By Konica Minolta 06 May 2014

Konica Minolta Named BLI’s A3 MFP Line of the Year for Unprecedented Fourth Straight Year

For the first time in the decades-long history of BLI's awards, a manufacturer has won the A3 MFP Line of the Year Award for a fourth consecutive year. 

Buyers Lab is the world’s leading authority on document imaging devices and solutions. Its Line of the Year is awarded once a year to the vendors whose products are determined to be the best in their respective categories of models, having been tested in a rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation. 

“With this amazing fourth win, we are record breakers in the market,” said Stevan Caldwell, national marketing manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia. “We have won this prestigious title every year since 2011 thanks to our hardware’s reliable excellence and the dedication of the whole team.”

“What Konica Minolta has achieved with a fourth consecutive Line of the Year win is unprecedented,” said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman. “The fact that year after year Konica Minolta continues to surpass the competition is a testament to the sustained quality of its A3 line.” 

“What it boils down to with Konica Minolta is consistency,” said George Mikolay, BLI’s senior product editor for A3/Copier MFPs. “Whereas competing lines may stand out in certain speed bands, or in either colour or black, Konica Minolta’s engines stand out across the board—in reliability, ease of use and image quality—in virtually all speed bands in both colour and black. No other vendor brings the same quality of performance across its product line to the same degree.”

In addition, Konica Minolta has won 5 additional Pick awards for the following models:

  • bizhub C284e – Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency  
  • bizhub C364e – Outstanding 31– to 40-ppm A3 Colour MFP
  • bizhub C454e – Outstanding 41-to 50-ppm A3 Colour MFP
  • bizhub 554e – Outstanding 51-to 60-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP
  • bizhub 4700P – Outstanding A4 Monochrome Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups

“We are extremely proud to have garnered such strong industry recognition. Receiving ‘Pick’ awards from BLI, as well as the 2014 A3 Line of the Year Award, is testament to the sustained quality and performance of our bizhub MFP solutions,” said Caldwell.

“By assessing reliability, image quality, ease of use, productivity and a range of other criteria, BLI’s tests reveal to customers the products that deliver the best value and performance,” said BLI’s Hoffman.  BLI congratulates Konica Minolta for producing quality performers across the board and once again winning A3 MFP Line of the Year for 2014. 


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