DataMaster Lab Awards 2018 Award 4: Best Scan / Archive FileSize

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 scan output file sizes.

The efficiency of scanning documents for archiving or for transmission depends on the size of the file created.  In identical, standardized tests, some multifunctions create files which are over THIRTY TIMES bigger than competing machines do under exactly the same circumstances (originals, resolution, compression).

We test at different resolutions, color and monochrome originals, with and without compression.  This award is based on an analysis of all these test results.

This makes a big difference to end-customers.  Multifunction manufacturers do not publish this information.  Subscribers to DataMaster Lab /’s online services use scan filesize results to cost archival strategies – and this sways buying decisions.

The results for Best Scan / Archive FileSize are as follows:

40-49 ppm Color A3 MFPs:

  Xerox AltaLink C8045
  Canon iR Advance C5540i
  Sharp MX-4060N

30-39 ppm Color A3 MFPs:

  Xerox AltaLink C8035
  Canon iR Advance C5535i
  Canon iR Advance C3530i

20-29 ppm Color A3 MFPs:

  Canon iR Advance C3525i
  Ricoh MP C2504ex series
  Lanier MP C2504ex
  Savin MP C2504ex
  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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