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Canon, Xerox and Fujitsu Earn Buyers Laboratory Pick Recognition In Scanner and Fax Categories

4 Jun, 2008

Canon, Xerox and Fujitsu Earn Buyers Laboratory Pick Recognition In Scanner and Fax Categories

Hackensack, NJ (May 28, 2008) – Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), the world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, announced its prestigious Spring 2008 “Pick” awards in the scanner and fax categories today. BLI regularly acknowledges the very best performers with its semi-annual “Pick” awards. The awards are given to products that perform best in BLI’s proprietary tests, which evaluate a wide range of the most important performance factors for buyers, including reliability, ease of use, productivity and value, among others.

Canon U.S.A. was cited in the fax category, as well as with three “Picks” in the scanner category, while Fujitsu and Xerox were honored in the scanner category.

Scanners Have Come A Long Way In A Short Time
“In just the year since BLI added scanners to the roster of products tested, we have seen tremendous improvements in this dynamic product category,” said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman. “Not only are they more compact and easier to use, but many include features that buyers used to have to pay more for.”

In the past six months, the lab saw outstanding performances from scanners spanning the gamut from mobile models all the way up to production. Of these, five models were selected as BLI’s “Picks” as being best in class:
a.. Fujitsu ScanSnap S300, an 8-ppm (16 ipm) mobile scanner;
b.. Canon imageFORMULA DR-2510C, a 25-ppm (50 ipm) workgroup scanner;
c.. Canon ScanFront 220P, a 26-ppm (35 ipm) network scanner;
d.. Xerox DocuMate 262i, a 38-ppm (76 ipm) departmental scanner; and
e.. Canon imageFORMULA DR-X10C, a 128-ppm (256 ipm) mid-volume production scanner.

Canon Scanners Demonstrate Cross-Category Excellence
With excellent marks for reliability across the board, three Highly Recommended scanners from Canon were all named Spring “Picks” by BLI in their respective categories. While users looking for an “Outstanding Mid-Volume Production Scanner” will benefit from the fast scan speeds, excellent image processing features and outstanding ease of use of the DR-X10C, networked users can securely and very easily scan from BLI’s “Pick” for “Outstanding Network Scanner,” the ScanFront 220P, which offers fingerprint authentication. “With one-touch scan presets that can be conveniently located on the main screen of the unit’s color touch-screen display, the ScanFront 220P sets a new benchmark for ease of use in this category,” said BLI Test Technician Joe Ellerman.

The Canon DR-2510C earned BLI’s “Pick” award for “Outstanding Workgroup Scanner” because of its excellent overall feature set and media-handling capabilities, as well as its very good overall ease of use and excellent overall value. “This unit also demonstrated nearly flawless OCR accuracy, even when scanning BLI’s challenging very light document,” noted BLI Research Editor Lisa Reider.

“From the workgroup to production environments, Canon scanners stand at the forefront of scanning innovation, delivering a range of convenient features to satisfy real-world needs in the most practical and easy-to-use devices,” said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Systems Group. “These awards from Buyers Lab put the spotlight on some of the results of Canon’s rich history of digital document imaging scanning and innovation.”

Fujitsu’s Smallest Scanner Offers Big Value
Designed for on-the-go professionals and front offices with limited workspace, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 earned a Spring 2008 “Pick” award for “Outstanding Mobile Scanner.” Unlike most other mobile scanners on the market, the ScanSnap S300 features a ten-sheet automatic document feeder and duplexing functionality. Additionally, the unit’s bundled CardMinder software for business card scanning, its choice of two different power sources and standard carrying case add to its overall value.

“On top of its very good feature set, the ScanSnap S300 was very easy to use, extremely easy to set up and exhibited flawless reliability,” said BLI’s Ellerman.

“Fujitsu continuously looks to the evolving market landscape and the changing needs of the industry to help drive the company’s next wave of innovation and product development,” said Scott Francis, director of product marketing, Imaging Products Group, for Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. “We’re honored to receive this recognition and will remain focused on growing our product line to enhance the performance and productivity for every work environment, from high production scanning all the way down to desktop and mobile users.”

Xerox DocuMate Tops In Departmental Category
An excellent value, the Xerox DocuMate 262i earned BLI’s Spring 2008 “Pick” for “Outstanding Departmental Scanner.” “This model offers very good overall ease of use, media-handling capabilities and bundled software, all for half the price of competitive units tested,” said BLI’s Reider. This unit comes bundled with Nuance OmniPage, PaperPort and the latest version of Kofax VirtualReScan Basic 4.2, which integrates with the unit’s Visioneer OneTouch for simple automated clean-up of documents ensuring optimal OCR. This unit also offers a new front-feeding input tray to scan plastic ID cards and faster than average scan speeds in color mode.

“We’re delighted and honored to have the Xerox DocuMate 262i recognized as the BLI “Pick” in its category,” said John Capurso, vice president of marketing, Xerox Scanners. “The development team did an outstanding job combining innovation, features, reliability and value into this scanner. The patent-pending front feed adds a level of flexibility that users have wanted.”

Excellent Performance Merits Canon A “Pick” for “Outstanding Fax-Centric MFP”
Very good productivity, print output and ease of use have earned the Canon LASER CLASS 830i a “Pick of the Year” for “Outstanding Fax-Centric MFP.”

“In addition to being highly reliable and an excellent overall performer in BLI’s two-month evaluation, this 23-ppm model provides all of its functionality—walk-up, PC, network and Internet faxing, convenience copying, PC printing and network printing and scanning—standard and at a competitive price,” said Lynn Nannariello, BLI’s assistant managing editor.

Also contributing to BLI’s decision to give the LASER CLASS 830i this award are its above average multitasking capabilities, good scanning capabilities, including color scanning, and generous standard memory and paper capacities.

“The Canon LASER CLASS 830i model has been designed to help facilitate increases in productivity when handling documents in both hard-copy and electronic formats,” said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manger, Enterprise Systems Division, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This recognition from Buyers Lab puts the spotlight on the powerful attributes and capabilities of the LASER CLASS 830i."

For complete test reports and test results on any of these products, call 201-488-0404 or visit www.buyerslab.com

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