For the first time in the decades-long history of BLI's awards, a manufacturer has won the A3 MFP Line of the Year award for a fourth consecutive year. The most coveted honour bestowed by Buyers Lab, the world's leading authority on document imaging devices and solutions, Line of the Year is awarded once a year to the vendors whose products are determined to be the best in their respective categories of models tested in BLI's rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation.
For 2014, as it has every year since 2011, that prestigious title goes to Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH.
"What Konica Minolta has achieved with a fourth consecutive Line of the Year win is unprecedented," said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman. "The fact that year after year Konica Minolta continues to surpass the competition is a testament to the sustained quality of its A3 line."
"What it boils down to with Konica Minolta is consistency," said George Mikolay, BLI's senior product editor for A3/Copier MFPs. "Whereas competing lines may stand out in certain speed bands, or in either colour or black, Konica Minolta's engines stand out across the board—in reliability, ease of use and image quality—in virtually all speed bands in both colour and black. No other vendor brings the same quality of performance across its product line to the same degree."