Canon Launches MAXIFY Printers for Small Businesses
Canon has unveiled a new range of printers at the ‘Get Ready to Launch’ event in New York City, a seminar aimed at small business owners. Canon’s new MAXIFY inkjet printers are designed with the small office in mind, delivering high speed prints, high yield inks and high quality prints.
Canon already have the PIXMA range which caters to the small office and home office, but the new MAXIFY seeks to address all the needs of the ‘SOHO space’; small office, home office. Listening to small business owners “to see how their business is managed and how we can help them improve,” Canon have optimized the MAXIFY printers to provide efficient business solutions and keep costs down.
The MAXIFY range sits between the PIXMA and ImageClass series, serving small offices or home offices of less than 10 people and printing quickly. Using a newly developed printhead system, new ink system and a selection of other features designed specifically with offices users in mind, the Canon MAXIFY aims to boost office productivity.
Introducing a new ink system for the MAXIFY, Canon’s Dual Resistant High Density inks offer a high yield, with Canon saying the inks are: “designed to produce graphs with vivid colours and sharp, optical density, crisp text, which is friction and marker resistant.” What’s more, there is the option for XL ink cartridges, meaning your inks last longer. It’s not only the ink that lasts longer, but the paper too. The MAXIFY has a large paper capacity tray, with some models having two paper trays. Canon are quoting a print speed for black and white documents of 7 seconds.
All five models in the new MAXIFY range have built in Wi-Fi and come with Canon’s new dedicated MAXIFY Printing Solutions mobile app. Like the PIXMA Printing Solutions app, the MAXIFY will have access to Dropbox, Evernote, Microsoft One Drive, and Google Drive, as well as social media like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and Photobucket. When Canon were asked why not use a universal app for all Canon printers, they responded that whilst both apps are similar, the apps will evolve to serve the needs of their different users.
As for the printers themselves, at the higher end there’s the MB5320 which is a multifunction printer that features a 50-sheet Automatic Document Scanner. This ADF can perform auto duplexing: it can scan a two-sided document in one go thanks to dual Contact Image Sensors, making it a time saving option for office work. It has two 250 paper sheet trays, a 30,000 page monthly cycle and an output of 23 images per minute for black and white documents and 15 ipm for colour.
At the other end of the spectrum is the iB4020, an affordable printer that still features two 250 sheet paper trays, a monthly duty cycle of 30,000 pages and sprint speeds of 23 ipm in black and white and 15 ipm in colour. In between the high end MB5320 and affordable iB4020 are the MB5020, MB2320, MB2020 models that have different features according to price, but still produce the best results optimised for the small office or home office.
The MAXIFY is Canon’s attempt to cater for the SOHO environment. Epson recently launched it’s new series of Workforce office printers that have a new printhead technology called PrecisionCore, and the MAXIFY is Canon’s response to this. The MAXIFY is excessive for the user who occasionally prints, but if you do a lot of document printing, or run a small home business, the Canon MAXIFY is an attractive addition to the office.
Posted by Wayne Hogan