Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S55 Document Scanner Wins BLI's Winter 2013 "Pick of the Year" Award Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S55 Wins in A4 Workgroup Scanner Category

LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America, a leading provider of exceptional performing business solutions, today announced that Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) awarded the Epson WorkForce® Pro GT-S55 document scanner with the BLI Winter 2013 "Pick of the Year" award in the A4 workgroup scanner category. The world's leading authority on document imaging devices, BLI's "Pick" awards acknowledge the devices that are the best of the best and clearly stand above their respective peers.

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BLI's "Pick" awards are issued twice a year and are based on a rigorous battery of lab tests that take approximately two months to complete. The evaluation includes an extensive durability test, during a portion of which each unit is run at the manufacturer's maximum duty cycle. BLI's durability test is unique among office product evaluations and uniquely qualifies BLI to assess reliability, a critical factor for buyers and IT directors.

"Epson document scanners like the WorkForce Pro GT-S55 are designed to deliver business owners with high image quality, speed and reliability in order to increase business productivity," said Mark Pickard, senior product manager, Document Scanners, Epson America, Inc. "With BLI's expertise in document imaging solutions, Epson is honored to be recognized for the quality value the WorkForce Pro GT-S55 provides to customers."

About the WorkForce Pro GT-S55 Award Winning Scanner
The WorkForce Pro GT-S55 is a versatile workgroup or departmental sheet-fed scanner with the ability to scan everything from business cards to rigid ID cards to documents up to 8.5" x 36". Offering fast scan speeds of 25 ppm and 50 ipm1, the GT-S55 features a dual-color CCD for fast two-sided duplex scanning, automatic paper size detection, and mercury-free ReadyScan® LED technology for fast scans with no warm-up time. It also offers a robust duty cycle of up to 2,000 pages per day for increased productivity and reliable performance.

The WorkForce Pro GT-S55 can easily scan both sides of a sheet in one pass – color, grayscale or bi-tonal – making it easier than ever to electronically capture important documents, comply with government mandates, and improve business processes and customer service. It provides a host of innovative functions including automatic de-skewing and automatic background color removal, as well as Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity to any PC and are compatible with Windows® and Macintosh®.

The Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S55 is available for $499.99 MSRP through commercial distributors, and features a one-year limited warranty, along with optional extended warranties and overnight exchange programs. For more information about Epson scanners, visit www.epson.com.

About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products' strengths and weaknesses  and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support.  Using BLI's web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI's unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI's test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers' literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

For more information on Buyers Laboratory LLC, please call (201) 488-0404, visit www.buyerslab.com, or e-mail info@buyerslab.com.

About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 81,000 employees in 97 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson's regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com.

You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica and http://twitter.com/EpsonSmallBiz) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV).

Note: EPSON and WorkForce are registered trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

[1] Pages per minute (ppm)/images per minute (ipm). An image is defined as one side of one page.

SOURCE Epson America



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