KYOCERA MITA wins BLI’s Monochrome Printer Line of the Year award

ECOSYS Printers and MFPs have received 4 Pick of the Year awards including Outstanding Energy Efficiency for the FS-4020DN

03 February 2011

KYOCERA MITA Europe B.V. is delighted to announce that its ECOSYS monochrome printer range has been recognised with a series of awards from analyst company Buyer’s Lab Inc., (BLI) culminating in the overall accolade of Monochrome Printer Line of the Year 2011.

Mr. Sweetman (BLI), Mrs. Owada (KYOCERA), Mr. Donelly (BLI)

The prestigious printer “Line of the Year” award is given to the product range that demonstrates the highest overall performance in BLI’s rigorous testing procedures. Factors which are assessed include reliability, overall economy, ease of use, print quality, and productivity. During 2010 BLI tested five KYOCERA monochrome laser printers, all of which achieved a ”Highly Recommended” rating, with four of them earning individual ”Pick” status. This consistently strong performance made the KYOCERA range a clear choice for the overall Line of the Year award.

BLI’s European Lab and Research Manager David Sweetnam said, “KYOCERA’s monochrome printers have always been very strong in the value they provide. From entry-level models through departmental A3 printers, KYOCERA machines are robust and reliable workhorses that can easily withstand the stresses of busy workgroups. And because its ECOSYS printers utilise high-yield consumables, these models are easy on the budget and kind to the environment, too.”

FS-4020DN recognised for Outstanding Energy Efficiency

BLI has also separately recognised the KYOCERA FS-4020DN workgroup mono laser for its outstanding energy efficiency, remarking particularly on its “significantly lower than average” energy consumption when in sleep mode, and its fast warm-up time, which is around half that taken by competitive models.

KYOCERA printers and MFPs are best for workgroups

In awarding the FS-1320D, FS-1370DN and FS-3140MFP its Outstanding rating for mid-size workgroup devices, BLI applauded their “robust design, above-average ease of use and low cost of ownership“. BLI’s European Lab and Research Manager David Sweetnam commented: “These printers are exactly what business users need them to be: fast, affordable and reliable.”

Commenting on the wealth of award wins, Oliver Kreth, Marketing Director of KYOCERA MITA Europe B.V said: “KYOCERA MITA’s product line up is the strongest it has ever been. Winning this range of awards is welcome confirmation that the focus we put on incorporating usability, economy and efficiency into our devices is translating into real world benefits for our customers.”


For 50 years, Buyers Lab (BLI) has been the leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry’s most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI’s US and UK laboratories, the company has been the leading source of competitive intelligence for industry professionals on copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners, duplicators, wide-format devices and multifunctional products. The company’s databases cover over 13,000 products globally and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry’s most trustworthy and complete source for specifications and side-by-side comparisons, all of which are available as part of bliQ, BLI’s web-based encyclopedic resource. Subscribers also have access to BLI’s renowned Lab Test Reports, First Look Reports, Solutions Reports, Environmental Reports, news articles and a complete library of manufacturer’s product literature, as well as valuable tools including a Product Configurator and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator.

Buyers Lab also provides business consumers with How-To-Guides, a Needs Assessment Wizard and Free Vendor Quotes via its Buyers Lab Advisor website, as well as independent purchasing advice and consulting from its Buyers Alliance procurement experts. Business consumers and manufacturers can also select from a vast array of confidential for-hire private testing services that include document imaging device beta and pre-launch testing, performance certification testing, consumables testing (such as toner, ink and photoconductors) and software solutions and print media testing (including virgin and recycled papers).

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KYOCERA MITA is one of the world's leading office document solutions companies. Its product range consists of ECOSYS printers, reliable multifunctional systems and wide format devices, completed by supplies, efficient document solutions and comprehensive services. KYOCERA MITA provides innovative products, built on a foundation of long-life components, allowing it to offer its customers low total cost of ownership and high efficiency in any workplace. For further information, visit:
KYOCERA MITA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of KYOCERA Corporation, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2009. Ranked no. 418 on Forbes magazine’s 2009 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies, KYOCERA Corporation is a leading manufacturer of high-tech ceramics, electronic components, solar cells and electronic office equipment. KYOCERA Corporation’s long-term growth strategy is to focus on business that supports telecommunications, information processing, environmental protection and the preservation of quality of life.