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IPA Digital Print Forum Shows that the Affordable Toshiba e-STUDIO6530C Image Quality Rivals Production Presses

12 Aug, 2009

IPA Digital Print Forum Shows that the Affordable Toshiba e-STUDIO6530C Image Quality Rivals Production Presses

Irvine, CA (August 2009) – The Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) Regional Dealer Summits in Las Vegas and New Jersey provided the perfect opportunity for the company to proudly communicate the incredible results of their entry into The Association of Graphic Solutions Providers IPA Digital Print Forum – a study designed to exhaustively examine and compare the world’s leading digital production presses. The award-winning e-STUDIO6530C, Toshiba’s fastest and most advanced color product to date, and the first to be evaluated by the forum, was the only machine of ten under the study’s scrutiny designed for the general office user and light production.

“In all test areas, the e-STUDIO6530C performed well in our independent testing,” said Abhay Sharma, chair, School of Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University. “Toshiba has developed a device with a very tight tolerance and at a very, very competitive price point. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this device in the area of color printing and short-run production.”

“We didn’t enter to prove that we could replace the presses. We are participating to show we can complement them. We want to prove we’re comparable to the presses in image quality, color matching and consistency,” said Rory Fox, senior product manager, TABS. “This gives our dealers and customers another example of how the e-STUDIO6530C series can help businesses succeed by reducing the need to outsource short-run on-demand printing, saving significant costs and increasing office productivity.”

The criterion upon which the machines are tested in the annual study include repeatability, consistency, color integrity, color matching and image quality. The results are then reported in a large and content-rich booklet including analysis, a survey of productivity and up-time, and actual press sheets submitted from each device by which the reader can compare individual machines’ print quality against one another.

Systems examined this year included the Canon imagePRESS C7000VP, HP Indigo 7000, Kodak NexPress S3000, Océ CS665 Pro, Presstek 52DI, Screen Truepress 344, Xeikon 8000 and Xeikon 3300, and the Xerox iGen4.

“The results of the study showed that in color matching, consistency and image quality, Toshiba’s e-STUDIO6530c series, priced at under $38,000 with an EFI Fiery controller, does as well or better, than many of the world’s leading production presses priced anywhere from $300,000 to $1 million,” continued Fox.

Designed and manufactured entirely in-house by Toshiba, this new line of high-speed color MFPs launched last October include a laundry-list of new and innovative features, including: color print speeds up to 65 pages-per-minute (PPM), the new Self-Refresh Development System, versatile paper handling options, and instant scanning-to, and printing-from, a portable USB drive. Additionally, multi-user offices and high-volume printing environments can continue to improve productivity with Toshiba’s next generation e-BRIDGE controller for efficient processing and multi-tasking, while the Easily Replaceable Unit design keeps maintenance to an absolute minimum.

Since the series launched a mere nine months ago, it has won a windfall of awards including the coveted top industry accolades. Awards won to date include: “BERTL’s Best 2009,” Better Buys for Business (BBB) “Editor’s Choice 2009,” Buyer’s Laboratory Inc. (BLI) “Pick of the Year,” BBB “Innovative Product of the Year,” BERTL “Five Star Exceptional” rating, BLI “Highly Recommended” and “Highly Reliable” ratings and “Reliability Certified” award.

The Toshiba e-STUDIO6530C series is available through Toshiba’s nationwide network of dealers. To find an authorized dealer near you, or for more information on Toshiba’s award-winning document management products and solutions, please visit www.copiers.toshiba.com. For more details on the IPA Digital Print Forum Report visit www.ipa.org/digitalprint or call (800) 255-8141.

IPA is an international trade association representing creative, premedia and print service providers who specialize in operating powerful digital workflows to create, image and deliver graphics files across multiple media. IPA members are leaders in exploring emerging technologies and applying those technologies to new digital workflows and processes. The 2009 IPA Digital Print Forum is a comprehensive examination of the world's leading digital press systems for production printing. The Digital Print Forum examination included a wide testing criterion of repeatability, color integrity and sheet recyclability. Results of this extensive examination and comparative study are reported in a comprehensive booklet, including results analysis, a survey of productivity and up-time, and actual press sheets submitted from each device.

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers, and toner products throughout the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has five divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; the International Division; and TOPAC U.S.A., Inc., dba Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), a wholly-owned subsidiary corporation of TABS, that operates a network of wholly-owned office equipment dealers throughout the United States. For more information on Toshiba copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers or toner products, or for a dealer in your area, call (800)-GO-TOSHIBA or visit the TABS Web site at www.copiers.toshiba.com.

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