pro K5400dtn
Outstanding Inkjet Printer


Konica Minolta magicolor 8650DN
Outstanding Large Workgroup Color Printer

Ricoh Aficio SP C400DN
(also sold as the Lanier SP C400DN and Savin SP C400DN)
Outstanding Small Workgroup Color Printer

Ricoh GX7000
(also sold as the Lanier GX7000 and Savin GX7000)
Outstanding Inkjet Printer

Ricoh Aficio GX3050SFN
(also sold as the Lanier GX3050SFN and Savin GX3050SFN)
Outstanding Inkjet Printer MFP

Lexmark X560N
Outstanding Small Workgroup Printer MFP

HP Takes Three “Picks” For Laser and Inkjet Products
The HP Color LaserJet CP6015dn received a BLI “Pick” award in the large workgroup color printer category, while the multifunction printer based on the same engine, the Color LaserJet CM6040f, was recognized in the printer MFP category. “The CP6015dn and the CM6040f offer users dark text, smooth lines and good color output at a competitive price,” said BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri. “And with HP’s standard security features and extensive color access controls, business users have multiple options to control the output devices on their networks.”
“HP is excited to receive this prestigious industry award for our new HP Color LaserJet CP6015 series and Color LaserJet CM6040 MFP series,” said Vince Ferraro, vice president of worldwide marketing for HP’s LaserJet business. “As the need for professional, high quality, color office printing has increased, HP continues to drive innovation, offering exceptional color enhancement qualities, productivity, network sharing, and streamlined efficiencies that benefit any office environment.”
Receiving a “Pick” in the legal-size inkjet printer category, the HP Officejet Pro K5400dtn provided an outstanding performance in BLI’s tests. “The Officejet Pro K5400 offers very good ease of use, with highly automated installation, an easy-to-use driver and very good feedback to the workstation regarding errors,” said BLI Test Technician Joe Ellerman. “Also an economical choice, the unit is priced less than competitive units and offers a low cost per page.”
“The HP Officejet Pro K5400 series delivers professional quality color results at fast print speeds for up to 50 percent lower cost per page than comparable lasers. It was designed to be the best tool for businesses that need affordable products without sacrificing quality,” said Jeff Walter, director of worldwide marketing for HP’s Inkjet Systems. “We are proud to have the HP Officejet Pro K5400 series recognized with such a highly regarded industry achievement and we will continue to bring affordable color printing to businesses with the outstanding print quality that they’ve come to expect from HP.”
Konica Minolta Awarded “Pick” For Large Workgroup Color
In the large workgroup color printer category, the Konica Minolta magicolor 8650DN was recognized for its outstanding performance in BLI’s evaluation.
“This unit offers excellent ease of use,” said BLI’s Maceri, citing its graphical print drivers and its Status Monitor utility, which keeps users informed of supplies status and error conditions “It also enables users to print PDF and XPS files directly from the Web utility.”
"We are proud that BLI has recognized the magicolor 8650DN, validating our initiative to provide customer-driven products that are innovative, easy to use and able to excel even in the most demanding print environments," said Kevin Kern, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "The magicolor 8650DN is an excellent choice for large workgroups, providing superior performance and superior image quality.”
Ricoh Also Wins In Three “Pick” Categories
In the small workgroup color printer category, the Ricoh Aficio SP C400DN was chosen as the BLI “Pick.” “With a low price tag and cost per page that is among the lowest for comparable printers, the SP C400DN is an ideal choice for budget-conscious workgroups,” said BLI Senior Printer Analyst Marlene Orr. “The unit provides dark, sharp text, clean lines and vibrant colors and can be easily managed on the network with Ricoh’s suite of software utilities.”
Ricoh products were recognized in the tabloid inkjet printer and inkjet printer MFP categories, with Picks awarded to the GX7000 for its flawless reliability and admirable productivity and the Aficio GX3050SFN was honored for its advanced feature set. “Both the GX7000 and GX3050SFN include a Level Color Mode, which reduces the ink density of graphics, without affecting text, allowing users to control color output cost,”
said BLI’s Orr. “And the GX3050SFN includes LDAP and scan to e-mail, two features not usually found on inkjet devices. Making these GelSprinter devices even more attractive is a cost per page that is among the lowest for inkjet products in this class.”
"BLI's 'Picks' are one of the most renowned honors a product can win in the industry, and Ricoh is proud to have won three awards in Spring '08," said Hede Nonaka, executive vice president, marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "Winning awards for both laser and our GelSprinter models is a true testament of our ability to deliver innovative products that meet the document management needs of our customers."
Lexmark Recognized For Value of its Small Workgroup MFP
Taking the BLI “Pick” in the small workgroup color printer MFP category, the Lexmark X560N is easy to use and maintain and provides good feedback to end-user workstations and comprehensive management utilities. “The Lexmark X560n offers very good overall productivity and a very good feature set for a competitive price,” said BLI’s Orr.
“It also offers the highest toner yields of competitive products tested, which contributes to further improved productivity and an attractive cost per page.”
"The Lexmark X560n adds another option to Lexmark's award-winning line of color laser MFPs for customers looking to bring the power of color to their business," said Marty Canning, Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services Division. "The X560n delivers excellent quality and performance at a price that any small, medium or large business can afford. We are pleased to be recognized again by BLI for our innovative color technology with this prestigious 'Pick of the Year' award."
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Stay tuned for upcoming Buyers Lab “Pick” award announcements in the following categories:
June 11: Segment 4 and Segment 5 Copier MFPs
June 13: Segment 2 and 3 Copier MFPs
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