I’ve always had good luck with Canon printers. For several years, I’ve used the MX870 that cost me somewhere around $200 (R3 000) if memory serves me right.
It’s one of the all-in-one models that I’ve frequently used for scanning and sometimes for faxing. And it’s performed without a hiccup. A very solid, well-made machine.
Representatives of the company recently invited me to test out the new PIXMA G4200 Wireless all-in-one MegaTank model. It uses liquid dye-based ink that results in a whopping 6,000 black and white pages and 7 000 color pages, per fill. That’s generally about a year’s worth of ink, for most people. Realistically even more.
I pulled it from the box and was pleasantly surprised at its sleekness. That is, it’s pretty lightweight and also has a relatively small footprint compared to other like-equipped printers.
Setting it up was fairly breezy. There’s not much to it. You install the print heads and fill in the four tanks with liquid ink. That’s it. In fact, Canon pretty much makes the process spill-proof: you don’t squeeze each ink bottle until its nose is buried into the reservoir. Start to finish took maybe four minutes. And I love that the ink tanks have windows on the front of the machine, so you can physically see how much ink is left in each of them.
Next, I was able to quickly turn on the unit and connect it to my mobile phone, Chromebook and a Windows laptop. Canon vows the printer’s also Mac-compatible. I experienced a slight challenge getting it to connect to my home WiFi at one point, receiving a vague “Please wait a while” message on the printer’s small screen. So while waiting “a while” as directed, I went back and read through the manual that also offered bizarre instructions, such as (verbatim) “Do not connect any cable except the power cord yet.” and “Setting Up the FAX in the Basic Manual which is installed into your computer.” Huh? Everything came together fine, within minutes. But I felt a little vulnerable in the interim.
The printer itself works smoothly, in fact. It’s noticeably quieter than any other printer I’ve tested. Documents emerge with crisp text and graphics. Images on photo paper look awesome. And scans are also wonderfully clear and vibrant. There are some special function modes, such as 2-on-1 and 4-on-1 copy mode that let you scan two or four pages, depending on how you set it up, and then print them onto one sheet. That can be very helpful in reducing paper and ink costs. For Windows — and I’m assuming Macs — the included software suite is impressive, too, letting you not only do the typical customized scans and prints, but also letting you print video frames, collages, photo layouts, disc labels, calendars, greeting cards, etc. All of these performance features and extras are ultimately why consumers purchase a printer. And with the huge supply of ink that’s included, you shouldn’t have to even lift the hood for quite a while.
ZutaLabs has designed a portable printer that can go anywhere, print from any mobile device, on any size paper.
The printer is outfitted for day-to-day life. It has a rechargeable battery and an on/off switch. It connects directly to smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs, and allows the user to print on any size piece of paper.
The printer is equipped with a unique mechanical drive system; WiFi connectivity for connecting to mobile devices; and a battery that provides a full hour of printing at the rate of one page per minute.
Measuring 10cm in diameter and weighing just 350g, this printer is truly mobile.
One ink cartridge prints approximately 100 pages, and a conveniently-located hatch provides easy access to the ink cartridge for replacement.
To print, all the user needs to do is turn the printer to “on”; align the corner of the printer with the corner of the paper; and click “print”, or send the document to the mobile app, and it will start printing.
If you send several pages to get printed, the printer will stop when it gets to the bottom of the first page and wait for you to align it at the top of the next page.
Once the printer is placed on the next page, you can tap on the app and it will continue to print.
Both cartridges and pre-orders are available through the manufacturer. The printer is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2017.
Providing an exciting new dimension to creative design and products, Drive Control Corporation (DCC) has announced the immediate availability of OKI’s Pro6410 NeonColor printer that allows for the printing of super-bright fluorescent design on transfer media for use on almost anything.
The Pro6410 NeonColor printer liberates graphic design from the limits of the standard CMY (cyan, magenta and yellow) colour spectrum; print houses and graphic arts departments can therefore create fluorescent effects on either black or white backgrounds. Furthermore, with OKI’s neon white toner, they can add a security mark, only visible under UV black light.
Says Heinrich Pretorius, OKI product specialist at Drive Control Corporation (DCC): “The versatility of the Pro6410 NeonColor and its vibrant colour spectrum means businesses can now provide product and service development in garment and product decoration, personalisation, packaging and proofing, point-of-sale and in-store signage and education.
“The NeonColor undoubtedly underscores OKI’s continuous commitment to the channel, opening up new, practical, revenue-generating opportunities for customers.”
The Pro6410 NeonColor offers A4 media versatility on weights of up to 250gsm (grams per square metre) and banner lengths of up to 1320mm.
Additional Pro6410 NeonColor product specifications and features include:
• Colour speed: 8ppm (transparency mode), 34ppm (plain paper);
• Resolution: 1200x600dpi;
• Time to first page: 9 seconds;
• Toner life (colour/white): 6,000/4,000 pages;
• Max paper weight: 220gsm Tray, 250gsm MPT (multipurpose tray);
• Max paper size: A4;
• Processor speed: 533Mhz;
• Paper input: (Main Tray + MPT): 300 + 100;
• Language: PS3; and
• Dimensions (HxWxD): 340 x 435 x 546mm.
The new solid ink ColorQube 8880 printer from Xerox, represented locally by Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) is a flexible, waste-conscious solution for businesses that need optimal colour performance in a smaller carbon footprint.