Konica Minolta Bizhub MFPs Receive Three BLI “Pick of the Year” Awards


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BLI Chooses bizhub C451, bizhub C550, bizhub C650 for Outstanding Color, Reliability, Quality, Productivity

Ramsey, N.J. and Hackensack, N.J. – December 18, 2007 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that Buyers Laboratory, Inc. (BLI) has recognized three of its next-generation bizhub Multifunctional Products (MFPs – print, copy, fax, and scan all in one) as “Picks of the Year” in the category of Outstanding Segment 4 Business Color MFPs. BLI’s semi-annual “Pick” awards acknowledge the very best performers in its unique battery of tests which evaluate a wide range of the most important performance factors for buyers, including reliability, image quality, productivity, ease of use and a host of connectivity attributes.

The three Konica Minolta bizhub(TM) MFPs that received the “Pick” awards were the first in a revolutionary new line of network-enabled MFPs designed to offer significant quality and performance enhancements when replacing color MFPs. The next-generation of bizhub MFPs also provides innovative security features and allows IT administrators to painlessly administer Digital MFPs on their networks while increasing workflow capabilities in the office.

“Konica Minolta has certainly done its homework in developing this new engine,” said Pete Emory, manager of laboratory testing at BLI. “Print quality is one thing, but to have copy quality that rivals it is outstanding. From multi-tasking to scanning, to their competitive to aggressive prices, these three units are dependable MFPs for business color customers, general office use and color environments.”

With fast color and cost-effective black and white output, the bizhub C650 provides all-in-one functionality for high-end office workgroups and applications that require 50 pages per minute (ppm) color and 65 ppm black and white document production. All incorporate advanced Konica Minolta technologies and new innovative features that deliver better image quality, reliability and enhanced productivity as well as a true, secured networked solution for document workflow management. The bizhub C550, which combines breakthrough styling with fast color and cost-effective black and white output was the first in the next-generation series, and provides all-in-one functionality (print, copy, scan, fax) for high-end office workgroups and applications that require 45 pages per minute (ppm) color and 55 ppm black and white document production. Meanwhile, the bizhub C451 is a true color replacement for monochrome devices and incorporates innovative new features such as the tandem laser print head and improvements that deliver better image quality, reliability and enhanced productivity.

“We at Konica Minolta are honored that BLI recognized all three of the first MFPs released in our next-generation bizhub line,” said Kevin Kern, vice president, marketing and product planning, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “This award echoes the same sentiment we’re seeing in the marketplace, and it’s great validation that our superb color image quality continues to stand head and shoulders above the competition.”

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About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us), a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, brings together unparalleled advances in security, print quality and network integration via its award-winning line of bizhub(TM) multifunction products (MFPs); bizhub PRO(TM) production printing systems; magicolor(R) desktop color laser printers and all-in-ones; and pagepro(TM) monochrome desktop laser printers and all-in-ones. Konica Minolta also offers advanced software solutions, wide-format printers, microform digital imaging systems, and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, NJ, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and client support through an extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.

About Buyers Laboratory
For more than 45 years, Buyers Laboratory 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 for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company’s databases cover 10,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry’s most trustworthy and complete source for global competitive intelligence. They are available to BLI subscribers online via the company’s bliQ competitive information service. This encyclopedic resource also provides quick and easy access to BLI’s First Look Reports, Field Test Reports, Lab Test Reports, Solutions Reports, Digital Imaging Review and Business Consumer’s Advisor newsletters and OEM library.

In addition to the testing of office equipment for its subscribers, Buyers Laboratory provides 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), software and solutions and print media testing (including virgin and recycled papers).

For more information on Buyers Laboratory, please call (201) 488-0404, visit www.buyerslab.com, or e-mail [email protected].

Konica Minolta Corporate Contact:
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000
[email protected]

Konica Minolta Media Contact:
Frank Tutalo
Lois Paul and Partners
+1 781.782.5761
[email protected]

BLI Corporate Contact:
Jane Lyons
Buyers Laboratory Inc.
+1 201.488.0404
[email protected]

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