Konica Minolta Receives Summer 2012 'Pick' Awards from BLI

Market-Leading Performance of Products and Solutions Earns Industry Awards for Excellence

Market-Leading Performance of Products and Solutions Earns Industry Awards for Excellence


Ramsey, NJ – August 16, 2012 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) has awarded Konica Minolta Summer 2012 “Pick” Awards recognizing the bizhub® C754/C654 Color Multifunctional Products (MFP - print, copy, fax and scan all in one system) and the Konica Minolta Unity Document Suite 7 as determined by rigorous competitive testing.  The recently introduced Konica Minolta INFO-Palette Design also received Outstanding Achievement recognition.

“Both the bizhub C654 and bizhub C754 proved highly reliable over the course of more than 200,000 impressions each, and proved to be among the most productive models we’ve ever tested in their respective speed ranges,” said George Mikolay, BLI senior product editor for A3/Copier MFPs. “Not only did these models deliver scanning times up to twice as fast as competing units, but they were also much faster than average in all copy and print tests we ran.“

BLI recognized Konica Minolta with the following awards:


  • bizhub C754 – “Pick” Award for “Outstanding 71- to 80-ppm A3 Color MFP”
  • bizhub C654 – “Pick” Award for “Outstanding 61-to 70-ppm A3 Color MFP”
  • Konica Minolta Unity Document Suite 7 – “Pick” Award for “Outstanding Desktop Document Imaging Suite”
  • Konica Minolta INFO-Palette Design – “Outstanding Achievement in Control Panel Design”


Twice a year with its “Pick” awards, BLI gives special recognition to the hardware and software products that provide the most outstanding performances in BLI’s unique evaluations. For hardware, awards are based on a rigorous battery of lab tests that includes an extensive durability test along with an assessment of copy and print quality, productivity, ease of use and economy, as well as connectivity issues such as feedback to workstations, administration utilities, print drivers, multitasking and scanning solutions. Software solutions undergo an in-depth, hands-on review that focuses on key attributes for a solution’s target market and compares how well the product stacks up against leading competitors.  In addition, BLI’s coveted “Outstanding Achievement” awards acknowledge those products that bring capabilities that stand out for their extraordinary ingenuity, usefulness, energy efficiency or value.

“Konica Minolta continues to push the boundaries to simplify the overall user experience for its customers,” added Mikolay. “The new control panel allows users to switch to any of three interfaces they wish on the fly, providing unmatched flexibility for users to choose the interface that best fits their needs.”

“Extreme ease of use is the hallmark of Unity Document Suite,” noted BLI Senior Editor Lisa Reider. “The package can be installed without the help of an IT administrator and users can set up their own folders or simply use one of the pre-set standard folder destinations. This ensures that knowledge workers can be up and running quickly to take advantage of the suite’s productivity-enhancing features.“


“Receiving 'Pick' awards from BLI, as well as an award for our recently launched INFO-Palette Design, further supports the leading innovation, proven performance and exceptional capabilities of the bizhub MFP family of products and solutions,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  “We are always striving to ensure that customers can count on Konica Minolta for their entire scope of document management needs, and these awards further demonstrate our commitment to innovation that is necessary in obtaining this objective.”


About Buyers Laboratory

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.


About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced document management technologies and Managed IT Services for the desktop to the print shop. For the fifth consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys.  BLI has named Konica Minolta 2012 “Document Imaging Solutions Line of the Year” and “A3 MFP Line of the Year” award winner for the company’s solution portfolio and award-winning line of bizhub Multifunctional Products.  For more information, please visit www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook (@Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A), YouTube (@KonicaMinoltaUS), and Twitter (@KonicaMinoltaUS).


Konica Minolta Contact

Rachel Reed

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.

+1 856.381.0651



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