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Top-rated All-in-one Multifunction Printers for 2017


Mark Flesch
Author: Mark Flesch Date: 09/15/2017

Multifunction printers (MFPs) have become invaluable tools for businesses both big and small, offering not only the ability to print documents, but technology that can securely scan, email, fax and more. These capabilities distinguish MFPs and offer key differences over standard copier machines.

Keypoint Intelligence recently designated several MFPs to receive its Buyers Lab Pick and Pacesetter awards. This unbiased organization is the world’s leading independent provider of testing services and analytical information to the document imaging industry, and bases their ratings on rigorous test data, durability assessments and evaluations of key attributes such as usability, image quality and value.

We’re proud that several MFPs offered by the Gordon Flesch Company were among the best performers and made their Summer 2017 top recommended products list, including the following.

Canon MFP Awards

  • Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C255iF — Outstanding Color Multifunction Printer for SMBs

  • Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C355iF — Outstanding Color Multifunction Printer for Large Workgroups

  • Canon imageCLASS MF410 Series — Outstanding Multifunction Printer for Small Workgroups

  • Canon Color imageCLASS LBP712Cdn — Outstanding Color Printer for Large Workgroups

Keypoint Intelligence specifically called out Canon MFPs for their high-quality color and peak performance for busy workgroups. The Canon brand surpassed the competition, with several of its devices taking home Pick awards. 

Marlene Orr, Director of Printer/MFP Analysis for Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab, stated that, “The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C355iF and C255iF provide high-level functionality in a compact footprint. And, thanks to a large, highly intuitive, smartphone-style interface, both promise to keep workers productive. For those that need only printing, the Color imageCLASS LBP712Cdn is robust choice, with fast speeds, flexible mobile support, and high-quality output.”

Canon also shines in the small workgroup category, with the imageCLASSMF410 Series being designated as an ideal choice because of its ability to boost efficiencies with its robust mobile support, straightforward design and simple operation at the panel or from a desktop. This is consistent with comments we regularly hear from our clients.

Sharp MFP Awards

  • Sharp — BLI PaceSetter in MFP Platforms & App Ecosystems 2017–2018

Sharp, a pioneer in manufacturing MFPs, is still a leader in the industry and received the PaceSetter award in the MFP Platforms & App Ecosystems arena. The award recognizes manufacturers that offer the most robust device-centric software platforms and associated apps to help customers get the most from their equipment investment. They continue to innovate and have the added value of well-vetted developer partners. Their customer service and dealer support were called out as adding exceptional value, and we can attest to that here at the Gordon Flesch Company.

Other Recognition: Document Security 

One of the advantages of an MFP over a traditional printer or copier is its ability to provide enhanced document security. Two Gordon Flesch Company systems were recognized as winners of the first-ever BLI PaceSetter awards for Document Imaging Security. These awards recognize manufacturers that are best equipped to help ensure device, network and document security for their customers.

  • Canon — BLI PaceSetter in Document Imaging Security 2017–2018

  • Lexmark — BLI PaceSetter in Document Imaging Security 2017–2018

Canon stood out for its strong data loss prevention solutions. Its ability to provide high degrees of security across a variety of its devices, as well as its certifications and fleet management security solutions, proved challenging for its competitors, but not for Canon. We couldn’t agree more; Canon’s fleet management security is outstanding. 

Lexmark also received accolades for its device authentication and hard drive security. Its firmware, app integrity and Markvision Enterprise device management software also earned high marks for the ability to continuously check network devices and proactively address security concerns.

View all the Summer 2017 awards given to various office technology solutions on the Keypoint Intelligence website.

We know that the types and brands of MFPs are as varied as their capabilities, and finding the right one to meet your business needs can be confusing. The Gordon Flesch Company can help you sift through the sea of choices and provide a solution that meets the unique challenges your organization faces. Reach out to us today for a free, no obligation consultation.

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Written by Mark Flesch

Mark joined the Gordon Flesch Company in 2008, rising from Account Executive to Vice President of Sales, Eastern Region. Today, he is Chief Operating Officer of the Gordon Flesch Company.

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