KYOCERA Wins 10 BLI Winter Pick Awards for their Outstanding A3/A4 Multifunction Printers and Energy Efficiency

January 20, 2015

Osaka, Japan - January 20, 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 color 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.

BLI Winter 2015 PickThese 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 color," 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 color 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 Europe 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 which control and secure 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 Europe commented, "This award recognizes 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."

Model Winter Pick
TASKalfa 3010i Outstanding 21- to 30-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP
TASKalfa 3510i Outstanding Entry-Level 31- to 40-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP
TASKalfa 3551ci Outstanding 31- to 40-ppm A3 Color MFP
TASKalfa 6551ci Outstanding 61- to 70-ppm A3 Color MFP
TASKalfa 7551ci Outstanding 71- to 80-ppm A3 Color MFP
TASKalfa 8001i Outstanding 71- to 80-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP
ECOSYS M3550idn Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups
ECOSYS M3550idn Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency
ECOSYS M3560idn Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency
ECOSYS M6526cdn Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency
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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 Inc.

KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. headquartered in Osaka, Japan is a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, including color 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 Inc. 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. During the year ended March 31, 2014, KYOCERA Corporation's net sales totaled 1.45 trillion yen (approx. USD14.1 billion).


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