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

Winter 2021


Hong Kong, HK – 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 imageCLASS X C1127iF

Outstanding A4 Colour MFP for Small Workgroups


Canon i-SENSYS X C1127P

Outstanding Colour Printer for Small Workgroups


Canon i-SENSYS X 1238P Series

Outstanding Printer for Small/Home Offices


Canon i-SENSYS X 1238 Series

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 C257i

Outstanding A4 Colour MFP for SMBs



Epson WorkForce EC-C7000

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


Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4800 Series

Outstanding Colour Inkjet All-in-One for Home Offices


Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7800 Series

Outstanding Tabloid Colour Inkjet All-in-One



HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200 Series

Outstanding A4 MFP for Home Offices



Lexmark MS431dn

Outstanding Printer for Small Workgroups

(also sold as Lexmark B3442dw)


Lexmark MX431adn

Outstanding MFP for Small Workgroups

(also sold as Lexmark MB3442adn)



Ricoh IM C530 Series

Outstanding Colour MFP for Enterprise Environments

(also sold as Nashuatec IM C530 Series and Rex-Rotary IM C530 Series)



Toshiba e-STUDIO330AC

Outstanding Colour MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups


Toshiba e-STUDIO400AC

Outstanding Colour 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 colour 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 the 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 colour 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 C530 series,” said Shaw. “The devices include an intuitive touchscreen that support web browsing and enable 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 colour 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 Colour 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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