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HP, Kodak Scanners Win BLI Summer 2012 Pick Awards

16 Jul, 2012

Hackensack, NJ - July 16, 2012 – Buyers Laboratory LLC, the world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, announced its prestigious Summer 2012 “Pick” awards in the scanner category, with honors going to one Kodak product and one HP product. The “Pick” awards acknowledge the products that gave the best performances in BLI’s extensive suite of laboratory tests.

The Summer 2012 scanner “Pick” winners are:
KODAK Ngenuity 9150
“Outstanding 130-ppm+ A3 Production Scanner”

HP Scanjet Enterprise 8500 fn1 Document Capture Workstation
“Outstanding Network Scanner”

Resplendence Revisited
Reissued under the Kodak brand with enhancements to its 300-dpi speed, firmware and image processing capabilities (thanks to its bundled Kofax VRS Professional 5.0 software), the 150-ppm Ngenuity 9150 gave an even better performance the second time around, helping it earn BLI’s “Pick” for “Outstanding 130-ppm+ A3 Production Scanner” for the Summer 2012 test season. Kodak also improved the unit’s consumables, with a new feed separation roller, which supports an ultra-lightweight feeder kit, and Kodak-branded replacement consumables that help lower the total cost of ownership.  The Ngenuity 9150 exhibited the most accurate overall OCR results of any scanner tested, and demonstrated significantly faster than average speeds when scanning at 200 dpi. The unit also handles a wider range of paper weights and lengths than competitive devices, and offers a larger than average document feeder capacity. In addition, over a three-year period, the Ngenuity 9150 offers a lower than average total cost of ownership and lower than average estimated cost per scan.

Next-Level Networking
The HP Scanjet Enterprise 8500 fn1 Document Capture Workstation proved to be the fastest network scanner BLI has tested. In fact, the unit surpassed its rated speed of 60 ppm by about 12% in both its color and black-and-white modes. But its productivity is not the only reason for the Scanjet Enterprise 8500 fn1’s “Pick” status. The unit also offers a very easy to use full-color touch-screen display complete with access to scan profiles, settings and destinations. And thanks to its higher than average daily scan volume and ADF capacity, users can process more documents in a day than with competitive network scanners tested. A variety of security features help restrict access and protect sensitive data, including two kinds of hard-drive overwrite functionality, a hardware integration pocket for installing optional card readers, user authentication, and support for SSL/TLS for secure data transfers.

About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables. For more information on Buyers Laboratory LLC, please call (201) 488-0404, visit www.buyerslab.com.

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