updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon August 20, 2007
Nine Canon PIXMA Printers
In addition to its pro and consumer camera updates, Canon today updated nearly all of its PIXMA printer series. Beginning the upgrades is the company's office all-in-one lineup, headlined by the MX700; the 4800x1200 DPI printer and scanner includes an Ethernet jack for a home or office network and a quick-start feature that has the printer completely ready in a matter of seconds; when copying, the built-in LCD lets users crop the image or selectively white out sections before committing the copy to paper. The MX700 includes a 30-page document feeder and will sell for $200; two lower-cost models, the MX300 and MX310, which each drop the Ethernet and on-screen editing to reach prices of $100 and $130 respectively. The MX310 includes the 30-page document feeder.
The company's photo printers have seen a larger upgrade and begin with the mini320 (shown below), its highest-resolution compact printer yet. The mini320 can output 5-inch by 7-inch photos versus the 4-inch by 6-inch photos of most compact printers, generating a borderless image in about 52 seconds. Travelers can print independently of a wall outlet thanks to an optional battery pack, and have the option of making minor edits directly from the printer through a 2.5-inch LCD with wider viewing angles. Canon ships the mini320 for $180.
Two full-size dedicated photo printers join the line: the i3500 prints at 4800x1200 DPI with a speed of either 25 pages per minute in black and white or 17 in color at a base price of $100. Stepping up to the i4500 dramatically improves resolution to 9600x2400 DPI and speeds printing to 31 PPM in black and white and 24 in color. It also adds duplexing at the higher price of $130.
Three all-in-one photo printers complete the refresh, Canon says. The MP520 adds copying and scanning to the basic formula of the i3500 for $150; in turn, the MP610 ($200) quadruples sharpness to 9600x2400 DPI while also bringing in a 2.5-inch preview LCD and a card reader for loading photos without draining a camera's battery. The MP970 is Canon's new flagship with a larger 3.5-inch LCD and the first white LED lighting system of any of the firm's all-in-ones, cutting down on the warm-up time for the scanner component. It will sell for $300.