SOURCE: Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.

July 26, 2005 13:44 ET

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. MFP Receives "Pick of the Year" Award From Buyers Laboratory Inc.

e-STUDIO™230 MFP Awarded Top Honors for Outstanding Reliability, Impressive Capabilities

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 26, 2005 -- Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) today announced that its e-STUDIO™230 MFP has received a Spring 2005 "Pick of the Year" award from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), a leading independent office equipment testing laboratory. The e-STUDIO230 received the award in the Segment 2 Multifunctional Imaging System category.

"The Toshiba e-STUDIO230 was chosen not only for its outstanding reliability in BLI's rigorous two-month lab evaluation, but also for the very impressive capabilities it brings to Segment 2, thanks to its robust e-Bridge controller," said Pete Emory, manager of Lab Testing for BLI.

"We are proud that the e-STUDIO230 was named 'Pick of the Year' by BLI," said Mark Mathews, vice president, Marketing at TABS. "Awards such as this from respected testing labs like BLI give our customers the extra vote of confidence that lets them know they are making a sound purchasing decision when they choose a Toshiba product."

Other comments about the e-STUDIO 230 made by BLI include:

--  "BLI test technicians were also impressed by the highly automated
    procedures for network setup afforded by the controller, which made
    installation onto workstations a quick and simple process.  Both PCL6 and
    PostScript 3 drivers are included with the controller and were very easy to
    use."
--  "The unit's large, well-designed control panel, which can be tilted to
    various angles up to 45 degrees, contributing to Section 508 compliance, is
    well-labeled, easy to read and enables intuitive programming."
    
The full-featured and affordable e-STUDIO230 offers copy, print, scan and fax functionality for small and mid-sized workgroups. The maximum monthly duty cycle for the system is 74,000 pages, with print and copy speeds of 23 CPM/PPM (copies-per-minute, prints-per-minute). The system boasts seamless document workflow through e-Bridge architecture, as well as ease of use features such as its touch screen control panel.

The e-STUDIO230 comes standard with two 550-sheet paper cassettes, trayless duplexing and a 100-sheet stack feed bypass to accommodate special and heavier stock papers and envelopes. Additional finishing options include single position stapling and multiple position stapling with the optional saddle-stitch finisher (which includes a hole punch option).

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 www.buyerslab.com, call (201) 488-0404 or e-mail info@buyerslab.com.

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.

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