DataMaster Lab Awards 2018 Award 5: Best MFP Productivity in Duplex

DataMaster Lab is the European centre of print expertise.  DataMaster Lab has been testing printing equipment since 2009.  The teams have tested multifunction printers, digital presses and A4 machines too.  They have carried out over 10,000 individual tests on 350 machines.

Edward Bilson, Technical Director of DataMaster Lab said, “The 2018 Awards are the first fruit of a year-long review of our Evaluation processes.  They are all based purely on our test results.  All test results are published to our subscribers, so all the world can see that they are both independent and credible.  As such they might differ from other industry awards.  You can rely on ours.”

The Awards are for A3/Ledger MFPs in various segments.

Today’s Awards are for Productivity printing on both sides of the sheet.

Even among the office multifunctions launched in 2017, duplex speeds – as a proportion of the manufacturer’s specified speed for single-sided printing – vary from 19% to 107%!  Office staff should not be punished for saving paper – but most manufacturers do NOT publish their duplex speeds.  Many sales people do not know how well or poorly their products perform.  Their customers do not know how much time=money is at stake.

The results for Best Productivity in Duplex Mode are as follows:

40-49 ppm Color A3 MFPs:

Konica Minolta bizhub C458
Muratec MFX-C4590
Sharp MX-4060N
Ricoh MP C4504ex series
Lanier MP C4504ex
Savin MP C4504ex

30-39 ppm Color A3 MFPs:

Canon iR Advance C5535i
Sharp MX-3560N
Konica Minolta bizhub C368
Muratec MFX-C3690

20-29 ppm Color A3 MFPs:

Ricoh MP C2504ex series
Lanier MP C2504ex
Savin MP C2504ex
Canon iR Advance C3525i
Konica Minolta bizhub C258
Muratec MFX-C2590

All DataMaster Lab test results are available on the sales-support site DataMaster Online (DMO), which is available by subscription on

We test productivity in real-world scenarios – we go a lot further that the ISO tests do.  We test print quality, and our test engineers – who test all the brands machines – assess how easy the machines are to use.  We have standardized tests for the interface, driver, web page, consumables and admin screens,” Edward added.

DataMaster Lab has never derived any revenue from tests, certificates or evaluations.  All testing feeds information to DMO, which is used by sales teams, marketing specialists and buyers all over the world.  DMO also carries all the technical specifications for over 4,500 MFPs and presses in all segments, sales arguments for them all (both pro and con), and the same for the software solutions sold in the office print world.

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