Canon has just launched four new inkjet printers; the multifunction Pixma MX870, Pixma MX350 and Pixma MX340 and the single function Pixma iP2702. The new printers are going on sale in February in the USA and are aimed at the home, home office and small business market.
The top of the range MX870 is an all-in-one device with print, fax, copy, scan and wireless connectivity as standard. Print resolution is up to 9600 x 2400dpi and Canon's new software, Auto Photo Fix II, makes it even easier for amateur photographers to print quality photos. The built-in software automatically categorizes the images, then optimizes each one for brightness and colour balance to ensure accurate skin tones and optimal exposure. Also included are Easy Photo Print and Easy Web Print which, like Auto Photo Fix II, are standard across the range. Dual Color Gamut Technology optimizes original hard copies so that copies stay true and Auto Scan Mode automatically recognizes an original scanned document and saves the appropriate settings. Again, these are both included on all three models.
The MX870 can print a borderless 6in x 4in photo in as little as 39 seconds, compared to 43 seconds for the MX340 and MX350, both of which have a maximum print resolution of 4800 x 1200dpi. Automatic duplex printing and a duplex automatic document feeder feature on the MX870 and MX350 but, at roughly half the cost of the range-topping model, if you want the MX340 to print on both sides, you’ll need to turn the paper over yourself.
The Pixma iP2702 is a cheap and cheerful entry level inkjet printer which nevertheless features the Easy Photo Print, Easy Web Print and Auto Photo Fix II software and also looks pretty stylish. As you'd probably expect, all four printers will support Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard.
There is no word yet on a UK release date or pricing but we’ll keep you up to date as we get any more information.
Update: more detailed product information, including pricing, is now available - please click on the links at the beginning of this article for more details.
by Anthony Morgan