Canon U.S.A. Inc. today announced the
S600 Bubble Jet printer. The new printer sports a USB interface, and provides four-color printing at 2400×1200 dots-per-inch. Canon said that the new printer could print text at up to 15 pages-per-minute, color graphics at 10 pages-per-minute, and about 90 seconds per page to print out an 8 x 10-inch photo.
The S600 is primarily targeted at small office/home office (SOHO) users who are looking for a mid-range inkjet printer that can deliver high-resolution graphics and still print at high speed, according to Canon senior sales Vice President John Arnos.
The S600 operates at 39 decibels in its highest quality mode. The new printer also sports Canon’s vaunted ThinkTank System, which utilizes individual ink tanks and a low-ink sensor, thus reducing waste if one color is used more frequently than others. Arnos also said that photos printed with the S600 could last up to 25 years without fading, when printed on Canon’s Photo Paper Pro.
Like the Canon S800 model, the S600 features the company’s Advanced Microfine Droplet technology, a new nozzle and heater system that Canon said produces faster and more precise placement of ink on the page. The new technology uses a higher-resolution print head with over 1,000 nozzles, and moves the heating mechanism to the tip of each nozzle closer to the point of ejection.
The new printer ships today, according to Canon, and carries a suggested retail price of US$199. It carries a one-year limited warranty with coverage under Canon’s InstantExchange Program. There was no specific mention of compatibility with Mac OS X.