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CES 2010 Printers

By Terry Currier

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Brother International
The MFC-6490CW features every day business applications in one package, making it an ideal tool. It was the first all-in-one inkjet on the market to offer the versatility of utilizing the 11” x 17” ledger size paper for more efficient business functions. It has an estimated street price of $299 and a 2-year warranty, which is a competitive deal compared to the current all-in-one offerings on the market. It also has additional powerful features, such as:

Other new family of products includes two new color printers (HL-3000 Series from $299 to $349) and three new color All-in-Ones (MFC-9000 Series from $399 to $499).  The new models deliver powerful features including fast color and monochrome print speeds in a compact design, making them ideal choices for small businesses and home-based office professionals.

The new machines also set a new performance benchmark by delivering professional quality color or monochrome printing at up to 17 pages per minute which is the fastest single pass color print speed within each of their respective market segments. In addition, Brother’s newest family of printers and all-in-ones use LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, enabling its new family of compact color machines to feature a significantly smaller footprint than its existing color laser products. 

HL-3040CN key features:

MFC-9320CWCN key features:Brother MFC-9320CWCN

Brother also recently introduced three new inkjet all-in-ones (MFC-295CN, MFC-495CW, and MFC-795CW from $99 to $179). These new machines have set a new benchmark for providing professional quality printing while utilizing minimal office space thanks to the Brother ink tube delivery system. Using this system, the ink cartridges do not have to be situated above the print head, allowing a lower-profile end product. 

Unveiled two new additions to its imageCLASS line-up – the imageCLASS MF5850dn and MF5880dn black-and-white laser multifunction printers (MFPs).  The new MF5800 Series provides IT and system administrators advanced levels of device management to ensure cost-effective yet powerful usage by general staff. Department ID management allowsCanon imageCLASS MF5850dn administrators to set up to 100 User IDs and passwords, enabling them to retrieve output numbers and set limits on how much employees can print, copy or scan. An embedded Web server provides an administrator the ability to manage the device remotely through a standard Web browser where they can view and modify settings such as address books, device activity logs and network information. Both models support USB 2.0 and 10/100 Base T Ethernet as standard interfaces, allowing the device to be used by one or shared by many and a wireless option is also available.

With both models documents can be scanned directly to a USB flash drive in Canon’s Hi-Compression PDF mode, which significantly reduces scanned file size while maintaining outstanding text and image quality. The MF5880dn adds advanced sending capabilities, allowing users to scan and send documents directly to an e-mail or network folder.

Both offer all-mode auto-duplexing functionality and utilize Canon’s On-Demand SURF (Surface Rapid Fusing) technology, which uses a linear ceramic heater that heats instantly for reduced energy consumption and fast warm-up speeds, resulting in first print and copy pages in approximately six and eight seconds, respectively. They also boast print speeds of up to 30 pages-per-minute. In addition, a 250-sheet cassette and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray come standard, while an optional 500-sheet cassette is also available. 

The MF5880dn also features support for PCL (Printer Command Language), while both machines utilize Canon’s proprietary host-based printer language, UFRII-LT (Ultra Fast Rendering), which takes full advantage of a PC’s processing power. IP address filtering and MAC address filtering help prevent access to a company’s network and its confidential data.

The MF5850dn and MF5880dn will be available through select authorized Canon resellers at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $995 and $1,195, respectively.

The Canon latest additions PIXMA MX870, MX350 and MX340 Wireless1 Office AIO printers come the ability to print images and documents from almost anywhere, the printers canCanon MX350 be set up in almost any part of the home office or small business environment. Developed with improved operation panel enabling users to perform basic functions by simply pressing the Mode key. A new addition to these printers is the Auto Document Fix feature which simultaneously helps deliver easy-to-view scan results for easy sharing and repurposing while sharpening and blackening document text to increase readability. When scanning documents, such as magazines or newspapers, Auto Document Fix removes the background and the show through from the other side of the page making it easier to view.

The Auto Photo Fix II feature can be found on all the new models launched today as well.  This feature helps correct common photo errors, such as underexposed images, helping users get the most out of them. It can assist with features such as Multi-Zone Exposure Correction, improvements in overall face detection, scene analysis, plus brightness and saturation correction. Included on each PIXMA Wireless Office AIO printer is the ability to print up to four separate documents on the front side of one page of paper helping to improve organization and decrease consumption. This helps to reduce paper usage by limiting unnecessary printing while also improving business processes by helping to decrease the amount of time it takes to prepare large presentations.

The PIXMA MX870 Wireless1 Office AIO comes with Auto Duplex copying, and utilizes five cost-effective individual ink tanks producing photo-lab quality images. The estimated selling price of the PIXMA MX870 Wireless Office AIO printer is $200. For an entry-level single function printer, the PIXMA iP2702 offers a wide array of advanced features. Utilizing Auto Photo Fix II and Easy-WebPrint EX (Windows only), this new single function printer produces both photos and documents of tremendous quality. Additionally, a 4”x 6” borderless photo can be produced in approximately 55 seconds7, helping to ease the process of creating a keepsake photo album from a special event. The estimated selling price of the PIXMA iP2702 Inkjet Photo printer is $50.

Kodak  Kodak Printer
The launch of the KODAK ESP Office 6150 AiO Printer is an extension of its innovative All-in-One (AiO) Inkjet Printer portfolio for the Home Office business market. This new Kodak Printer offers home businesses improved productivity with four-in-one flexibility and premium-quality printing with the lowest total ink replacement cost in the industry. It  saves consumers on average $110 per year on ink based on as few as four pages per day.

It comes with the latest Wi-Fi technology and Ethernet connectivity that enables printing from multiple sources. It also features extremely simplified Wi-Fi set up to effortlessly connect to wireless networks in the home office. Kodak is also the world’s first direct WiFi printing solution for BLACKBERRY Smartphones, so now, home office users may print documents and photos from a WiFi enabled BLACKBERRY Smartphone. Consumers can also print photos from an iPhone and iPod Touch with the new Kodak Pic Flick application.

Kodak AiO Printers use proprietary nano-particulate pigment inks instead of dye-based ink to provide premium quality and industry-leading image stability. This means home business owners can print crisp text documents, brilliant graphics and Kodak Lab Quality photos that will last a lifetime.

The KODAK ESP Office 6150 advanced feature set includes:

Available in April 2010, the KODAK ESP Office 6150 retails for $230 U.S.MSRP. 

Lexmark  www.lexmark.comLexmark printer
Adding breadth and depth to their line of laser printers the new Lexmark X264dn, X360 Series and X460 Series pack powerful productivity and performance into compact devices for small and medium workgroups in any size organization.

Lexmark X460 Series: features Lexmark's customizable and innovative e-Task color touch screen, which offers simple access to a range of features including two-sided scanning, advanced copying and easy user authentication for enhanced security. Individual users can even personalize their own e-Task touch screen with Lexmark's MyMFP solution.

With the optional Lexmark Embedded Solutions Framework, small and medium workgroups, typically three to 10 people, have access to the same customizable or industry-specific solutions used by large workgroups to streamline paper-based processes, increasing productivity and reducing page volumes. Additionally, the series includes instant warm-up fuser technology, which reduces the time to first print to as fast as six and a half seconds.

Lexmark X264dn and X360 Series: For smaller workgroups that want big results these  monochrome laser MFPs unite essential office functions into one affordable desktop device. Network-ready devices that feature an intuitive operator panel. Customers can achieve professional-looking results with up to 1200x1200 dpi print quality, which enables sharp text, in addition to superior scan resolution with the 24-bit color CCD scanner. A 50-sheet automatic document feeder can scan two-sided documents and an optional paper drawer expands capacity up to 850 sheets.

All of them were designed from the ground up with the environment in mind. All models come standard with built-in two sided printing to reduce paper waste in addition to Eco-Mode and Quiet Mode to save energy and reduce noise. The devices also ship with Lexmark Return Program Toner Cartridges, which can be returned to Lexmark free of charge for remanufacturing or recycling.

Both the X460 Series and X360 Series feature wireless models that are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 3. With wireless printing capabilities, multiple users can conveniently share one device.

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