|Canon PIXMA iX4000 printer|
Ilse Jurriën : February 22th 2006 - 15:30 CET
Canon PIXMA iX4000 printer : Canon today announces the launch of a new A3+ printer: the PIXMA iX4000. The new Canon printer is designed to meet office requirements - delivering rapid, high quality prints for documents and graphics, while also continuing in the PIXMA tradition of producing high speed lab-quality photo prints. These are achieved with Canon’s FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology, which lies at the heart of PIXMA’s photolab performance. The new products strengthen the PIXMA range by bringing the sub-brand’s core values - designer styling and advanced technology for high quality, high speed photo printing - into the important small office and home office segment.|
Canon PIXMA iX4000 printer |
For professional business documents without delay, the new PIXMA iX4000 model benefits from the FINE print technology speed advantage. Sharp, crisp text printing is achieved with a pigment black ink. iX4000 printer’ USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection ensures the high speed print engines are always at full productivity. “Canon is now strengthening the PIXMA sub-brand by focusing on the small business market,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe.
Canon PIXMA iX4000 - FINE technology
Businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on digital images to provide instant global communication without the need for translating. Incorporating FINE technology the new Canon iX4000 printer delivers photolab quality prints at exceptional speeds. Ink droplets of 2pl, together with the maximum 4800dpi x 1200dpi print resolution, provide virtually grain free photos with an image quality comparable to that of a conventional 6-colour photo printer. Capable of printing on A3+ photo paper, the PIXMA iX4000 takes only 166 seconds to produce an A3+ photolab quality print (28 x 36cm photo on A3+ photo paper). Borderless 4 x 6” photo prints are generated in as little as 51 seconds. The new Canon PIXMA iX4000 printer continues in the PIXMA tradition of advanced, contemporary designs - providing offices with a stylish yet robust device, light years away from the traditional ‘beige box’ office printer. Easy-access, large operation keys add to the printers’ locational freedom in the office.
Canon PIXMA iX4000 - Software
A comprehensive range of quality software is bundled with the PIXMA iX4000, allowing users to make full use of the printers’ functionality. The printer comes bundled with the following software:
• Easy-PhotoPrint - provides three easy steps to printing photos. Assisting 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 prevent the common problem of having the right-hand side of web pages cut off.
• PhotoRecord - (Windows only) guides users through printing a personalised photo album, including assistance with printing on Canon’s double-sided media.
• Easy-Print Toolbox - (Windows only) Always-at-the-ready desktop menu bar used to instantly launch common applications such as PhotoRecord and Easy-Photo-Print.
PIXMA iX4000 - Canon photo grade media and inks
Canon’s competitive advantage in printer hardware technology is fully realised when genuine Canon photo grade media and inks are used. The diverse and growing range of Canon media is developed specifically to work in combination with Canon’s FINE ink jet print technology. Photo papers and media are available in a wide range of formats (including mini stickers), finishes (from matt to semi-gloss to super-high gloss) and sizes (from credit card to the new A3+ size). As well as A3+, other new sizes include 8 x 10” (20 x 25cm) and 10 x 12” (25 x 30 cm) SG-101 and PR-101. Photo Paper Pro (PR-101) is the flagship paper for the highest grade, ultimate durability professional results. A double-sided photo paper (PP-101D & PP-101D) is also available.
Canon PIXMA iX4000 printer - FINE technology
Canon’s patented FINE semi-conductor manufacturing technique creates extraordinary print speeds for both photo as well as document printing by producing exceptionally long print heads with exceptionally high nozzle count and density. These get more ink on the page in less time than is possible with traditional inkjet technology, delivering fast borderless photo prints up to A3+ size. FINE also achieves virtually grain free photolab quality by delivering millions of microscopic 2 picolitre droplets each second with extremely high consistency and accuracy from 10 mm diameter Micro-Nozzles.
PIXMA iX4000 - Canon ChromaLife100
For improved fade resistance, the printer supports Canon’s ChromaLife100: a system of genuine Canon dye-based inks, which deliver exceptionally broad colour gamut, and specialised photo paper designed to work together with FINE print heads. This technology ‘triangle’ of nozzle design, ink and media produces prints that rival silver halide quality and longevity. Prints resist fading for 100 years when album-stored, 30 years when displayed under glass and 10 years when exposed to the effects of the air.
Canon iX4000 - Single ink
The PIXMA iX4000’s individual ink tanks ensure that only those inks which run out need to be replaced. They feature LEDs that only light when the tanks are installed correctly. To provide ink level monitoring information during stand-alone use that would normally be displayed on the computer screen, LEDs flash slowly to warn when the tank runs low, and more rapidly to indicate when the cartridge is empty.
Canon PIXMA iX4000 - Features:
• Fast document print speeds - 18 ppm/14 ppm for mono/colour A4 output
• Efficient single ink tanks for minimum ink wastage
• FINE print heads with 2pl droplets
• 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution for photo lab quality, high-speed prints
• ChromaLife100 system for long lasting, beautiful photos
• PictBridge for direct photo prints
Canon PIXMA iX4000 - Pricing and availability
The PIXMA iX4000 supports the vendor independent PictBridge standard for direct cable connection photo printing with contemporary digital cameras and digital video cameras, without the need for a PC. The iX4000 is compatible with Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later. The PIXMA iX4000 will be available from April 2006, priced at around €360.00 inc. VAT.