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Canon U.S.A. Honored With " Mfp Line Of The Year" And Six "Pick" Awards From Buyers Laboratory Inc.


Canon Takes Top Honors with “MFP Line of the Year” Award While imageRUNNER, imagePROGRAF and imageCLASS Lines Receive Top ’Pick’ Honors As Well

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. – For the sixth time since 2000, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has received the prestigious “MFP Line of the Year” award from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), as well as six additional “Pick of the Year” awards for the imageRUNNER, imagePROGRAF and imageCLASS lines.

Awarded once a year, the “MFP Line of the Year” is bestowed upon the vendor whose product line is determined the best overall based on the cumulative test results from BLI’s rigorous, two-month laboratory evaluation. During the testing and selection process, among the many factors considered are reliability, image quality, productivity, connectivity attributes as well as the breadth of each vendor’s line and its solutions.

In addition to the “MFP Line of the Year,” Canon received six “Pick of the Year” awards for the imagePROGRAF iPF820 in Wide Format, the imageRUNNER 3245i for Segment 4 Monochrome MFP, the imageRUNNER 3225 for Segment 2 Monochrome MFP, the imageRUNNER 3235i for Segment 3 Monochrome MFP, the Color imageRUNNER C2550 for Segment 2 Business Color MFP, and the Color imageCLASS 9170c for Small Workgroup Color Multifunction Printer.

“Canon is honored to receive these prestigious accolades and awards from Buyers Laboratory for our ability to provide customers with innovative products that greatly improve the end-user’s experience,” said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Marketing & Field Sales, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These awards are a testament to Canon’s commitment to providing a range of products and features that meet the diverse digital imaging needs of today’s printing environments, and we look forward to carrying this momentum into the new year with the launch of more products suited for the marketplace.”

According to Daria Hoffman, managing editor at BLI, “Canon has won an astounding 23 MFP ’Picks’ since 2005, including more MFP ’Picks’ than any other vendor this year, three additional ’Outstanding Achievement’ awards and numerous other ’Picks’ for its wide format devices, scanners, fax-centric MFPs and printers. All those ’Picks’ add up, giving Canon the most consistent quality of products across all spectra of the digital imaging industry”

The BLI Honors include:

2008 “MFP Line of the Year”
For the sixth time in less than a decade, Canon has received BLI’s highest award in “MFP Line of the Year” for its comprehensive and user-friendly MFP product line. BLI testing showed that Canon’s MFP line offers the highest levels of reliability, quality and user-friendliness.

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF820 – BLI’s Pick for Wide Format of the Year
Introduced earlier this year, this 44-inch, dual-roll, wide-format printer was designed for the Geographical Information System (GIS) market; Computer-Aided Design (CAD); Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC); Reprographics; and other Technical Document markets. The iPF820 is capable of printing two full-density D/A1-sized (23.4 inches x 33.1 inches) color plots in less than a minute, and finishes E/A0-sized (33.1 inches x 46.8 inches) plots in just 45 seconds including cutting time, and is capable of producing 117 D/A1-sized plots per hourI. The iPF820 offers true 1200 dots-per-inch (dpi) resolution printing with 0.02 mm minimum line widthII, precise ±0.1% line accuracyIII, and a large printing area with only 3 mm (0.12") of margins all around with roll feed paper.

Canon imageRUNNER 3245i – BLI’s Pick for Outstanding Segment 4 Monochrome MFP
Built upon Canon’s new generation imageCHIP II (Concurrent Hyper Intelligent Platform II) system architecture, which allows for faster processing and support for more sophisticated features, the imageRUNNER 3245i produces letter-sized output at up to 45 pages-per-minute and is MEAP (Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform) enabled. In addition, the imageRUNNER 3245i features Canon’s Color Universal Send, award-winning Workflow Composer, and support for scan to, and print from USB Memory Media

Canon imageRUNNER 3225 – BLI’s pick for Outstanding Segment 2 Monochrome MFP
MEAP enabled, the imageRUNNER 3225 is designed to deliver the advanced features and functionality that workgroups and small business demand. The imageRUNNER 3225 delivers standard network printing, color scanning functionality, support for advanced digital workflows, and letter-sized output at up to 25ppm, all from a compact unit.

Canon imageRUNNER 3235i – BLI’s Pick for Outstanding Segment 3 Monochrome MFP
As with the imageRUNNER 3245i and the imageRUNNER 3225, the imageRUNNER 3235i is built on Canon’s new generation imageCHIP II architecture and is MEAP enabled, allowing users to maximize workflow while seamlessly integrating the imageRUNNER 3235i into their workgroups. For optimal business productivity, the imageRUNNER 3235i comes standard with network printing, with support for PCL, PostScript 3™ and Canon’s proprietary UFR II technology, and advanced Color Universal Send capabilities.

Canon Color imageRUNNER C2550 – BLI’s Pick for Outstanding Segment 2 Color MFP
Ideal for smaller offices and workgroups, the Canon Color imageRUNNER C2550 model offers solutions for secure and efficient document collaboration. Using Canon’s imageCHIP system architecture, the new, compact Canon Color imageRUNNER device brings high-performance and data processing capability, as well as reliable color to office users.

Canon Color imageCLASS MF9170c – BLI’s Pick for Outstanding Small Workgroup Color Multifunction Printer
Unveiled earlier this year, this color laser multifunction printer is ideal for small or home office environments that are looking to maximize available space without comprising quality or functionality from their MFP. The imageCLASS MF9170c performs black-and-white and color printing and copying at up to 22ppmIV and supports mobile professionals with features such as Super G3 faxV and a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interfaceVI.

About Buyers Laboratory
Since 1961, 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 10,000-square-foot lab, 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 more than 10,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry’s most trustworthy and complete. 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.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of $39.3 billion, is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting

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† IFI Patent Intelligence, January 2008

I Mechanical print time, measured for 60 consecutive minutes (including head cleaning and cutting time), does not include data processing, transfer time, with multiple copies using printer driver on plain paper at draft (full density) mode. When Economy Mode is on, the speed increases to 120 D/A1 pages per hour.
II Theoretical value based on data resolution.
III After user adjustment and under the same environmental conditions. Applies to media for line drawing only.
IV Speed based on letter-sixed output
V Approximate 3-second-per-page fax transmission time based on ITU-T No. 1 Chart (MMR, Standard Mode) at 33.6 Kbps modem speed when transmitting to another V.34 machine. The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) currently supports 28.8 Kbps modem speeds or lower, depending on telephone line conditions.
VI USB 2.0 Hi-Speed performance requires Windows Vista®, Server 2003, XP, 2000, Mac® OS x (print only), with pre-installed USB 2.0 port.


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