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BLI Announces Its Spring 2005 "Picks" For Segments 5 And 6

Spring 2005



BLI Announces Its Spring 2005 "Picks" For Segments 5 And 6

Hackensack (NJ) - Continuing with its June announcements of the winners of the company's prestigious Spring 2005 "Pick of the Year" awards for the best products tested in its rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation, Buyers Lab has announced the winners in the Segment 5 and 6 categories.

The honor in Segment 5 goes to the Canon imageRUNNER 8070, while the winner in Segment 6 is the Konica Minolta bizhub PRO 1050.

"The Canon imageRUNNER 8070 was every BLI technician's and analyst's top choice for the Segment 5 Pick," said Daria Hoffman, BLI's managing editor. "This excellent value gave an outstanding overall performance in BLI's tests, demonstrating excellent reliability and ease of use, good overall productivity and very good output quality. It also offers users a choice of print controllers, a choice between two outstanding control panel layouts and a choice of two excellent scan solutions-all for a price that's among the lowest for models in this speed range," added Hoffman.

Offering all the qualities that are important for production environments, the Konica Minolta bizhub PRO 1050 is BLI's Spring 2005 "Pick" for "Outstanding Segment 6 Multifunctional Imaging System." "We knew from BLI's field test of this product that it offers exceptional productivity and value, but the strong reliability this model demonstrated in its 1.5-million impression lab test proves that, without question, it is a superior choice for meeting the rigorous demands of production environments," said Pete Emory, BLI's manager of lab testing.



Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon imageRUNNER 8070
Outstanding Segment 5 Multifunctional Imaging System


Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta bizhub PRO 1050
Outstanding Segment 6 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 29th Special Achievement/Recognition Awards; Color MFPs

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,

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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