January 15, 2015 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC, the world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, today awarded Outstanding Achievement accolades to the most energy-efficient devices tested in the past six months, with honors going to models from Brother, Canon, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Ricoh and Samsung. The winners exhibited significantly lower than average energy consumption for their respective product categories and offer a variety of environmentally friendly features to help users reduce their overall environmental impact.
After analyzing the results for the top performers in a range of printer and MFP categories, BLI gave Winter 2015 Outstanding Achievement awards to the following products:
The 30-ppm Brother MFC-L8850CDW has been awarded BLI’s Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency award in the A4 color MFP category for small and midsize workgroups for an impressive demonstration of energy efficiency. With energy costs 45 percent lower than average, it offers one of the lowest overall projected annual energy consumption rates in its class when running BLI’s energy consumption job stream test. To reduce paper use, the MFC-L8850CDW offers job review, proof and blank-page removal modes for print output. The device also has the ability to distinguish text from other content on the page in order to print text using only black toner (while printing the other elements on the page using color toner), which can help to conserve color toner.
BLI has awarded the Canon imageCLASS MF6180dw Outstanding Achievement recognition for its substantially lower than average energy consumption rate. When compared with competitive A4 monochrome MFPs for small workgroups, the device’s projected annual energy consumption rate was 47 percent lower than average. The unit also demonstrated considerably faster than average recovery times from sleep mode, so users can be sure that setting the imageCLASS MF6180dw to enter sleep mode after the shortest amount of time possible won’t impede productivity. Additionally, the display remains off when print jobs are sent to the device while in sleep mode, preventing needless energy consumption. The device’s tested toner yield also exceeded the manufacturer’s rated yield. The imageCLASS MF6180dw shares this award with the imageCLASS MF6160dw, which uses the same engine.
The Konica Minolta bizhub C3350 outshone the competition thanks to its 43 percent lower than average estimated annual energy consumption rate, which helped it gain a BLI Outstanding Achievement award for energy efficiency for the Winter 2015 test season. With an estimated annual energy consumption rate that’s 51 percent lower than the average of A4 monochrome MFPs for midsize/large workgroups tested to date, the Konica Minolta bizhub 4750 also earned a BLI Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency award. In addition, both devices’ tested toner yields exceeded rated yields during testing. Job review and proof modes help to reduce paper and consumables waste and toner-save mode for print output helps to reduce toner use. The units also meet the requirements for US ENERGY STAR, EU RoHS, Canada EcoLogo, ECMA-370/The Eco Declaration, Germany Blue Angel, Japan Eco Mark and Korea Eco Label.
Three KYOCERA ECOSYS models earn BLI Outstanding Achievement accolades in regards to energy consumption. Compared with the average for A4 monochrome MFPs in its speed band, the KYOCERA ECOSYS M3550idn offers an estimated annual energy consumption rate that’s 47 percent lower. The KYOCERA ECOSYS M3560idn’s estimated annual energy consumption rate is also 47 percent lower than average, while the annual energy rate of the ECOSYS M6526cdn, which shares this award with the ECOSYS M6026cdn, is about 43 percent lower than average. Each device also comes with a toner-save mode to help reduce toner use while printing and copying, and a proof mode for print output that helps to reduce paper and consumables waste.
With an estimated annual energy consumption rate that’s an astounding 76 percent below the average for models in its class, the 20-ppm Ricoh MP C2003 has earned a BLI Winter 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency award for its unmatched environmental performance when compared against competitive devices in its speed range. Ricoh also received energy efficiency recognitions for the MP 5054, MP 3554 and MP C2503. With a projected annual energy consumption that’s 49 percent lower than the average, the Ricoh MP 3554 has the lowest projected energy rate in its class. And the Ricoh MP 5054 has a projected annual energy consumption that’s 43 percent lower than the average. Not to be outdone, the MP C2503’s estimated annual energy rate was a stunning 62 percent lower than average.
The Samsung Xpress M2885FW gave an excellent overall performance during BLI’s environmental evaluation, helping it earn a BLI Winter 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency award. While running BLI’s real-world environmental job stream test, the unit exhibited an estimated annual energy consumption rate about 48 percent lower than the average of A4 monochrome MFPs in the personal/small workgroup segment. The unit also enters sleep mode at its set time during an error condition, which helps to reduce energy use while waiting for maintenance or repairs to be performed. Additionally, the unit exhibited faster than average recovery times from sleep mode, which helps to increase productivity while conserving energy.
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