Canon U.S.A. recently introduced new models that should go on sale by September. These new models include the ImageClass MF8050Cn and MF8350Cdn all-in-one color laser printers, the Pixma MP560 and MP490 all-in-one inkjets and the Selphy CP790 dye-sub printer.
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The Canon ImageClass MF8050Cn ($499 list) and the MF8350Cdn ($699 list) all-in-one multifunction color laser printers appear to be targeted toward the small office/home office with color printing needs. Like many newer printers these two models feature both a USB 2.0 connection and an Ethernet port. The MF8350Cdn is faster, as you might expect. Both seem to support both copying, duplex printing and faxing but the press release is a bit slack on the specifics. As I get more details I’ll fill these in or post a full review.
The Canon Pixma MP560 ($149.99 list) is an all-in-one multifunction color inkjet printer intended primarily for the home photo printing market. It uses the 5 individual ink tank system, supports duplex printing and works with PictBridge-compatible digital cameras. It has the standard USB port plus Wi-Fi 802.11b and g protocols. I think they should have added in the ‘n’ protocol as well to differentiate themselves from competitors in the same price range. The Canon Pixma MP490 ($99 list) looks like a stripped down, entry level model. It’s unclear from the press release what features this printer has, aside from a 4 tank printing system, but I’ll be filling these in as I get them.
The Canon Selphy CP790 (list $179.99) is dye-sub compact photo printer. This printer is a bright green and comes with a whimsical plastic bucket to carry the printer and accessories. It features the ability, with the addition of an $80 battery pack, to go completely portable. It will be interesting to see how long that battery pack lasts in the field while printing. It looks like this printer is intended for teen and young adult market, although it seems a bit on the pricey side for that in the current economic climate.
According to the press release from Canon, all of these new printers will work with PCs, including Vista and Windows 7, and Mac. They’re also supposed to be ‘green’ if that’s a concern for you.
Based on what I’ve seen from other Canon printers the MF8050Cn, MF8350Cdn, MP560, MP490 and CP790 should be good printers. I’m looking forward to testing them out sometime in the next few months. When I do, look for my full review of these printers.