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DataMaster Lab Award for MFPs: small, high quality scan output goes to Xerox AltaLink series

12 May 2022


Digital document storage costs money. Storing documents on the cloud is secure and promotes teamworking - and has become vital for distributed teams and homeworkers.Much of the cost depends on the size of the files that get uploaded to cloud-based document management systems.

Most manufacturers of imaging equipment provide the means to compress files, which can reduce their size - and the cost to store them - by a factor of ten or more. However, the quality of the images can often be lost in the quest to make files as small as possible. This can be a false economy, and a risky one. An organization might save on their cloud bills, but if the content is no longer usable, the object of the exercise is completely defeated.
Since you cannot uncompress a file, the loss is permanent - and potentially, catastrophic.

Here at DataMaster Lab we look at the quality of scan output. We look at images, and also texts - in all resolutions and in a variety of standardized, real-world scenarios. We look at compressed pdf output. As well as measuring the time it takes, we review whether the files are so damaged in the compression process that they are no longer useful.

This award goes to the Xerox Altalink series which deliver both high-quality scan output and small file sizes in a range of different standard business scenarios.

Edward Bilson, DataMaster Lab Technical Director said, "Even after high PDF compression, colours are well managed on the Xerox AltaLink series, photographs are well contrasted and good threshold management during scanning helps to keep details intact. The Xerox Altalink series give the best results for image quality against filesize that we have seen from a multifunction device."

The Award is available to subscribers to the sales-enablement service DataMaster Online on the product pages of the machines concerned, and from our public website. High-resolution versions of the Awards and Rosettes are available upon request.


DataMaster Lab is completely independent from the equipment manufacturers whose products we test. We derive no revenue from testing, nor from our evaluations, certifications - and not from our Digital Imaging Awards either.

We have been testing printing equipment since 2009, and our services are dedicated to helping sales and marketing teams who distribute copiers, printers, and, since 2020, scanners. We know what buyers need. We know how to differentiate products in the office market place.

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Xerox AltaLink B8145
Xerox AltaLink B8155
Xerox AltaLink B8170
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Xerox AltaLink C8135CertificateRosette
Xerox AltaLink C8145CertificateRosette
Xerox AltaLink C8155CertificateRosette
Xerox AltaLink C8170CertificateRosette

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