January 30, 2013 – Hackensack (NJ) – For the third consecutive year, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. has won Buyers Laboratory LLC’s (BLI’s) most coveted award—A3 MFP Line of the Year. Once each year, Buyers Lab, the leading global provider of information and testing services to the document-imaging industry, acknowledges the vendors whose product lines are determined to be the best overall in their respective categories based on the cumulative results of models tested in BLI’s rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation. By assessing reliability, image quality, ease of use, productivity and a range of other criteria, the tests reveal to customers the products that deliver the best value and performance.
Also considered are the breadth of the vendor’s line and its ability to provide quality products suitable to a broad spectrum of customer needs, from low-volume to high-volume. “What Konica Minolta has achieved with a third consecutive A3 MFP Line of the Year Award is nearly unprecedented,” said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman. “In the 26-year history of the award, Konica Minolta is one of only two vendors to earn the award three years in a row and it is the only vendor to do so in the past decade.”
“All in all, Konica Minolta’s current lineup of A3 MFPs includes 12 products that have earned Pick awards—more than any other vendor—and 14 products that have received Highly Recommended ratings,” said George Mikolay, BLI’s senior product editor of A3/Copier MFPs. “It has Picks in virtually every speed band up to 75 ppm in both color and black, so regardless of the speed of product you’re looking for, Konica Minolta is tough to beat.”
In total, BLI has run more than 2 million impressions on these Pick-winning engines with impressive results. “When all currently available tested A3 models are considered from top to bottom, Konica Minolta has the best reliability record of all eligible vendors, proving that it offers the quality buyers consider more important than any other,” said Hoffman. “And the fact that Konica Minolta submits the majority of its units for testing as soon as they are introduced shows that it believes in its products, and that belief is continually backed up by their performance in the lab,” said Mikolay.
In addition to providing outstanding reliability, Konica Minolta devices have user-replaceable color drums across every speed band, which means more uptime because service never needs to come in to replace drums.