IRVINE , California   ( Mar 24, 2006 ) :

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) today announced that its e-STUDIO™520, 600, 720 and 850 and e-STUDIO281c, 351, and 451c multifunction products (MFPs) each have received the coveted 4-Star designation from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), a leading independent office equipment testing laboratory.

“We are incredibly proud of these positive reviews from BLI, one of the industry’s most recognized independent test labs,” said Kay Fernandez, director, Product and Solutions Marketing for TABS. “The 4-Star rating is added confirmation that Toshiba is leading the pack in terms of developing innovative products that add value to our customers’ document production environment.”

High Praise for the e-STUDIO520/600/720/850 Series

BLI awarded the e-STUDIO520, 600, 720 and 850 with the 4-Star designation “because of good overall productivity, as well as good overall ease of use and image quality.” Other features praised by BLI analysts included:

  • The built-in e-BRIDGE controller, which makes upgrading to a connected device simple with minimal downtime;
  • The large, easy-to-read and navigate control panel;
  • The well designed print driver with text preview panel that displays detailed job settings;
  • A PM schedule and toner yield that are among the highest in the industry for similarly equipped available models, leading to less service and user intervention; and
  • One of the highest finishing output capacities in the industry, including a stapling capacity of 100 sheets.

e-STUDIO281c/351c/451c Series Earns Accolades from BLI

The e-STUDIO281c, 351c and 451c also were praised by BLI analysts, receiving the 4-Star award as a result of “good overall ease of use, black copy productivity, black print productivity and color print productivity.” The series’ many advantages touted by BLI included:

  • Good overall ease of use from the control panel, including large, easy to read buttons;
  • Built-in e-BRIDGE technology, which uses a single system board for processing and storage of all imaging functions;
  • Highest RADF capacity for the group, and among the highest black toner yields; and
  • Compact design with enhanced front access to the transfer belt and drum unit for streamlined routine maintenance.

About the e-STUDIO520/600/720/850 Series

TABS began shipping the highly acclaimed e-STUDIO520/600/720/850 series on June 1, 2005, marking the launch of one of the industry’s most secure MFP series. The models offer 1,000 Department Codes to prevent unauthorized access and accurately track system usage. Ten thousand User Codes take access control a step further by enabling role-based usage, allowing administrators to put limits on a particular function’s use or even lock out functions at an individual user level.

The Disk Overwrite option available for the e-STUDIO520/600/720/850 series helps ensure document confidentiality by writing over any temporary data stored on the system’s hard disk drive (HDD) multiple times immediately after the system is done using it to process a document. In fact, the Disk Overwrite kit exceeds the Department of Defense standards for data protection. The Scrambler Board option further encrypts all data written to the HDD utilizing 128-bit encryption, rendering any data on it virtually useless if separated from the system.

The e-STUDIO520/600/720/850 series also boasts exceptional 2,400 x 600 dpi image quality, print speeds of 52, 60, 72 and 85 pages-per-minute (PPM) respectively, and high performance paper handling features, making it ideal for Departmental Office settings, Central Reprographics Departments (CRDs) and Print On Demand (POD) environments.

About the e-STUDIO281c/351c/451c Series

Launched in August of 2005, the e-STUDIO281c/351c/451c series offers the same running cost, performance and functionality as black and white MFPs, with the added feature of color at an affordable price. Crisp, clear black-and-white images are outputted at rates of 28, 35 and 45 PPM respectively, at an impressive 2400 x 600 dpi resolution. All three models produce color documents at a rate of 11 PPM, with a resolution of up to 1200 x 600 dpi.

The series features a quick first copy out time (FCOT) of 6.8 seconds for black and white and 16.2 seconds for color, and also features a brief 40-second warm up time, one of the fastest warm up times among color MFP products in its class.

The e-STUDIO281c/351c/451c series utilizes Toshiba’s next generation e-BRIDGE architecture, a single-board technology platform for processing and integrating the separate architectures that enable copying, printing, scanning, faxing and other networking capabilities into one. All this is done by way of a powerful 600 MHz processor. For complete ease of use, features can be conveniently managed at the MFP with a large, tilting LCD control panel, or can be managed via the PC using the TopAccess remote device management utility.

About Buyers Laboratory

For over 40 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office equipment test 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 the company’s 10,000-square-foot lab, BLI has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company’s databases, which cover more than 6,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the most reliable and complete, are available to subscribers in the form of printed specification guides, as well as CD-based and online product comparison software programs.

With its Buyers Alliance program, Buyers Lab also provides comprehensive purchasing support services to business consumers in the process of acquiring office equipment, which includes creating customized RFPs and conducting on-site document imaging device usage assessments. In addition, Buyers Laboratory provides a vast array of confidential for-hire custom testing services, including document imaging device beta testing, print controller testing, and the testing of consumables, such as paper, toner, ink, transparencies and photoconductors.

For more information on Buyers Laboratory, please visit, call (201) 488-0404 or e-mail

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, Latin America and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has four divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division, Toner Products Division and Document Solutions Engineering Division; and Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), which operates a national network of wholly owned subsidiaries.

Named the most favored manufacturer in seven of the past eight years 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” by the Marketing Research Consultants (MRC) in 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 1998 and 1997, was named to the CIO 100 for being one of the top 100 “agile” companies in the world in 2004, and received the CIO Web Business award for its leading edge intranet site in 2000, 1999 and 1998.

TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 62nd largest company in terms of sales. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the 8th Most Admired Electronics Company in America and 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.