Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) has certified the Kyocera TASKalfa 406ci multifunctional printer (MFP) as both "Highly Recommended" and "Highly Reliable" for 2016. BLI is a leading independent provider of product intelligence for the imaging industry, trusted by buyers and IT directors around the world.
BLI cited Kyocera's "outstanding reliability," and noted that their excellent features combined with ease of network setup, color print productivity and robust functionality "make for an outstanding value." Moreover, BLI said that the TASKalfa 406ci MFP compared favorably to other devices in its class, with "more advanced finishing, strong scanning and enhanced ease of use."
Marlene Orr, Director, Office Equipment Product Analysis at BLI said, in summary, "The TASKalfa Kyocera 406ci MFP offers the robust functionality of a large device in a more compact footprint, and at a much lower price than larger devices in this speed range."
"It's an honor to receive such a strong recommendation from Buyers Lab." said Ryuzo Morita, Director of KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. and Senior General Manager of its Corporate Strategy Planning Division. "We believe that this device, high reliability backed up by Buyers Lab, will certainly help to optimize our customers' document workflow."
The evaluation was comprehensive. For approximately two months, BLI conducted assessments of virtually all features, capabilities, and performance measures: reliability, multitasking, image quality, ease of network set-up, print drivers, administrative utilities, scanning, and feedback to workstations.
Testing for the Reliability Certification was particularly rigorous, including both simplex and duplex jobs and a range of paper sizes and stocks. The TASKalfa 406ci performed exceptionally well, completing 150,000 print impressions and 15,000 scans with only one misfeed and not a single service interruption. BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri commented: "Truly impressive... combined with simple procedures for routine maintenance, users can be assured of maximum uptime."
Image quality was assessed for both black-and-white and color, and in both standard resolution and 1200-dpi mode. But it was the high-resolution output that really caught the attention of Joe Ellerman, BLI Manager of Laboratory Operations: "Skin tones were very natural, and colors were vibrant with detail that jumped right off the page."
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Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the imaging industry's leading independent provider of analytical information and services. For more than 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI data when making purchasing decisions, while industry professionals have turned to it for competitive intelligence when creating marketing strategies. BLI's services, which are also accessible via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of test reports, images, and manufacturer's literature--as well as industry tools that help configure products, calculate total cost-of-ownership (TCO), and determine annual power usage. BLI also consults with manufacturers, helping them develop and market more efficient products and consumables.