Printers

Canon expands color printer line with new lasers, inkjets, dyesub

Canon U.S.A. on Tuesday introduced new models of its ImageCLASS laser printers, along with new Pixma inkjet and Selphy dye-sub printers. All are Mac and PC-compatible.

The ImageClass MF8050Cn and MF8350Cdn are two new multifunction color laser printers expected to go on sale in September, 2009 for $499 and $699 respectively. Both printers feature Ethernet and USB 2.0 interfaces. The MF8350Cdn prints at up to 21 pages per minute in color and black and white, and can handle two-sided printing, copying and faxing. The MF8050Cn prints at up to eight pages per minute in color and 12 pages in black and white; it features a 5-line LCD display with animation to help users follow on-screen instructions.

The Pixma MP560 is a new all-in-one inkjet printer that supports Wi-Fi 802.11b and g protocols. It can print out pictures from USB flash memory devices, supports PictBridge-compatible cameras and has five individual ink tanks and a 2.0-inch LCD screen. It can output 9.2 inches per minute for back and white documents and 6.0 inches per minute for color, and costs $150. It also sports auto-duplex (two-sided) printing.

The Pixma MP490 is another all-in-one unit with four-color inks; it can print out a 4 x 6 inch photo in about 43 seconds. It has a 1.8-inch LCD screen and a self-opening output tray; it works using USB 2.0. It costs $100.

The Selphy CP790 is Canon’s newest compact photo printer. The dye-sub printer costs $180, and also has available an $80 battery pack that lets you use it away from a wall outlet. It features a 3.0-inch LCD display and can print a 4 x 6 inch photo in 43 seconds.

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