Monday, 17 November 2014 22:21

Canon maximises new small business printers: MAXIFY


Printer and camera company Canon has launched a brand new range of printers dubbed MAXIFY for SoHo and small businesses, designed ‘to support the demand from for high volume, colour printing’.

Canon is well known for its printing prowess, and has launched a new range of printers for customers ‘looking for professional quality colour printing as well as high-quality copying, scanning and faxing.’  

The new MAXIFY range ‘consists of four multi-functional devices (MFDs) - MB2060, MB2360, MB5060 and MB5360, as well as one single-function printer (SFP), the iB4060.'

The company promises the range has been ‘designed with durability in mind to reliably handle the high print volumes required by small and home offices, and says that ‘the MB2060 and MB2360 will support home office environments with a recommended print capacity of up to 1000 pages per month, while the MB5060, MB5360 and iB4060 have been designed for small office printing and support higher print volumes of up to 1500 pages per month’.

Most of the new models also maximise office productivity with a ‘First Print Out Timeas low as seven seconds and A4 print speeds at 23 ipm for black-and-white and 15 ipm for colour.’
To further aid in cutting out wasted time, the MAXIFY MB5360 features Canon’s new Single Pass 2-sided Scan functionality, which allows both sides of the document to be scanned simultaneously.

This is done thanks to two CIS sensors which ‘scan both the front and back of the page as it moves through the printer, enhancing scan and copy speeds and saving valuable time when large batches of documents need to be processed in one go.’ 

The MAXIFY printers promise high-quality inkjet printing at a competitive price by using ‘a new Dual Resistant High Density (DRHD) ink that has been designed specifically for the range.’

This builds on Canon’s FINE ink technology, with the new ink specially formulated for business documents and is water, friction and marker resistant for extra durability.

Canon doesn’t mention it in its media release, but a new ink formulation also encourages businesses to use genuine inks, rather than cheaper replacement inks that don’t guarantee the quality Canon’s own inks promise.

Allowing small businesses to produce high quality documents, the DRHD ink delivers striking black text and vivid colours on graphics, whilst also enabling small businesses to benefit from low cost per page printing.

There are also new high-yield XL ink tanks.

Aimed at home offices, the MAXIFY MB2060 and MB2360, produce up to 1200 black-and-white pages, while the small office MAXIFY printers, the MB5060, MB5360 and iB4060, produce up to 2,500 black-and-white pages before cartridges need to be replaced, reducing printer downtime.

Canon says its customers ‘can also benefit from up to 15% additional cost savings by purchasing Canon’s DRHD inks in multi-packs, which help small businesses to cut costs without reducing the quality of their printed documents.’

It’s not just the features above that will entice small businesses and home offices to upgrade, but also a host of connectivity features we all now take for granted.

Wi-Fi connectivity allows the printers to deliver wireless printing from mobile devices, while Canon’s ‘Cloud Link’ offers printing from and scanning to, cloud storage providers such as Evernote, Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive - all directly from the printer screen.

In addition, Canon’s ‘Printing Solutions App’ delivers similar functionality via a smartphone or tablet, while the printers are also compatible with mobile printing solutions such as Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

The MAXIFY MB2060, MB2360, MB5060, MB5360 printers also feature Canon’s scan-to-email function, which allows users to save time and send scanned documents and images as email attachments directly from the printer. 

There’s also the ability to gain ‘greater visibility of the printing habits of a small business which also helps to identify usage patterns and arms small businesses with the information they need to control print costs.’

Naturally, the new range ‘has been designed with this in mind, featuring control options that allow business owners to restrict specific functions, for example protecting the ability to copy in colour by setting a password.’

The new printers also offer the option to keep a record of total volumes printed, scanned or faxed, to allow users to get a better picture of how the device is being used in the office. 

The new range will be exclusively available at Officeworks and Bing Lee stores until February 2015, after which they will be available nationwide.

Here are the direct links for Canon’s MAXIFY MB2060MB2360MB5060MB6360 and iB4060, where you'll get the low-down on the features and benefits each model offers. 

Prices have not been released and I don’t yet see the printers at the Officeworks site, but given the competitive nature of the printer industry and the relatively low prices printers cost due to profits being made on the inks, you should expect Canon’s new MAXIFY range to be competitively priced against similarly capable units from other printer companies.

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