Kyocera Wins 10 BLI Winter Pick Awards For Their Outstanding A3/A4 Devices And Energy Efficiency
20 January 2015
Kyocera Document Solutions, one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, today announced 10 BLI awards for multiple A3 and A4 devices. Kyocera was commended for unprecedented reliability, exceptional colour output and outstanding environmental features. The award criteria are rigorous and Kyocera's advanced features across their range stood out, enabling them to achieve BLI’s prestigious 'Winter Pick' awards.
These much sought-after accolades were given after extensive testing over a few months. During the test period, the Kyocera products outshone the others for reliability and gained top marks for image quality. Special mention was made of their comprehensive open software platform, HyPAS, and excellent overall economy and productivity.
Kyocera also got recognition for its crisp print quality and excellent utility features. The feature-rich, intuitive KX 6.0 driver is standard across all devices and brings flexibility and efficiency. The TASKalfa and ECOSYS products in the tests have strong green credentials, as noted by Martin Soane, BLI’s European Lab Manager, who stated, “When durability is combined with a high average toner yield and the long-life drum, users can expect minimal downtime and, ultimately, a very low cost of ownership.”
Outstanding A3 and A4 Multifunctional devices
“Kyocera delivered a remarkable performance this Picks season, taking home wins in nearly every category from mid- to high-volume in both monochrome and colour”, said Pete Emory, BLI Director of Laboratory Testing. “Time and again, Kyocera impress us with their consistency across product lines and their clear emphasis on convenience for the end user,” he continued.
The TASKalfa 3010i, 3510i and 8001i were the winners in the monochrome category, while the TASKalfa 3551ci, 6551ci and 7551ci were the winners in the colour category. All in all, the devices stood out most for their exceptional reliability and ease of use. BLI analysts praised these models for convenient features such as the ability to add shortcuts to control panel menus with the push of a button and their redesigned print driver, which includes PCL and PostScript with users able to seamlessly switch between them.
For its exemplary image quality and HyPAS open architecture, the ECOSYS M3550idn has been honoured with the BLI Winter 2015 Pick for Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups. This 50-ppm laser MFP proved to be highly reliable, recording just a single mis-feed and requiring no service of any kind over 125,000 impressions.
Reiko Owada, Senior Manager Product Marketing at Kyocera Document Solutions said, "Kyocera's HyPAS platform is standard across the winning devices. It is the combination of hardware reliability and the unique flexibility that HyPAS offers, including applications like Kyocera MyQ which controls and secures document workflows that make integration with any network environment so easy. The devices are also mobile print ready, a necessary part of daily workflow.”
Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency
Kyocera continued to validate its commitment to 'best in class' energy efficiency. When compared to comparable A4 monochrome MFPs in its speed band, both the ECOSYS M3550idn and ECOSYS M3560idn consumed 47 percent less energy, while the ECOSYS M6526cdn consumed 43 percent less than average. Each device also comes with a toner-save mode to help reduce toner use while printing and copying, and a proof mode which helps to reduce paper and consumable waste.
Oliver Kreth, General Manager European Marketing at Kyocera Documents Solutions commented, "This award recognises our achievements in producing attractive products with output of the highest standard and with minimal impact on the environment. Reduced energy consumption helps by cutting CO2 emissions and lowering energy costs. As a result of our long life components, Kyocera products stand out from the crowd when it comes to running costs and minimal waste for our customers. The devices are compliant with Blue Angel and many other levels of environmental certification. Our combination of hardware reliability and extensive business applications provide an extremely robust offering that can integrate in virtually any environment."
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About BLI’s Picks
Twice a year with its Pick awards, BLI gives special recognition in each category to those products that provided the most outstanding performances in BLI’s exhaustive lab tests.
BLI’s awards stand alone in that they are based on a rigorous battery of lab tests that takes approximately two months to complete. The evaluation includes an extensive durability test, during a portion of which each unit is run at the manufacturer's maximum duty cycle. BLI’s durability test is unique among office product evaluations and uniquely qualifies BLI to assess reliability, a critical factor for buyers and IT directors.
Other performance attributes evaluated include ease of use, media handling, productivity and value, among others. Each product that successfully passes BLI’s lab test earns BLI’s Recommended or Highly Recommended seal and a BLI Certificate of Reliability and the best performers qualify as Pick contenders. Consequently, a BLI Pick is a hard-earned award that buyers and IT directors can trust to better guide them in their acquisition decisions.
About Kyocera Document Solutions
Kyocera Document Solutions headquartered in Osaka, Japan is a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, including colour and monochrome multifunctional products and printers and wide format devices. Kyocera’s products are renowned for their unique long-life imaging components that provide greater reliability, less waste - resulting in a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over the life of the product.
The Kyocera Document Solutions portfolio does not stop at hardware. A full suite of business applications and consultative services allow customers to optimize and manage their document workflow, unleashing the full potential of their hardware investment. Kyocera Document Solutions is a core company of Kyocera Corporation, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components.