BLI cited Kyocera’s “outstanding reliability,” and noted that their excellent features combined with ease of network setup, colour print productivity and robust functionality “make for an outstanding value.” Moreover, BLI said that the TASKalfa 406ci MFP compared favourably 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 406ci 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 honour 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 optimise 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.
Image quality was assessed for both black-and-white and colour, 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 colours were vibrant with detail that jumped right off the page.”
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.
KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. headquartered in Osaka, Japan is a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems. These include colour and monochrome multi functional products and printers and also wide format devices. Kyocera’s products are renowned for their unique long-life imaging components that provide greater reliability and less waste – resulting in a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over the life of the product.
The KYOCERA Document Solutions portfolio does not stop at hardware. A full suite of business applications and consultative services allows customers to optimise and manage their document workflow, unleashing the full potential of their hardware investment. KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. is a core company of KYOCERA Corporation, the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components. During the year ended March 31, 2015, KYOCERA Corporation’s net sales totalled 1.52 trillion yen (approx. USD 12.7 billion).