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Independent Buyers Laboratory Tests Show Xerox Office Multifunction Systems Surpass HP, Others in Print Speed, Efficiency; Phaser printers receive 'Certificates of Reliability'.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2004

An independent battery of Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI) print productivity tests show that Xerox Corporation's (NYSE: XRX) WorkCentre(R) Pro office multifunction systems are two to four times faster and more efficient than competitive models from Hewlett-Packard, Canon, Ricoh, Konica and others.

"Throughout the print productivity testing* we conducted, the data clearly showed that the Xerox WorkCentre Pro systems evaluated provide significant print efficiency advantages over the competition when processing the BLI print productivity job suite," noted Rich Holloway, BLI's director of technical operations.

BLI, a leading independent testing organization that evaluates office products, determines productivity by measuring speed and efficiency -- key factors that help establish the value of a multifunction system. BLI compared Xerox WorkCentre Pro systems operating at speeds of 65, 55 and 40 pages per minute against the closest comparable competitive models.

To measure print speed, 15 common office printing jobs - such as e-mail with attachments, PDFs, Word text documents and presentations, all with banner pages - were randomly sent to the devices. Start-to-finish printing time was clocked to the second. To evaluate efficiency, BLI compared the actual results of the speed test to the manufacturers' published device speed.

Xerox's WorkCentre Pro line, designed for high- and mid-volume printing and copying, is engineered to perform all steps of the imaging process at once - receiving, processing and printing/copying while faxing and scanning. A person who walks up to make a quick copy does not have to wait for a printing, faxing or scanning job to conclude before running a job.

Specific BLI print speed and efficiency results for the WorkCentre Pro systems follow:

-- Printing at 65 ppm in black-and-white, the WorkCentre Pro 65

tested more than two times faster than the HP LaserJet 9065

and Canon imageRUNNER 6020, nearly three times faster than the

Ricoh Aficio 700 and 1075, and more than four times faster

than the Konica 7075. The Xerox WorkCentre Pro 65 proved to be

the most efficient at 71 percent, nearly two to five times

better than competitive machines, which ranged from 13 to 37

percent efficient.

-- The WorkCentre Pro 55, which prints at 55 ppm in

black-and-white, tested at 70 percent efficiency - up to twice

as efficient as competitive models. It is more than 1.5 times

faster than the HP 9000, and nearly two times faster than the

HP LaserJet 9065 and Canon imageRUNNER 5000N/5000i.

-- The WorkCentre Pro 40 Color tested 1.6 times faster than the

Canon Color imageRUNNER C3200. Printing at 40 ppm in

black-and-white and 22 ppm in color, the Xerox WorkCentre Pro

40 was 49 percent efficient versus Canon's 21 percent

efficiency.

These independent tests verify what our customers around the world already know: Xerox office multifunction systems and services are the best in the industry. They're reliable, technologically superior offerings that outperform the competition," said Emerson U. Fullwood, president, Xerox Channels Group. "These findings will be useful to businesses considering multifunction systems and will take the guesswork out of evaluating what's best for their offices."

BLI also recently granted "Certificates of Reliability" to three Xerox office printers: the Xerox Phaser(R) 7300 color printer, Phaser(R) 6250 color laser printer and Phaser(TM) 3450 monochrome laser printer. Certificates are given to products that successfully complete the lab's extensive, in-house durability tests. In the color laser market, the Phaser 7300 was praised for its "excellent color output" and ability to produce a wide color gamut including realistic flesh tones, while the Phaser 6250 was commended for its fast first-page-out time and ease of use.

In the monochrome laser printing category, the Phaser 3450 is described as a "good overall performer" that required no service during its 100,000 impression test period.

Sales, service and leasing for the Xerox WorkCentre Pro 65, WorkCentre Pro 55 and WorkCentre Pro 40 Color advanced multifunction systems are available through Xerox direct sales force, authorized sales agents, dealers, concessionaires and TeleWeb sales channels. The Phaser 7300, Phaser 6250 and Phaser 3450 printers are available through Xerox resellers and direct from Xerox.

Xerox meets the needs of offices from small to large with the industry's most complete office portfolio, including digital multifunction systems, digital copiers, network printers, workgroup fax machines and a broad suite of value-added services. Xerox helps office customers reduce costs, improve productivity and make work simpler through smart document management.

Customer Contact:

For more information, about WorkCentre Pro and Phaser products, visit www.xerox.com.

For more information on Buyers Laboratory Inc., visit www.buyerslab.com.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about Xerox visit www.xerox.com/news. XEROX(R), The Document Company(R), Phaser(R), WorkCentre(R) Pro and the digital X(R) are trademarks of XEROX CORPORATION

* Print productivity testing, commissioned by Xerox, was conducted by BLI, with each product operating in default mode and resolution set at 600 dpi. For monochrome MFPs, multiple jobs from a BLI test suite were sent in series to each device, with output consisting of both single and multiple stapled sets with a banner page for each job in the test suite. For color MFPs, multiple jobs from a BLI test suite were sent in series to each device with output consisting of a mix of color and monochrome documents, single and multiple stapled sets with a banner page for each job in the test suite. The order in which jobs were sent was randomly selected.
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