Canon: MP260 and MP370
Canon Australia is offering two multi-function devices designed for the home or small office, the ImageClass MP360 and MP370. The devices deliver colour home printing, copying, and scanning as well as the PictBridge compliant multifunction device, which lets users connect any PictBridge enabled digital camera, irrespective of brand, straight to the ImageClass MP370 via a USB cable to print photos (and no computer is required). Both models feature: high-speed printing (up to 18 ppm black, 12 ppm colour); borderless, full-bleed printing and copying on A4, 5 x 7 and 6 x 4 photo paper; colour copying at 12 copies per minute, mono copying at 18 copies per minute; and high-resolution 1200 x 2400 dpi optical scanning. The photo printing feature for the MP370 can be done either direct from a Canon digital camera or compatible memory cards; or via a computer with the MP360. As a printer, both models are capable of print speeds of up to 18 ppm mono and 12 ppm colour. Other features include: Easy-PhotoPrint / Easy-PhotoPrint Plus software to produce photos in three steps; Vivid Photo printing which makes photographs appear more vibrant, particularly useful for photos that were taken with incorrect exposure; microfine Droplet Technology that delivers two and five picolitre droplets to refine colour, precision and detail; image resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi; and High Intensity Colour Inks. For a list of resellers and distributors, visit www.canon.com.au.
RRP: MP360 - $299; MP370 - $399
The Lexmark X7170 all-in-one, featuring productivity suite software, is designed for the SMB market. It offers small business owners a one-stop shop for faxing, scanning, printing and copying documents. Integrated within the X7170, via an intuitive graphical user interface, the productivity suite software lets users: create multiple page portable document files (PDFs), from a variety of formats, into a single document for storage and distribution; convert hard copy pages into text files that can be edited and scanned-to-email via Lexmark Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program; use thumbnail images and drag-and-drop functionality to print, fax, email, convert to another format or archive any document with just a few keystrokes; upload images from PictBridge-enabled cameras to edit, organise and print high-definition colour photos; and view flash tutorials, download templates and receive Lexmark product updates via Web links. The X7170 features a flatbed scanner - 1200 x 4800 dots per inch (dpi) resolution - with 48-bit color depth and CCD technology. On the colour front, the X7170 also features borderless printing capabilities, optional six-color support and a maximum 4800 dpi print resolution. With monochrome print speeds of up to 22 pages-per-minute (ppm) in black, reports are ready when deadlines loom. Meanwhile, the front-loading paper path with a 4 x 6 input tray handles a variety of media types including transparencies, heavy card stock, envelopes and labels. Automatic paper sensing technology helps ensure professional grade output regardless of the medium, without manual adjustment. The product is slated for local distribution in October, and will be available from Tech Pac, Ingram Micro, IT Wholesale, Hi Tech, Gallas, RDT Technologies and Todaytech Distribution.
RRP: The Australian list price will be determined later this month. The US list price is $249.
Epson Stylus CX and RX series
Epson is launching a range of multi-function printers that suit users from the entry level first-timer to the photo confident prosumer. At 2880 x 720 optimised dpi, the Stylus CX1500 is ideal for home users wanting high quality printing from an easy to use machine using dye ink. The Stylus CX3500 is an affordable multi-function printer, suitable for both text and photo printing and copying using Epson's DuraBrite pigment ink technology. The CX6500 features high-speed, high resolution printing, up to 22ppm black text printing, with 5760 x 1440 optimised dpi (using Resolution Performance Management Technology), using Epson's DuraBrite ink. The Stylus RX430 is a multi-function printer which produces high-quality photo prints, copies and scans are inexpensive to run. You can print on the Epson Stylus RX430 at up to 5760x 1440 optimised dpi for the best quality prints, whilst not compromising on speed. For a complete list of distributors visit www.epson.com.au.
RRP: Epson Stylus CX6500 - $399. Prices have yet to be announced on the other models.
HP Photosmart 2510
HP is offering a multi-function device for the networked home. It incorporates printing, copying, scanning and faxing features as well as wireless and wired networking capability. The built-in 802.11b wireless networking feature allows notebook users equipped with Wi-Fi capability to flexibly work through scanning, printing, faxing and copying without cumbersome cords. A built-in colour LCD panel, an integrated memory card reader and HP Photo Proof Sheet technology, make it possible to print true-to-life photos without using a PC. High resolution digital photo printing with 4800 optimised dpi mode. The all-in-one is supported by Microsoft Windows98, 98 SE, 2000 Professional, Windows XP, Mac OS 9.1 or Mac OS X. The 2510 is distributed in Australia by Tech Pac.
Ricoh Aficio 2232C and 2238C
Ricoh claims its colour multi-function devices, the Aficio 2232C and 2238C, improve office efficiency. Cost control is ensured by the provision of Ricoh's User Code Access. This facility restricts access to network colour printing. There is also the potential to allocate colour costs back to departments. Both devices come equipped with a WebImageMonitor. This means a Web browser is used for MFD access, eliminating the need to upgrade proprietary software, and so save on costs and simplify installation. The MFDs offer speeds of 24 and 28 copies per minute for colour for the Aficio 2232C and Aficio 2238C, respectively, and a fast 32 and 38 copies per minute, respectively, for black and white output. The output speeds are maintained with doubled-sided copying/printing. The productivity of document production is also enhanced through inline finishing options, including stapling, hole punching, and even the ability to make double sided, saddle-stitched booklets. Document handling is made easy by the provision of a large 80GB hard-disk drive (HDD), which comes as standard. Users can store and manage data using the WebImageMonitor to deliver scanned documents directly to PC folders. Both MFDs offer the widest range of network protocols, including USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, Bluetooth and wireless LAN. The products are distributed in Australia by Danka.
RRP: Aficio 2232C - $12,100, Aficio 2238C - $14,300