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Ricoh Printers Win Buyers Laboratory “Pick Of The Year” Awards


Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced that two printer models have won “Pick of the Year” awards from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI). As part of the 2007 fall winners, the Ricoh Aficio SP 8100DN won the award for Large Workgroup Monochrome Printer, while the Aficio SP 9100DN took honors in the Departmental Monochrome Printer category.

The Aficio SP 8100DN, ideal for large work environments with demanding print needs, was recognized for its excellent overall performance during BLI’s lab tests, offering exceptional print quality, reliability and comprehensive management utilities. In addition, BLI praised the printer for its in-depth feedback to users, software utilities that simplify output management on the network and extensive security features that protect sensitive data.

The Aficio SP 9100DN also performed extremely well during BLI’s tests, offering unmatched reliability, superb productivity and top-notch overall print quality in the busiest of work environments. Designed to handle demanding workloads at high print speeds, the Aficio SP 9100DN also provides optional finishers, an audible alarm and highly visible warning beacons to handle large jobs quickly and efficiently, warranting BLI’s “Pick of the Year” for departmental monochrome printers.

“Ricoh is proud to have two of our products recognized by BLI as the top models in their respective categories,” said Ron Potesky, vice president of corporate product marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We understand that the consumers in these markets are looking for powerful and highly reliable products that will help their business’s bottom line. Winning these awards is a testament to our ability to deliver innovative products that exceed our customers’ needs.”

The BLI “Pick of the Year” awards are presented semi-annually to the products that perform best in their respective categories based on in-depth lab tests performed by BLI experts. Each product is evaluated in all critical performance areas including reliability, image quality, productivity, print drivers, feedback to workstations, administrative utilities, ease of use, network setup, toner yield and cost of ownership.

About Buyers Laboratory

For more than 45 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry’s most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI’s US and UK laboratories, the company has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company’s databases cover 10,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry’s most trustworthy and complete source for global competitive intelligence. They are available to BLI subscribers online via the company’s bliQ competitive information service. This encyclopedic resource also provides quick and easy access to BLI’s First Look Reports, Field Test Reports, Lab Test Reports, Solutions Reports, Digital Imaging Review and Business Consumer’s Advisor newsletters and OEM library.

In addition to the testing of office equipment for its subscribers, Buyers Laboratory provides a vast array of confidential for-hire private testing services that include document imaging device beta and pre-launch testing, performance certification testing, consumables testing (such as toner, ink and photoconductors), software and solutions and print media testing (including virgin and recycled papers). For more information on Buyers Laboratory, please call (201) 488-0404, visit or e-mail

About Ricoh Americas Corporation Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 71-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2006 sales in excess of $17 billion, an 8.4 percent increase over the previous year.

Ricoh Americas Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh’s fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents. Ricoh’s line of document management devices include, color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators, production printing products and wide format engineering systems. Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document and printing solutions directly and through strategic alliances enhancing office productivity and document workflow. Ricoh’s document management software enhances workgroup collaboration and offers secure storage, retrieval and sharing of critical information.

Ricoh Americas Corporation directly or through its network of authorized independent dealers markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America. For fiscal year 2006, Ricoh Americas Corporation sales exceeded $3.3 billion, an increase of 7.4 percent over the previous year.

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