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BLI Announces Its Spring 2005 "Picks" For Segments 1 And 2

Spring 2005

BLI Announces Its Spring 2005 "Picks" For Segments 1 And 2

Hackensack (NJ) - Seven multifunctional products in Segments 1 and 2 were awarded top honors from BLI in the latest announcement of the company's Spring 2005 "Pick of the Year" awards, which are being announced in different categories throughout the month of June.

The winner for Segment 1 in the legal-size category is the Ricoh Aficio 1515MF, while the Ricoh Aficio 2018D and the Sharp AR-M162 IMAGER share the honor in the ledger-size category of Segment 1. The Segment 1 winners all stand out for their ease of use, which is a welcome quality in this range. "The Ricoh Aficio 1515MF and 2018D were clear choices as 'Picks' in the legal-size and ledger-size categories of Segment 1," said BLI Manager of Lab Testing Pete Emory, "because in addition to being highly reliable and easy to use, they are the most productive." Because they are also sold under the Lanier, Savin and Gestetner brand names, the re-branded models also receive the award. For those who don't require duplexing, the Sharp AR-M162 IMAGER is a solid performer that's well worth consideration by buyers.

"Ricoh is extremely proud that such a highly respected industry group as Buyers Laboratory has recognized these two Aficio products as being among the best in this segment of the market after subjecting them to its exhaustive testing," said Hede Nonaka, vice president of marketing for Ricoh.

The winners in Segment 2 are the Canon imageRUNNER 2270, Panasonic WORKiO DP-2330, Toshiba e-STUDIO230 and Xerox WorkCentre Pro 128.

"In its imageRUNNER product line, Canon has consistently delivered outstanding products. With its flawless reliability in testing and enhanced security and scanning capabilities, the imageRUNNER 2270 demonstrates that this quality line keeps getting even better," said Daria Hoffman, BLI's managing editor. Commenting on the award, Sam Yoshida, director and general manager of product marketing for Canon U.S.A.'s Imaging Systems Group, said, "We are pleased to be receiving this award in the Segment 2 space. The imageRUNNER 2270 was designed specifically to drive exceptional black-and-white multifunctional performance in small businesses and workgroups."

BLI's Emory said, "The Toshiba e-STUDIO230 was chosen not only for its outstanding reliability in BLI's rigorous two-month lab evaluation, but also for the very impressive capabilities it brings to Segment 2, thanks to its robust e-BRIDGE controller." Steve Rhorer, the director of product marketing for Toshiba commented, "The eStudio230 is a compact unit that delivers exceptional black-and-white printing, copying, scanning, and faxing, along with a host of standard features you might not expect."

"Another highly reliable product that brings impressive capabilities to Segment 2 including feedback to workstations that surpasses that of its competitors is the Panasonic WORKiO DP-2330," said Emory.

BLI Senior Test Engineer Paul DePaolo praised the Xerox WorkCentre Pro 128, another highly reliable unit, for an outstanding overall performance that included "exceptional ease of use and multitasking."



Ricoh Corporation
Aficio 1515MF
Outstanding Segment 1 Multifunctional Imaging System (Legal-Size)

Gestetner DSm415pf (tested as the Ricoh Aficio 1515MF)
Savin 3515MF (tested as the Ricoh Aficio 1515MF)

Lanier Worldwide Inc.
Lanier LD015pf (tested as the Ricoh Aficio 1515MF)
Outstanding Segment 1 Multifunctional Imaging System (Legal-Size)

Ricoh Corporation
Aficio 2018D
Outstanding Segment 1 Multifunctional Imaging System (Ledger-Size)

Gestetner DSm618d (tested as the Ricoh Aficio 2018D)
Savin 4018d (tested as the Ricoh Aficio 2018D)

Lanier Worldwide Inc.
Lanier LD118d (tested as the Ricoh Aficio 2018D)
Outstanding Segment 1 Multifunctional Imaging System (Ledger-Size)

Sharp Document Solutions Company of America
Outstanding Segment 1 Multifunctional Imaging System (Ledger-Size)

Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon imageRUNNER 2270
Outstanding Segment 2 Multifunctional Imaging System

Panasonic Digital Document Company
WORKiO DP-2330
Outstanding Segment 2 Multifunctional Imaging System

Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
Outstanding Segment 2 Multifunctional Imaging System

Xerox Corporation
Xerox WorkCentre Pro 128
Outstanding Segment 2 Multifunctional Imaging System

Stay tuned for the remaining Copier-Based "Pick of the Year" announcements each Monday and Wednesday for the remainder of June in the following categories

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.

Previous awards, can also be viewed by registering at Buyers Lab's website,

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