Dennis Hissink : July 9th 2004 - 08:00 CET
|New high speed PIXMA Multifunctionals from Canon
Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, today unveils two range-leading PIXMA 'all-in-one' devices: the PIXMA MP750 and PIXMA MP780 Multifunctionals. Featuring a stylish, futuristic new design, the devices unify every required home office product feature and more, into a single unit: 25 ppm mono / 17 ppm colour document printer, Photo printer - 4800 x 1200 dpi, 2 picolitre ink droplets, PictBridge compatible, Colour Copier - 22 cpm Mono / 17 cpm Colour, 35 page Automatic Document Feeder, Flat bed scanner - Full colour, 2400 x 4800 dpi optical resolution, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface, 2 way paper feeding - Sheet feeder and cassette, CD-R/DVD printer, Fax (MP780) - Super G3, full colour, 250 page memory.|
The MP750 and MP780 are two of eight devices launched today by Canon under its new PIXMA sub-brand. In response to accelerating demand for personal photo printers, all PIXMA products support photolab quality or better printing with FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) and 2 picolitre ink droplets. A minimalist design ethic incorporates clean lines, super-gloss finishes and 2-Way paper paths that allow flexible storage and operation. |
"These PIXMA multifunction devices close the door on beige, bland and boring. In a new era of designer technology, the MP750 and MP780 greatly improve the look of office products," said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. "In addition, they offer blistering speeds and professional photolab quality prints, making them ideal for the busy home office or small office where fast, professional output is essential."
All in one
With only one cable, one power source, one driver installation and only one investment required, the compact MP750 and MP780 are designed to save time, space and complication. A duplex unit provides automatic double sided printing and copying and dual paper paths allow switching from plain paper to special photo media without having to change paper. Both units support printing directly onto compatible CD-R and DVDs.
Personal photolab printing
In a special process called FINE, Canon has adapted its own silicon chip manufacturing technology to create print heads with the tolerance and precision close to that of integrated circuits. The FINE print heads in the MP750 and MP780 have 1856 Micro-Nozzles that can eject millions of ink droplets as small as 2 picolitres per second. This gets more ink on the page in less time and with greater accuracy for grain-free prints of unsurpassed clarity, contrast, colour range and smoothness of tone.
Documents print at up to 25 ppm (mono) and 17 ppm (colour), while 4" x 6" borderless photo will print in 36 seconds. Printing direct from most current digital cameras and digital video cameras without first downloading to PC is provided with support for the vendor independent PictBridge print standard.
Better inks, better contrast, no waste
Both devices employ Canon's ContrastPLUS technology which utilises a pigment-based black ink for crisp, sharp document printing, and a dye-based black and colours for high contrast, lustrous photo printing. Each ink is stored in a transparent, individually replaceable tank. To eliminate waste, only the ink that is exhausted needs to be replaced. A pop up window on their computer warns users when a particular colour is running low and the device will not start to print a page if there is insufficient ink to finish.
Fast scanning and copying
The devices incorporate an auto document feeder that lifts to expose a flatbed scanner/copier, providing users with true copier and high-speed scan functionality and flexibility. High resolution scanning and accurate colour reproduction are assured with 2400 x 4800 dpi optical resolution, 48/24 bit (in/out) scanning depth, and the devices will create full bleed borderless copies up to A4. Paper documents can be scanned and stored electronically as PDF files with the ?Scan-to-PDF’ function.
The MP780 features a Super G3 fax - the fastest attainable fax modem speed with capacity to receive multiple faxes without blocking the line, and full colour transmission capability. A 250 page memory ensures no faxes are lost, even if the machine runs out of ink or paper overnight. Faxing direct from PC applications is also supported.
Making things easy
MP Navigator software, an entirely new utility, is supplied to help users get immediate optimum quality results with minimum fuss. Users select the required process (e.g. scan, print image from PC, then select the desired output: photo print, PC copy, OCR, printing or save as a file or PDF).
The MP750 and MP780 are bundled with the following software packages:
ScanSoft OmniPage SE - Optical Character Recognition application that converts scanned text into characters for editing or storage as a searchable text file.
Presto!PageManager - (Windows only) the electronic document management and filing system to assist with scanning, sharing and organising photos and documents, by automatically linking to over 100 possible popular applications.
Easy-PhotoPrint - assists with options such as media selection and scaling. It includes features such as Face Sharpening for out-of-focus face correction, Red Eye Correction and Digital Face Smoothing to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Easy-WebPrint - (Windows only) sits on the Explorer toolbar and takes the frustration out of web page printing, saving time, ink and paper by correctly scaling output to print one-page-per-sheet, preventing the common problem of having the right-hand side of web pages cut off.
The MP750 and MP780 are compatible with Win98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OSX v10.2.4 or later.