Canon refreshes PIXMA all-in-one printer lineup, adds tap-to-print for Android devices
posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM EDT
Want to save some desk space by consolidating several devices into one? You're not alone: all-in-one printers which include scanning and copying capabilities are pretty common these days, and Canon's PIXMA lineup are among the most popular. Further evolving the series, the company has just introduced three new PIXMA-branded wireless photo inkjet all-in-ones with touchscreen displays at pricepoints from US$100 to US$200
The Canon PIXMA MG5620 (US$100) forms the entry point, with a 1,200 dpi flatbed scanner and 1,200 dpi, 5-color inkjet printer that offers two or five-picoliter droplet sizes. Capable of creating a 4x6-inch photo print in 44 seconds, the MG5620 includes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless connectivity, and can also print via a USB 2.0 High-Speed cabled connection.
As well as a fair few physical controls, the MG5620 includes a 2.5-inch inset touch-screen LCD panel through which settings can be adjusted. This model ships with a matte finish, and a choice of black or white body colors.
Step up another US$50 to the Canon PIXMA MG6620 (US$150), and you'll get all of the above, with a few changes and additions. First of all, there's a memory card slot capable of accepting Secure Digital or Memory Stick Duo memory cards. (It's also compatible with SDHC versions, as well as MiniSD, MicroSD, and Memory Stick Micro cards with an adapter.)
The MG6620 also boasts a passive NFC antenna that lets you start a print by simply holding your Android phone next to the printer with the image on-screen, so long as you're already connected to the right Wi-Fi network. Also added are a larger 3.0-inch touchscreen panel, and Easy PhotoPrint+ support. Again available with a matte finish, this model ships in black, white, or burnt orange colors.
Finally, we come to the MG7520. This sports an active NFC radio, so Android devices can connect and print automatically. It also has a more attractive, glossy finish with flush-mounted, 3.5-inch touchscreen and Canon's Intelligent Touch System, which uses touch-sensitive controls that are visible only when active. Its scanner and printer have double the resolution, at 2,400 dpi, and it also adds one more ink color as well as grayscale printing support.
Photos print in just 21 seconds thanks to an 80% increase in the number of color print nozzles, and there's a smaller one picoliter droplet size as well as the larger two and five-picoliter droplets of the other models. Throw in an Ethernet port, self-opening output tray, CD/DVD printing, and a slightly higher media capacity from two cartridges, and you've got a pretty strong argument for spending another $50 to get this model at US$200. Colors are again black, white, or burnt orange.
All three new models are available immediately in the US market. More details can be found on Canon's website.