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Sharp And Xerox Earn Outstanding Achievement Awards

17 Dec, 2008

Sharp And Xerox Earn Outstanding Achievement Awards

Hackensack, NJ (December 2008) - BLI has singled out Sharp for an “Outstanding Achievement Award” for innovation in its newest MFPs. In addition to offering features BLI has praised in the past, such as ImageSEND and Sharpdesk, Sharp’s new MFPs (including the MX-2600N and MX-3100N) build upon those, most notably with the industry’s first standard integrated retractable QWERTY keyboard. “Sharp’s QWERTY keyboard is the next step in its MFP evolution to provide users with all the functionality they need from the control panel of its MFPs,” said BLI Assignments Editor George Mikolay. Indeed, while some other vendors offer the option to plug in a separate QWERTY keyboard into their MFPs, no other vendor has integrated one into its devices. “As the scanning capabilities of MFPs are utilized more and more, the entering of e-mail addresses and longer and more secure passwords is made much simpler with this keyboard versus using the touch-screen keypads typically found on competitive MFPs,” said BLI Manager of Laboratory Testing Pete Emory. Moreover, the optional keyboards of competitive devices are not elegant solutions because they require a work surface to be situated near the MFP to support the keyboard. “Because it makes it easier for users to enter index data, the QWERTY keyboard also helps to make these Sharp devices more functional with integrated software applications, while also making documents easier to retrieve later,” Emory said.

Xerox Earns Acclaim For Image Quality And Innovation

Xerox has been honored with two BLI “Outstanding Achievement Awards”—for the consistently superior image quality displayed by its color MFPs in BLI’s lab tests and another for its innovation in print drivers.

Xerox color MFPs have racked up 12 “Pick” awards since 2004, with six in the last year alone. With “Picks” ranging from convenience color, with the WorkCentre 7242, to business color, with the WorkCentre 7328 and 7345, to critical color, with the DocuColor 242, 252 and 260, a constant with each of the devices is their excellent image quality. Indeed, image quality was always found to be superior to that of other color models tested to date in both color and black.

Xerox Honored For Innovative Print Drivers

For the innovative platform that recognizes and allows users to print to Xerox and non-Xerox output devices on a network, Xerox Corporation has been chosen to receive a BLI “Outstanding Achievement Award” for innovation for its Global Print Driver and Mobile Express Driver.

“In our lab trial using the Xerox Global and Mobile Print Drivers, we were able to print documents on non-Xerox devices, including copier-based and printer-based models, on our test network,” said BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri. “This flexibility allows users in environments with a mix of products to have a single interface when printing to just about any device on the network.”

To find out more about why these products won “Outstanding Achievement Awards”, please click here. For complete test reports and test results on any of these products, call 201-488-0404 or e-mail support@buyerslab.com for subscription information.

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