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Keypoint Intelligence Recognizes Six Vendors With BLI Winter 2021 A4 Pick Awards

Winter 2021
01/12/2021

 

Fairfield, NJ – Keypoint Intelligence, the world’s leading independent provider of testing services and analytical information to the document imaging industry, today announced its BLI Winter 2021 Pick Award recipients in the A4 category. Awarded twice annually for office equipment, Picks acknowledge the products that gave the best performances in Keypoint Intelligence lab testing in the previous six months.

 

The BLI Winter 2021 A4 Pick Awards go to the following exceptional devices*:

 

 

Canon Color imageCLASS X MF1127C

Outstanding A4 Color MFP for Small Workgroups

 

Canon imageCLASS X LBP1127C

Outstanding Color Printer for Small Workgroups

 

Canon imageCLASS X LBP1238

Outstanding Printer for Small/Home Offices

 

Canon imageCLASS X MF1238

Outstanding A4 MFP for Small/Home Offices

 

Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX 527 Series

Outstanding A4 MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups

 

Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C257iF

Outstanding A4 Color MFP for SMBs

 

 

Epson WorkForce EC-C7000

Outstanding Business-Class Tabloid Color Inkjet All-in-One

 

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4800 Series

Outstanding Color Inkjet All-in-One for Home Offices

 

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7800 Series

Outstanding Tabloid Color Inkjet All-in-One

 

 

HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202 Series

Outstanding A4 MFP for Home Offices

 

 

Lexmark MS431 Series

Outstanding Printer for Small Workgroups

(also sold as Lexmark B3442dw)

 

Lexmark MX431 Series

Outstanding MFP for Small Workgroups

(also sold as Lexmark MB3442adw)

 

 

Ricoh IM C530FB

Outstanding Color MFP for Enterprise Environments

(also sold as Lanier IM C530FB and Savin IM C530FB)

 

 

Toshiba e-STUDIO330AC

Outstanding Color MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups

 

Toshiba e-STUDIO400AC

Outstanding Color MFP for Large Workgroups

 

*Not all products are sold in all regions.

 

 

Canon Wins in Numerous Categories

“Canon has an award-winning device to meet the needs of home offices to large workgroups, whether color or monochrome, single-function or multifunction,” said Kaitlin Shaw, Keypoint Intelligence’s Associate Director of A4 Hardware. “The models have strong value propositions, delivered impressive performances, and offer strong usability, including intuitive touchscreens and simple routine maintenance. Administrative and security controls were also impressive, even on the lower-end devices. With hardware that stands out in so many ways, it’s no wonder Canon has taken home so many awards this season.”

 

Epson’s High-Performing Inkjets for Low-Volume Environments

“Epson continues to churn out top-notch inkjets for SOHO settings in both letter-size and wider formats,” said Shaw. “All three winning devices offer strong value propositions, robust feature sets, and impressive user-friendliness, thanks to easy-to-use touchscreens and simple maintenance. Flexible mobile support, including standard NFC, makes it easy for users to stay productive anytime, anywhere. In addition, the models all produced vibrant color output that can help marketing materials pop.”

 

HP Provides Innovation and Outstanding Value for Home Offices

“With the first-of-its-kind high-yield toner tank design, the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202 series offers a cost per page that’s significantly lower than the average of competitive models,” said Shaw. “Home offices have become increasingly important—these devices are ideally suited for such environments. Combining flawless reliability, strong user-friendliness, and flexible mobile support with a remarkably low total cost of ownership, the end result is an exceptional value proposition for home offices in the market for a monochrome MFP.”

 

Lexmark Shines in the Small Workgroup Monochrome Category

“Lexmark’s compact, highly reliable, and user-friendly devices are great fits for any small workgroup looking for a monochrome printer or MFP,” said Shaw. “These models can be counted on to keep workers productive given their strong performances, combined with how easy to use and maintain they are. And flexible mobile and cloud support means users can stay productive even when they’re away from their desks.”

 

Ricoh Offers Maximum Uptime for Enterprise Environments

“For a low cost per page, businesses get strong performance and standout usability from the Ricoh IM C530FB,” said Shaw. “The device includes an intuitive touchscreen that supports web browsing and enables users to select from a variety of workflow-simplifying Ricoh Smart apps right from the control panel, while software integration is another big plus. Administrators are sure to appreciate the outstanding device management tools at their disposal. All of this helps to maximize productivity, which is critical for busy enterprise environments.”

 

Toshiba Delivers to Mid-Size and Large Workgroups

“Toshiba is an exceptional choice for mid-size and large workgroups seeking a color MFP,” said Shaw. “For a significantly lower than average cost per page compared to in-class models, businesses get high-performing, user-friendly devices with excellent feature sets. And Toshiba’s Elevate platform enables integration with an array of solutions that can help reduce costs and boost productivity even further. The value propositions that these Toshiba MFPs offer to mid- and high-volume environments is truly remarkable.”

 

Stay tuned for more awards from Keypoint Intelligence!

Wednesday, January 13: BLI 2021 A3, A4, and Scanner Line of the Year Awards as well as BLI 2021-2023 Most Color Consistent Brand Awards for A3 and A4

 

About Keypoint Intelligence

For 60 years, clients in the digital imaging industry have relied on Keypoint Intelligence for independent hands-on testing, lab data, and extensive market research to drive their product and sales success. Keypoint Intelligence has been recognized as the industry’s most trusted resource for unbiased information, analysis, and awards due to decades of analyst experience. Customers have harnessed this mission-critical knowledge for strategic decision-making, daily sales enablement, and operational excellence to improve business goals and increase bottom lines. With a central focus on clients, Keypoint Intelligence continues to evolve as the industry changes by expanding offerings and updating methods, while intimately understanding and serving manufacturers’, channels’, and their customers’ transformation in the digital printing and imaging sector.

 

About BLI Office Hardware 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 its lab test earns the Highly Recommended or Recommended Seal and a Certificate of Reliability, with the best performers qualifying as Pick contenders.

 

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