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Konica Minolta wins BLI ‘Line of the Year’ ultimate accolade again!


For the second consecutive year, Konica Minolta Business Solutions has won Buyers Laboratory Inc.'s (BLI's) coveted A3 MFP Line of the Year award. Every year BLI, the leading global provider of information and testing services to the digital imaging industry, recognises the vendors whose product lines are the best based on the results of individual models.


"Winning BLI's A3 MFP Line of the Year award for the second year in a row doesn't just make us proud, it also gives all our customers the confidence, that they are using a high quality product at the cutting edge of technology", says Jonathan Wilson, Market Development Manager for Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK)."
George Mikolay, senior product editor, A3/Copier MFPs at BLI says, "The Konica Minolta line continues to impress, including 14 A3 Pick winners, more than any other MFP vendor." Among all 14 Pick winners, not a single malfunction occurred. The only service required was for routine scheduled preventive maintenance. When all currently available tested A3 multifunctional peripherals (MFPs) are considered, Konica Minolta has the best reliability record of all eligible vendors.






Konica Minolta earned six individual Picks for its business colour products, ranging in speed from 22 to 65 pages per minute. Unlike the majority of business colour models, Konica Minolta's products maintain very good and consistent output from start to finish over the course of BLI's high volume tests. In addition, all of Konica Minolta's colour Pick winners received high marks for both business graphics and photographic images. For more graphics intensive environments, Konica Minolta offers an EFI Fiery controller option for models from 28 ppm and above.


Equally strong on the monochrome side, Konica Minolta's line currently has eight monochrome Pick winners ranging in speed from 22 ppm to 75 ppm. Common to the majority of these Pick winners are fast scan speeds and exceptional paper handling capabilities, including modular finishing options that allow users to upgrade easily as their needs evolve. Above average performances by most in BLI's real world job stream test eliminates unproductive wait times in environments in which multiple users send jobs to the device at once, during busy times of the day.


Offering security features such as hard drive overwrite as standard rather than optional, Konica Minolta provides a comprehensive offering of standard security measures for its A3 products, as well as a biometric access control option for quick authentication. The company's print drivers feature the award-winning My Tab, allowing the first tab of Konica Minolta's print drivers to be customised for each user. Comparably equipped, most of the Konica Minolta models BLI tested also offer suggested retail prices that are competitive to lower than average for their respective groups and typically offer strong features sets.


Further enhancing the value of this line is bizhub Extended Solution Technology (bEST), which enables integration of Konica Minolta devices with a range of applications to help automate and streamline workflows. A big bonus for Konica Minolta MFP buyers is that between the company's self developed solutions and offerings from third parties evaluated by Buyers Lab, Konica Minolta sells the best, most well rounded offering of document imaging solutions of any other hardware vendor in the document imaging industry, winning it BLI's inaugural award for "Document Imaging Solutions Line of the Year."


Konica Minolta's A3 business colour winners include the bizhub C220; bizhub C280; bizhub C360; bizhub C452; bizhub C552/C552DS; and bizhub C652/C652DS. Konica Minolta's current A3 monochrome winners include the bizhub 652; bizhub 552; bizhub 423; bizhub 363; bizhub 283; bizhub 223; bizhub 601; and bizhub 751.


For more information, please visit: www.konicaminolta.co.uk/awards