IRVINE , California   ( Jul 16, 2006 ) :

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) today announced that three of its e-STUDIOä multifunction products (MFPs) have received the prestigious "Pick of the Year" award from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), a leading independent office equipment testing laboratory. Toshiba products recognized include the e-STUDIO282, which was awarded a BLI “Pick” as an “Outstanding Multifunctional Imaging System” in the Segment 2 category; the e-STUDIO352, which was honored with a “Pick” award in the Segment 3 category; and the e-STUDIO850, a “Pick” in the Segment 5 category.

Announced twice each year, BLI’s “Pick of the Year” awards acknowledge the very best overall performers in the company's rigorous lab testing in their respective segments. BLI's experienced analysts base their selections on a wide range of performance factors, including reliability, image quality, ease of use, productivity and a host of network connectivity attributes.

“Toshiba is extremely proud that the e-STUDIO282, e-STUDIO352 and e-STUDIO850 were selected as 'Pick of the Year' MFPs by Buyers Lab in their respective segment categories. This is a huge honor in which our entire organization can take great pride,” said Mark Mathews, vice president and general manager, TABS. “It's always rewarding to have our efforts acknowledged by our customers and our industry, so we are especially pleased to earn these awards from an organization as reputable as Buyers Lab.”

e-STUDIO282: Unique Features for Ease of Use

The 28 page-per-minute (ppm) Toshiba e-STUDIO282, a BLI “Pick” in the Segment 2 category, stood out from its competitors as a result of its strong feature set. “Its large touch-screen display allows for very good ease of use, its print drivers are excellent and it's one of only a few models in this range to be offered with an optional booklet finisher,” said BLI Associate Editor George Mikolay.

e-STUDIO352: Most Reliable in Category

The e-STUDIO352 received a “Pick” award in the Segment 3 category. At 35 ppm, the e-STUDIO352 gave a similarly strong performance in the tests. “This model holds the record as the most reliable Segment 3 model tested to date,” noted BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman.

e-STUDIO850: Performance and Price Leader

Excellent value and superior productivity were just a few of the strengths that earned the 85 ppm e-STUDIO850 its place as a “Pick” winner in the Segment 5 category. “Not only did the e-STUDIO850 earn positive ratings in every category evaluated, but its fully configured price is among the lowest of models in this speed range,” said Mikolay.

About Buyers Laboratory

For 45 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry's most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI’s 10,000-square-foot lab, the company has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines, and multifunctional products. The company's databases cover more than 6,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry's most trustworthy and complete. They are available to BLI subscribers in the form of printed specification guides and online via the company's bliQ competitive information service. This encyclopedic resource also provides quick and easy access to BLI's First Look Reports, Field Test Reports, Lab Test Reports, Solutions Reports, Digital Imaging Review and Business Consumer's Advisor newsletters, and OEM library.

In addition to the testing of office equipment for its subscribers, Buyers Laboratory provides a vast array of confidential for-hire private testing services that includes document imaging device beta and pre-launch testing, performance certification testing, consumables testing (such as paper, toner, ink, photoconductors and print controllers) and print media testing (including virgin and recycled papers). Buyers Laboratory's consulting division, the Buyers Alliance, provides comprehensive purchasing support services to business consumers in the process of acquiring office equipment, which includes the creation of customized RFPs, user needs assessments and analyses of vendor responses.

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About Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers, and toner products throughout the United States, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has four divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; and TOPAC U.S.A., Inc., dba Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), a wholly-owned subsidiary corporation of TABS, that operates a network of wholly owned office equipment dealers throughout the United States.

Named the most favored manufacturer seven times by the Business Technology Association (BTA), Toshiba’s entire product line, customer support and marketing distribution policies are markers for the industry. Among the many other awards garnered in recent years, Toshiba was named the “Copier Manufacturer of the Year” six times by the Marketing Research Consultants (MRC), and has twice been named to the CIO 100 for being among the top 100 “bold” (2005) and “agile” (2004) companies in the world.

TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the sixth largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 72nd largest company in terms of sales. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the 9th Most Admired Electronics Company in the World, Toshiba Corporation is a world leader in high technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Fiscal year revenue in 2004 was approximately $55 billion.

For more information on Toshiba copier, facsimile, multifunction printing products, network controllers or toner products, or for a dealer in your area, call 1-800-GO-TOSHIBA or visit the TABS Web site at