Canon has a selection of new laser printers ready to go on sale in the New Year, which will include its flagship A4 mono and colour devices. The new models come hot on the heels of the entry-level i-SENSYS LBP6020 mono printers and just a couple of months after the new PIXMA range.
Let's start at the top and look at the printer that Canon describes as its "premier A4 laser printer", the i-SENSYS LBP7780Cx. At just £349 ex VAT, the LBP7780Cx seems a relatively modest flagship printer. However, its 32 page per minute print speed, 768MB memory, 500-sheet paper tray and Gigabit Ethernet connection compare favourably with considerably more expensive devices.
Slotting into the middle of Canon's colour laser range is the i-SENSYS LBP7210Cdn, with a print speed of 20ppm. Overall specifications are on a par with the competition but the LBP7210Cdn has an enhanced print resolution of 9600 x 600dpi, which means that it produces higher quality images than its rivals. The LBP7210Cdn also features a Remote User Interface which allows you to monitor and control printer functions via a web browser and makes it easy to manage your print network.
Bringing up the rear, so to speak, is the i-SENSYS LBP7100 Series, which includes the 14ppm LBP7100Cn and LBP7110Cw. The not-quite-entry-level devices are fairly basic as you'd expect in printers designed for the home or small office user on a budget. Network connectivity is standard on both printers, with the LBP7110Cw also giving you the option to print wirelessly.
Canon has also announced two new mono printers for January with a third, the LBP6020, already on sale. The 18ppm LBP6020 has the distinction of being the cheapest laser printer on the Printware website so, if cheap, cheerful and straightforward is what you're after, this is the printer for you.
The i-SENSYS LBP6310dn offers a lot more, with duplex printing and networking connectivity as standard, plus a respectable print speed of 33 pages per minute. Moving up to the Canon's top-of-the-range mono device, the LBP6780x ups the ante considerably. With a 40ppm print speed, 768MB memory and 1,600-sheet maximum paper capacity, the LBP6780x is designed with busy offices and workgroups in mind. Gigabit networking and genuine Adobe PostScript 3 ensure smooth integration with your I.T. network while the Canon Mobile Printing app allows you to print from an iPad or iPhone.
With an outstanding reputation for producing quality inkjets and copiers, it's sometimes easy to overlook Canon's laser printers but don't forget to check them out. The i-SENSYS LBP7780Cx, for example, gives you a lot of printer for your money and the LBP6020 is a laser printer for under £60! Give us a call and find out if one of these machines is the right one for you.
by Anthony Morgan