*NEWS* ’MFP PRODUCT OF THE YEAR ’ AWARD !

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*NEWS* ’MFP PRODUCT OF THE YEAR ’ AWARD !

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    Buyers Lab Names Printer ‘MFP Product of the Year’
    Buyers
    Laboratory Names Konica Minolta Printer ‘Product of the Year’; also
    selects ‘Fall ’05 Color Picks’. Companies cited for ‘Outstanding
    Achievements’.

    December 
    2005 – Hackensack (NJ) – Completing its Fall 2005 “Pick of the Year”
    announcements, Buyers Lab has selected the Konica Minolta bizhub PRO
    1050 as the “Most Outstanding Multifunctional Imaging System of the
    Year” for 2005.
    First Award Since 2000
    This is the first time
    since 2000 that a product has been singled out for this special
    recognition. Said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman, “Rarely has a
    product impressed us the way the bizhub PRO 1050 has. Its performance
    was so stellar in every way-reliability, productivity, ease of use,
    image quality, paper-handling-that, of all the many products tested in
    the past year, it is the unanimous favorite of BLI’s technicians and
    editors.”
    “The bizhub PRO 1050 being honored with BLI’s award for
    ‘Most Outstanding Multifunctional Imaging System of the Year’ is a
    testament to the research and development efforts that were devoted to
    the production of this industry-standard setting device,” said Indiana
    Nakagawa, senior vice president of marketing and corporate planning for
    Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc.
    Superior Black Printing
    “This
    system features ground-breaking innovations in imaging, including
    Konica Minolta’s Simitri® polymerized toner. The first monochrome
    Segment 6 device to include polymerized toner, the bizhub PRO 1050
    brings superior black image reproduction to production print customers
    who are looking for the highest quality in digital output.”
    Nakagawa
    continued, “We designed our 105-ppm monochrome MFP to be a highly
    competitive offering for the in-plant, CRD and print-for-pay markets,
    with the durability and capabilities of production print machines, yet
    delivered in a footprint and at a price point that is unbeatable. We
    are proud to be recognized for the bizhub PRO 1050 and the superior
    engine design, paper handling, finishing and imaging features that it
    has brought to the market.”
    And The Color Winners Are . .
    Having
    evaluated color multifunctional products from Canon, Ricoh, Xerox,
    Konica Minolta and Panasonic during the last six months, BLI has
    recognized the best performers in this populous category with Fall 2005
    “Pick” awards.
    In the office color category, awards went to the
    Konica Minolta bizhub C450 and C250, while in the production color
    category the honors went to the Xerox DocuColor 250 and the DocuColor
    240.
    bizhub C450
    BLI Manager of Lab Testing Pete Emory said, “The
    Konica Minolta bizhub C450 improves upon an already great product, the
    bizhub C350, offering faster speed, standard PostScript and optional
    fax.” Featuring Konica Minolta’s standard Emperon controller, the
    bizhub C450 proved to be an outstanding performer in BLI’s exhaustive
    lab tests, demonstrating exceptional reliability, excellent
    multitasking, very good image quality, good productivity and
    competitive supplies costs. This model is also available with an
    optional Fiery controller.
    While the bizhub C450 gives Konica
    Minolta an excellent color product in a higher speed range than the
    C350, the bizhub C250 does the same at a lower speed (25 ppm). This
    unit also gave an excellent reliability performance, completing its
    75,000-impression test with no service required and just four misfeeds.
    “With its standard Emperon controller, this unit will satisfy the needs
    of most office users, with very good image quality and a price that
    makes it an excellent value,” said Emory.
    Production Color Winner Xerox DocuColor 250
    In
    the production color category, the Xerox DocuColor 250 and its sibling,
    the DocuColor 240, were selected as Fall 2005 “Picks.” These
    outstanding products offer exceptional ease of use, very good output
    quality and productivity that, while competitive when outputting black
    documents and full-color documents, is above average to well above
    average when outputting mixed color and black documents in auto-color
    mode. “I loved the large, bright display on these models, which
    provides excellent context-sensitive help. Either of these products
    would be an excellent choice for customers in need of highly reliable,
    fast, quality color output,” said Emory.
    “We are thrilled that
    Buyers Lab has selected the DocuColor 240/250 as ‘Picks of the Year’ in
    the production color class,” said Jon S. Renault, worldwide product
    marketing manager for Xerox. He added, “The response from our DocuColor
    240/250 customers has been fantastic. It is pleasing to know that BLI’s
    testing and overall evaluation confirms the feedback we have received
    from our customers.”
    Outstanding Achievement Awards
    Buyers Lab
    also recognized three companies with Outstanding Achievement awards.
    Canon U.S.A., Inc. was acknowledged for the innovative Web access
    feature of its 55-ppm and faster imageRUNNERs; Panasonic Digital
    Document Company was recognized for the incorporation of SD and PC card
    technology in its C3 series color multifunctional products (the
    DP-C322/DP-C262); and RISO, Inc. was honored for the outstanding
    reliability of its digital duplicators.
    The Web access feature of
    Canon’s higher-speed imageRUNNERs is the latest of many innovations
    that have come from Canon in the past few years. BLI’s Emory explained,
    “With this optional feature, a Web browser is embedded within the
    imageRUNNER and allows users to access the Internet or a corporate
    intranet from the control panel of the imageRUNNER. This means it can
    be used to access and print forms from a corporate intranet, which
    could be very useful in environments without PCs. As a security
    measure, this capability can be restricted to only certain users.”
    “Being
    honored with Buyers Lab’s Outstanding Achievement award speaks to
    Canon’s commitment to develop and deliver value-added technology to our
    customers,” said Sam Yoshida, director and general manager of Canon
    USA’s Imaging Systems Group’s product marketing division. “Web access
    functionality, an industry first, delivers unprecedented performance
    and sets a new standard.”
    “Another ‘wow’ feature seen in the lab in
    this past six-month test cycle is the SD card and PC card adapter slots
    in Panasonic’s DP-C322/DP-C262,” said Emory. This capability, which is
    a first for MFPs in this range, enables Panasonic’s DP-C322 and DP-C262
    to store data onto and print directly from SD cards and, via a PC card
    adapter, a range of other types of memory media. “We were very
    impressed by this capability. It enables users to view photos stored on
    these media on the unit’s large control panel and then print selected
    photos,” said Emory. He explained that this would be a great
    convenience, particularly for organizations such as real estate
    agencies, which frequently use digital photographs, because it allows
    printing of images without requiring a PC configured with a PC card
    reader (an optional accessory) and the necessary software to open
    images, which can sometimes be hard to find.
    Also acknowledged with
    an “Outstanding Achievement” award is RISO Inc., for the reliability of
    its digital duplicators, which has been exemplary. BLI Senior Test
    Technician Tony Maceri said, “RISO is well-deserving of this
    recognition because during the past year, BLI has tested five RISO
    digital duplicators, each for 500,000 impressions, which, combined,
    have produced an amazing 2.5 million impressions without a single
    malfunction or misfeed.”
    “We are very pleased to receive this
    recognition from Buyers Laboratory, a firm known throughout the
    industry for its high standards. For the past twenty years, RISO has
    been committed to advancing digital printing technologies that provide
    our customers with reliable, productive, versatile and cost-effective
    solutions,” said Bob Gregorowicz, senior product manager for RISO, Inc.