Konica Minolta has been awarded the coveted 'MFP Line of the Year' by Buyers Lab Inc. (BLI) the leading independent test and evaluation organisation for business equipment. In the face of stiff competition Konica Minolta's outstanding bizhub line of colour and black and white multifunctionals won glowing plaudits from BLI testers.
BLI 'Line of the Yaer' is awarded once a year to the manufacturer whose product line is determined to be the best overall in its category based on the cumlative test results of all models tested in BLI's rigorous two month laboratory evaluation. Among the factors considered are reliability, image quality, productivity, ease of use, scanning, a host of connectivity attributes and overall value. Also considered was the breadth of Konica Minolta's line and its ability to provide quality products suitable to a broad spectrum of customer needs, from low volume to high volume.
In the past year, Konica Minolta won more BLI MFP 'Picks' than any other manufacturer with six awards to business colour models alone in virtually every speed range from 22 to 65 pages per minute. All colour models that BLI tested were found extremely strong in terms of reliability and productivity. The testers at BLI were also particularly impressed by the image quality the devices consistently achieved, calling it a "big differentiator for Konica Minolta".
In the monochrome A3 MFP range, BLI did not test any Konica Minolta A3 printing system without giving it an award. Once more, it was the device reliability that especially struck BLI testers, with all Konica Minolta MFP's analysed in BLI's 'real-world job stream tests' performing above average.
Common to all Konica Minolta winners is excellent ease of use and comprehensive security measures. Third party software developers can also integrate their document management and cost accounting solutions with the devices via bizhub Extended Solution Technology (bEST).