In addition to its new Pixma printers, Canon has four new mono printers on the way for March. There are two new multifunction devices, the 3-in1 i-SENSYS MF5840dn and the 4-in-1 i-SENSYS MF5880dn, and two new single function printers, the i-SENSYS LBP6650dn and i-SENSYS LBP6300dn.
First the single function machines; the LBP6300dn and LBP6650dn will (supposedly) churn out 30 and 33 pages per minute respectively. The LBP6650dn comes with 64MB memory, compared with the 6300's 16MB and features, PCL and PosctScript 3 printer languages, while the 6300 uses Canon's own proprietary printer language. Finally, the LBP6650's monthly duty cycle is double that of the LBP6300. The LBP6650 is a more substantial beast than its stable mate but, for an extra £86, you'd hope so. Canon might want to its homework a bit more thoroughly when it comes to pricing, though; the LBP6300 is £20 more expensive than the Samsung ML-3471ND which is faster, has a bigger memory and is almost certainly cheaper to run.
The i-SENSYS MF5840dn and i-SENSYS MF5880dn are both 30 page per minute multifunction devices with duplex and networking as standard. Unlike the MF5840dn, the MF5880dn comes with a built-in fax, otherwise specifications for the two machines are identical. Both printers use PCL5e and PCL6 printer languages, have 128MB memory and feature a duplex automatic document feeder for double sided scanning, copying and, in the case of the MF5880dn, faxing.
All four new Canons will support Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6 – pretty soon we won't need to bother mentioning that but, for now, it's something worth knowing when you’re buying a new printer.
To be honest, there's not a huge amount more we can say about these printers; they're not the worst you can buy and they're not the best either – if you buy one it probably won't let you down but it won't wow you either. Canon is great at inkjets and copiers but there's very little about its laser printers that makes them stand out. C'mon Canon – give us something to get excited about!
by Anthony Morgan