Five Vendors Earn BLI Pick Awards for Exceptional Color Printers and MFPs

Winter 2018


Fairfield, NJ – Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab (BLI), the world’s leading independent provider of testing services and analytical information to the document imaging industry, announces the winners of its coveted Winter 2018 Pick awards in the Color Printer and MFP categories, with the honors going to stellar devices from Brother, Canon, HP, Ricoh, and Xerox. In addition, Epson was granted an Outstanding Achievement award in Value.


BLI’s Winter 2018 Color Printer and MFP awards go to the following exceptional devices*:



Brother MFC-L9570CDW

Outstanding Color Multifunction Printer for SMBs



Canon Color imageCLASS MF630 Series

Outstanding Personal Color Multifunction Printer


Canon Color imageCLASS MF730 Series

Outstanding Color Multifunction Printer for Small Workgroups



Epson WorkForce ET-16500 EcoTank All-in-One

Outstanding Achievement in Value



HP Color LaserJet Enterprise Flow MFP M682z

Outstanding Departmental Color Multifunction Printer


HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M653 Series

Outstanding Departmental Color Printer


HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M681 Series

Outstanding Color Multifunction Printer for Large Workgroups


HP OfficeJet Pro 7700 Series

Outstanding Tabloid Inkjet Multifunction Printer for SMBs



Ricoh SP C340DN/SP C342DN Series

Outstanding Color Printer for Small Workgroups

(also sold under the Savin and Lanier brands)



Xerox VersaLink C500 Series

Outstanding Color Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups


Xerox VersaLink C505 Series

Outstanding Color Multifunction Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups


Xerox VersaLink C600 Series

Outstanding Color Printer for Large Workgroups


Xerox VersaLink C7000 Series

Outstanding Tabloid Color Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups


* Not all products are sold in all regions.



Brother MFC-L9570CDW: Ideal for Modern SMBs

Brother’s color MFP was recognized for its robust feature set, strong performance, and low running costs. “The Brother MFC-L9570CDW is a compact and affordable choice for SMBs, offering advanced functionality and maximum productivity through its intuitive design and robust scanning features,” said Marlene Orr, Director of Printer & MFP Analysis for Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab. “With Web Connect, users can print from and scan to various cloud services, while NFC support enables mobile printing and badge authentication.”


Canon’s Compact Desktop Models Win Big

Two of Canon’s entry-level devices were awarded Picks for their strong performance in testing. “The imageCLASS MF630 Series and MF730 Series MFPs are impeccable choices for individual users and small workgroups,” said Orr. “Built for the modern office, they include robust mobile support to keep workers productive and a straightforward design, and Canon’s Application Library streamlines tasks and further boosts worker efficiency.”


Epson Delivers Superior Value

Epson has earned an Outstanding Achievement award for its tabloid-size “supertank” printer. “Epson’s cartridge-free ink tank system is designed to minimize intervention and operating costs,” said Orr. “With a high volume of ink included and low-priced ink refill bottles, the Epson WorkForce ET-16500 EcoTank All-in-One offers the lowest-in-class operating cost and is an outstanding value for workgroups that need 11" x 17" business color output.”


HP’s Color Printers and MFPs Offer Quality and Value

Four of HP’s exceptional color models, both inkjet and laser, have won BLI Pick awards. “HP’s color printers and MFPs consistently offer quality and value and the Winter 2018 Pick winners are no exception to that rule,” stated Orr. “Ideal for enterprise environments, HP’s Color LaserJet M600 Series models deliver top performance, robust security, and productivity-boosting features, like an intuitive touchscreen and easy routine maintenance procedures. And for small workgroups that need tabloid-size output, the OfficeJet Pro 7700 Series offers class-leading print quality and low operating costs.”


Ricoh Wins with Low-Cost Color

Ricoh was recognized for excellence in the small workgroup category. “Flexibility, performance, and affordability are key attributes of the Ricoh SP C340DN and SP C342DN,” said Joe Ellerman, Manager of Lab Operations. “Fast duplex speeds mean users can conserve paper without slowing down, mobile printing adds convenience for modern offices, and operating costs are among the lowest in-class.”


Xerox VersaLink Models Feature Intuitive Design and App Integration to Boost Productivity

Xerox took home four Picks for their newest color printers and MFPs. “The Xerox VersaLink C500, C505, C600, and C7000 Series models are incredibly easy to use thanks to their smartphone-like touchscreens and ConnectKey technology, which lets users download a variety of apps to streamline workflows and add functionality,” said Tony Maceri, Senior Test Technician.



Stay tuned for the announcements of more prestigious awards!


Wednesday, January 24: Copier MFP, Color Printer/MFP and Monochrome Printer/MFP, Scanner, and European Software Solution Line of the Year awards



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About Buyers Lab Pick Awards

Buyers Lab Picks stand alone in the industry and are hard-earned awards, as they are based on rigorous testing, including an extensive durability assessment and evaluation of key attributes such as usability, image quality, and value. Each product that passes our lab test earns Buyers Lab’s Recommended or Highly Recommended seal and our Certificate of Reliability, with the best performers qualifying as Pick contenders.


About Buyers Lab Outstanding Achievement Awards

Buyers Lab Outstanding Achievement awards acknowledge products or capabilities that stand out for attributes such as innovation, usefulness, or value.



Deanna Flanick

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