Keypoint Intelligence Recognizes Two Vendors with Buyers Lab PaceSetter Awards 2020–2021 in Ease of Use: Enterprise Devices

Based on Buyers Lab testing as well as research conducted on the enterprise market, these awards recognize the OEMs that have incorporated end-to-end ease of use in the design of enterprise devices.

Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging software, hardware, and services, today announced the winners of its BLI PaceSetter awards in Ease of Use: Enterprise Devices. Based on Buyers Lab testing as well as research conducted on the enterprise market, these awards recognize the OEMs that have incorporated end-to-end ease of use in the design of enterprise devices.

The winners for 2020–2021 are:

BLI PaceSetter 2020–2021 in Ease of Use: Enterprise Devices

BLI PaceSetter 2020–2021 in Ease of Use: Enterprise Devices

“Because enterprise organizations must accommodate many different users, easy-to-use MFPs are invaluable,” said George Mikolay, Associate Director of A3 Hardware/Production Analysis at Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab. “It takes a well-rounded MFP, designed with ease of use and the customer in mind to really deliver for the enterprise. This year’s winners conducted extensive research amongst their customers, dealers, and third parties to ensure they meet the needs of enterprise environments. These OEMs set the benchmark for enterprises in the traditional sense—typical print, scan, copy, and job management functions—and also in the personalization capabilities as well as apps and onboard tools that enable workers to be productive and efficient every day.”

To determine which OEMs lead the market, analysts at Keypoint Intelligence conducted a study on tested ease of use functionality, focusing on features that directly relate to enterprise work habits and environments. An in-depth evaluation was also conducted on levels of differentiation spread across several categories, including importance of ease of use in product design, post-COVID solutions, and apps and onboard tools.

Canon’s dedication to ease of use is very clear. The company continues to set the benchmark when it comes to the print, scan, and copy functions. Users can customize an entire driver tab with the features of their choice via Canon’s free Driver Configuration Tool, and one-click job presets to streamline workflow can be saved on every tab of the intuitive driver. USB print and scan capabilities are robust, while support for Microsoft Office formats add more flexibility. The control panel, which has a high degree of customization options, includes a timeline history that lets users access recent jobs. Mobile print and scan functionality is seamless, and simple job management helps enterprises work more efficiently.

Ease of use is a critical factor in product design and development for Konica Minolta. Extensive research on commonly used functions and capabilities has led to the development of a control panel that is a large, and fully tilt-able, with slide-and-swipe navigation and quicker access to desired settings, making for a simple and effective user experience. While Konica Minolta’s offering is very strong when it comes to typical print, scan, and copy functions, what really separates these next-generation products from the competition are the apps, onboard tools, and innovations that are an essential piece of their new products. Via Konica Minolta’s MarketPlace, apps (Scan to gmail, Sharepoint, or OneDrive) and cloud offerings (Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Mail, Microsoft OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft SharePoint) can be easily downloaded at the control panel. The free How2 App has been updated to reflect i-Series functionality, now providing customers with online access to instructions so they never have to leave the MFP for assistance. And to top it off, Konica Minolta’s Personalize Follow-You Persona allows users to customize the MFP panel with the apps, tools, and tiles they use most often to get their work done and to access them from any MFP, anywhere.

Keypoint Intelligence is a one-stop shop for the digital imaging industry. With our unparalleled tools and unmatched depth of knowledge, we cut through the noise of data to offer clients the unbiased insights and responsive tools they need in those mission-critical moments that define their products and empower their sales.

For over 50 years, Buyers Lab has been the global document imaging industry’s resource for unbiased and reliable information, test data, and competitive selling tools. What started out as a consumer-based publication about office equipment has become an all-encompassing industry resource. In a landscape that’s ever evolving, we change with it.

Based on exhaustive questionnaires, in-depth interviews, and a proprietary rating scale, Buyers Lab PaceSetter awards recognize document imaging OEMs that have shown market leadership in a variety of categories, including with technologies, services, and key vertical markets.

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