OKI Data Americas announces that its recently-launched MB401 Series mono multifunction printers (MFPs) have been named "Pick" award recipients by Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI). Specifically, the MB461/MB471 models received a "Pick" award for "Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Small Workgroups,"
and the MB491 received a "Pick" award for "Outstanding A4 Monochrome MFP for Mid-Size Workgroups." "Pick" awards are given twice annually, recognizing products that provided the most outstanding performances in BLI's exhaustive lab tests.
According to BLI, the MB401 Series MFPs from OKI win for both their economy and efficiency. Receiving "Pick" awards in the small and mid-size workgroup monochrome MFP categories, respectively, BLI observed that the OKI MB461/MB471 and MB491 MFPs offer rated speeds of 35 ppm and 42 ppmi and a compact design.
"For users that need a fast and affordable monochrome MFP, the OKI MB401 Series products are a great choice," said BLI Senior Test Technician, Tony Maceri. "Most print jobs are just a few pages long, so fast first-print times mean improved worker productivity, and that is just one area where these OKI products excel. The low purchase price is an added bonus."
BLI's awards stand alone in that they are based on a rigorous battery of lab tests that takes approximately two months to complete. The evaluation includes an extensive durability test, during a portion of which each unit is run at the manufacturer's maximum duty cycle. BLI's durability test is unique among office product evaluations and uniquely qualifies BLI to assess reliability, a critical factor for buyers and IT directors.
Other performance attributes evaluated include ease of use, media handling, productivity and value, among others. Each product that successfully passes BLI's lab test earns BLI's "Recommended" or "Highly Recommended" seal and a BLI "Certificate of Reliability" and qualifies as a "Pick" award contender. Consequently, a BLI "Pick" is a hard-earned award that buyers and IT directors can trust to better guide them in their acquisition decisions.
Part of OKI's second generation series of A4 monochrome multifunction printers, the MB461, MB471, and MB491 models combine a powerful feature set with advanced multifunction capabilities at a competitive acquisition cost paired with a low total cost of ownership. The MB401 MFP Series is ideal for demanding small- and mid-sized workgroups, offering economical and versatile printing capabilities all within a compact device.
"OKI is honored to receive the BLI 'Pick' awards for our MB461, MB471 and MB491 mono MFPs," said Hiroyuki Fukushima, Director of Non-Impact Printer Product Marketing for OKI Data Americas. "SMB users will find the MB401 Series MFPs to be valuable additions to their workplace."
Fukushima continued, "OKI is committed to providing affordable printing solutions to the SMB market. The MB401 Series delivers exceptional value, superior media handling and low total cost of ownership all backed by an outstanding warranty."
The MB401 Series builds off of the success of OKI's MB460 and MB470 A4 monochrome multifunction printers, and offers users with increased print speeds, longer consumable life, improved front panel graphical display, scan-to capabilities, and wireless functionality (MB471w). The MB401 Series also includes eco-friendly attributes including LED technology, standard duplex, auto power off and ultra-low energy consumption. All features and functionality are designed to optimize performance within small to mid-sized workgroups.