Out of the Box: Canon, Sony, Swann, Panasonic

Out of the Box: Canon, Sony, Swann, Panasonic


Canon has released its latest high-performance colour laser printer for the SOHO business sector and corporate workgroups.

The new CLBP400 offers a 600 x 2400dpi equivalent resolution on colour prints and operates at an average output speed of 16 pages per minute for monochrome and 4 pages per minute for colour.

The system uses an oil-less toner fixing methodology to deliver a non-glossy finish and to sharpen the edge definition of fonts and images. Its straight paper path design minimises paper jams and the Dynamic Load Balance technology speeds the throughput of data, the company claims.

CLBP400 uses Intel RISC based processing compatible with Win95 and upwards and NT4.0 with connection direct to the PC via a parallel port or network. To simplify installation and configuration and for ongoing network management, the printer uses NetSpot device management software.

Additional printer driver options include Overlay Printing which allows users to print previously created form over all pages of a print job and Multiple Page Printing to reduce document size and fit several pages on a single sheet.

The CLBP400 is available now and retails at $ has added two three-panel LCD projectors to its range - the VPL-CX10 and the VPL-CS10. Both units sport nine inch LCD panels and offer 1200 and 1000 ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved lumen brightness. With ceiling mounted, tabletop and rear projection capabilities the 3.3kg units are designed for multipurpose use and portability.

USB ports allow interaction through a PC as part of the units multiple input capability. Both units offer an internal scan converter allowing the projectors to display images from VGA to SXGA as well as horizontal frequency capability of 15 to 91KHz, composite video, Y/C video and component video. The VPL-CX10 and VPL-CS10 are available in December and retail for $10,450 and $7590 respectively.

Sony is also expanding its ultra portable projector range with the release of the VPL-CX1 and VPL-CS2. At 2.9kg with small footprints the units are Sony's smallest and lightest. The VPL-CX1 offers XGA (1024x7680 resolution via 0.7 inch LCD panels and a brightness output of 600 ANSI lumens. The VPL-CS2 offers SVGA (800 x 600) resolution and delivers 550 ANSI lumens.

The VPL-CX1 and VPL-CS2 are available now and retail for $5390 and $7150's new external modem, Swannsmart Turbo 56K, boasts combined speed and stability. With 56Kbps receiving and 33.6Kbps transmission capabilities, the Turbo handles voice, fax and data files. The system operates on Win95 or higher and requires only 16MB RAM, a CD ROM driver, a spare serial port and 486 DX2/66 or higher.

With up to 115,200 bps data compression, the unit's voice mode has ADPCM CODEC enhancement, incoming call description and concurrent DTMF detection. The modem is available now and retails for $ is offering a cash-back program on its entry-level colour laser printer, KX-P8415.

Targeted at small offices and workgroups, Panasonic is offering $500 cash back on business customers who buy the printer before December 31. The new offering prints at up to 5.3 pages per minute (ppm) in colour and 16ppm in black and white with resolution of up to 1200 x 1200dpi. It also features 32MB standard memory expandable to 288MB.

The KX-P8415 can be used as a stand-alone device or network printer, supporting Windows 95 to 2000 and NT 4.0. Panasonic also offers an optional 100 Base-TX/ 10 Base T Ethernet interface.

The printer retails for $4499. To claim the special offer, customers must send in proof of purchase by January

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