Line of the Year

Canon U.S.A., Inc., Wins BLI A4 Line of the Year Award from Keypoint Intelligence for the Second Time in Three Years



Fairfield, NJ – Keypoint Intelligence, the leading market research firm and independent evaluator of print and smart workplace technology and services, announces that Canon U.S.A., Inc., has won the coveted Buyers Lab (BLI) 2023 A4 Line of the Year Award. Given once a year, this accolade recognizes the vendor that offers a hardware lineup that is deemed best overall based on rigorous Keypoint Intelligence lab evaluations. Canon previously won this award in 2021.


To determine the A4 Line of the Year Award recipient, Keypoint Intelligence considers current MFPs and printers in the OEM’s portfolio that have been submitted for lab testing, along with previously tested devices that are still available. To judge the overall quality of the line, analysts look at the overall rating a device received after testing, as well as the ratings in many critical areas such as reliability, value, usability, image quality, and speed.


“Canon’s ever-evolving portfolio of award-winning imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX, imageCLASS X, and MAXIFY GX A4 models is unmatched when it comes to meeting and exceeding the needs of virtually all home, hybrid, and office environments,” said Rachel Dean, Technical Editor in Keypoint Intelligence’s Office Group. “All tested devices have delivered consistently superior performance, from first-rate user-friendliness for users and IT administrators to strong image quality and superb speed test results. What’s more, some devices attained excellent scan speeds—critical for the digitization demands of today’s hybrid workforce.


“Flexible cloud and mobile workflows as well as the protection of an elite security offering add even more value to an already stellar value proposition,” Dean continued. “It is plainly obvious that Canon has expertly designed a range of A4 devices that can suit any requirement—color or monochrome, single-function or multifunction, or otherwise. This impressive A4 lineup enables secure and productive collaboration demanded by today’s rapidly changing ways of working. The strength and span of Canon’s portfolio make it the deserving winner of the BLI 2023 A4 Line of the Year Award.”


“Canon is honored to receive the BLI A4 Line of the Year Award from Keypoint Intelligence. This prestigious accolade highlights our strength in the multifunctional printer industry, and greatly reflects Canon’s unwavering commitment to supporting our channel partners,” said Shinichi Yoshida, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “At Canon, we recognize the working environment is evolving rapidly, and we strive to not just keep up but to exceed the needs of our stakeholders. It continues to be a high priority to integrate quality, usability, and performance into our full suite of offerings.”


About Keypoint Intelligence

For over 60 years, clients in the digital imaging industry have relied on Keypoint Intelligence for independent hands-on testing, lab data, and extensive market research to drive their product and sales success. Keypoint Intelligence has been recognized as the industry’s most trusted resource for unbiased information, analysis, and awards due to decades of analyst experience. Customers have harnessed this mission-critical knowledge for strategic decision-making, daily sales enablement, and operational excellence to improve business goals and increase bottom lines. With a central focus on clients, Keypoint Intelligence continues to evolve as the industry changes by expanding offerings and updating methods, while intimately understanding and serving manufacturers’, channels’, and their customers’ transformation in the digital printing and imaging sector.


About BLI Line of the Year Awards

Line of the Year Awards salute the companies that provide a broad range of hardware or software and whose products consistently performed above average throughout testing. Much consideration is also made by Keypoint Intelligence analysts and technicians in areas such as ease of use, features, and value, across an entire portfolio for that product area, with the end result being the most prestigious Buyers Lab Awards offered.


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