Canon U.S.A. Inc. has introduced the i70 Color Bubble Jet Printer and the i950 Photo Printer, two new additions to its line of Mac and Windows-compatible USB-based inkjet printers. Both printers have been deployed as successors to existing models, the BJC-85 and the S900 Photo Printer respectively.
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The i70 features up to 4800 x 1200 dot per inch resolution, borderless printing, and support for direct printing from select Canon digital cameras and DV camcorders, through a special Camera Port. The i70 outputs at up to 13 pages per minute in black and 9 pages per minute in color. It can print a borderless 4 x 6 inch photo in about 88 seconds, according to Canon.
The printer includes a power cable for desktop use that plugs into an AC outlet; optionally, users can buy a Portable Kit that includes a Lithium Ion battery that outputs about 450 pages per two-hour charge, according to the company. The kit also includes a battery holder, and will cost $99.99.
Canon claims that new inks formulated for the i70 yield 250 percent for black printing and 200 percent for color, thanks to volume increases compared with the ink tanks used in previous models.
The i70 supports USB printing in addition to the Camera Port, and is compatible with Mac OS 8.6 or higher, including Mac OS X 10.1 or later (Canon notes that borderless printing on OS X requires Jaguar). The i70 is expected to hit stores this month with a suggested retail price of US$299.99.
In related news, Canon has rolled out the i950 Photo Printer, a new inkjet model specifically aimed at digital photographers. The new printer sports 4800 x 1200 dot per inch output with even smaller ink droplets than other models (including the new i70, above). Canon said that the i950 can spray ink droplets as small as two picoliters, which produces better mid-range tones.
The i950 outputs 4 x 6 inch borderless photos in about 37 seconds, and supports Exif Print, which retains color and exposure data from digital cameras. The printer also features Canon’s Think Tank System, individual ink tanks for each color. The system includes an optical sensor that triggers a warning to let you know when ink is running low. Canon also supports Vivid Photo, a technology that helps produce more lifelike greens and blues when outputting images that are sRGB-based.
The i950 uses a high-speed four-motor system and relay feeding to make the printing process as fast as possible, but the printer also features “Quiet Mode,” a special operating mode that will reduce motor noise. Quiet Mode can also be set for specific time periods.
Available now, the i950 costs $249.99. Like the i70, it works with Mac OS 8.6 or higher, including Mac OS X 10.1 or higher. (Jaguar is needed for borderless printing in OS X.)