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Canon launches new all-in-one devices

updated 10:40 am EST, Tue February 21, 2006

New Canon PIXMA AIOs

Canon today announced that it has expaned its PIXMA All-In-One (AIO) lineup with two new multi-function printers, the PIXMA MP800R, and the PIXMA MP830 models. The MP830 model features black and white print speeds of up to 30 pages-per-minute (ppm) and color print speeds of up to 24ppm along with both black/white and color copy/fax functions, and edge-to-edge photo printing. Both the PIXMA MP830 Office AIO and the wireless PIXMA MP800R Photo AIO offer Canon's five-color ContrastPLUS ink system with a resolution of up to 9600 x 2400 color dpi. The printers also feature Canon's economical individual ink tank, ChromaLife100 system and the PIXMA FINE print head technology with 3,584 nozzles ejecting ink droplets as small as one-picoliter. Canon also debuted two new PIXMA printers for professionals.

In addition, both models can print photo-lab-quality borderless 4 x 6-inch photos in approximately 36 seconds and allow direct photo printing from select memory cards and PictBridge ready devices. The MP800R model also supports IrDA wireless printing as a standard from devices such as mobile phones and PDAs. Printing from select Bluetooth devices is also possible with the MP800R AIO (with an optional adapter).

The PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

Incorporated into the sleek design of the PIXMA MP830 Office AIO is a printer, copier, scanner, and fax that features an automatic document feeder (ADF) for either copying or scaning both sides of a document automatically. The Auto Duplexing feature permits two-sided copying/scanning, without the need to manually turn over pages and re-feed the document. Canon also said that the ADF is capable of handling up to 35 sheets of letter-sized paper; for large volume print jobs, the PIXMA MP830 Office AIO features a two-way paper feed with a capacity of up to 300 sheets of letter-sized paper.

The device includes options for Auto Exposure Copy that can alter the density and contrast of a document, an improved PDF creation function, and a new "push scan" option that makes it easy to send an image to a computer as a file or an email attachment.

In copy mode, the PIXMA MP830 offers 29/24 ppm speeds for monochrome and color copies, respectively. The built-in color Super G3 fax allows users to receive up to 250 incoming pages, offers one-touch speed dialing for up to eight numbers, and provides a coded speed dial function that can store up to 100 locations.

The PIXMA MP800R Photo All-In-One

The PIXMA MP800R features both wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi IEEE802.11b/g) printing using WPA security technology. It generates high quality photos and documents, scans documents at up to 2400 x 4800 dpi, and can share data over multiple PCs. Users can also adjust scanner settings and check the machine status remotely.

Canon also said that the printer fulfils prints jobs in the order it receives them, so a networked family can use the machine at the same time from different computers and different areas of the house.

The AIO device also features a quick and easy one-touch photo reprint button, a scanner that can accommodate two 4 x 6-inch photos at once, and a built-in 35mm positive or negative film scanner capable of capturing up to six 35mm negatives/positives, or four mounted slides. The scanner automatically adjusts the alignment of the images by up to ten degrees to straighten images.

Users can also take advantage of the PIXMA MP800R Photo All-In-One's automatic image editing features. Providing functions as basic and essential as cropping and trimming, the unit also helps brighten faces, correct backlit situations, and reduce image grain. Users can also renew treasured old photos with functions that reduce dust, scratches and help correct fading as well as correct red eye, adjust color, and apply creative photo effects when printing directly from one of the unit's memory card slots. Canon says the printer will also improve prints taken from low-resolution camera phone images by employing the unit's on-board Image Optimizer technology.

Both printers are expected to be available in mid-March: the new PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One and the new networking PIXMA MP800R Photo All-In-One carry will be available for $300 and $400, respectively.

Canon will debut the PIXMA MP830 and MP800R All-in-One devices in its booth (No. 3509) during the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) exhibit.

by MacNN Staff



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