In January 2014, during the yearly CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Nevada, Canon announced the launching of several new models of printers and MFPs with Wi-Fi. Among them—Canon Pixma iP8720, which is a wireless inkjet photo printer for wide-format output.
Recently Adobe has introduced a new tool for Adobe Photoshop CC, already available for purchase. According to the producer, it allows Creative Cloud users to create, change, look through and now print the 3D models more quickly and visually clear.
OKI is widely known for its productive and innovative machines, but this time it surpassed itself. The company launched a new C900 series of color LED printers C911dn, C931dn, C941dn with revolutionary capabilities.
C941dn — a flagship A3 model — is made for office applications. Its unique feature—printing with the use of 5 colors of toner: CMYK plus white or clear—greatly enhances creative capabilities and image quality of the output. It can print on a broadest types of media from 360 g/m extra-thick card stock to 14 mil polyester and magnetic media and it can handle different sizes of media from 3×5-inch index cards to 13×52-inch banners.
The use of clear toner allows to produce unusual visual effects. When spot clear toner is put over CMYK, a brilliant effect is achieved. With the white toner it’s easy to print on dark-colored media with an excellent result. The model has improved abilities of printing on gloss and matte media. Fiery® XF RIP server (optional) helps to improve image management.
The impressive print speed of up to 50 ppm (both in color and monochrome modes), image resolution of 1200×1200 dpi, monthly duty cycle of 300,000 pages and highest capacity consumables in its class (up to 38,000 pages, based on ISO) makes OKI C941dn a very attractive purchase, while its total cost of ownership is the lowest, compared with the devices of the competing brands.
Not long ago Sharp launched a new line of MFPs with a capability of wireless connection. Four new models allow companies improve office workflows, using the most advanced technological solutions.
The main advantages of these multifunctional devices are high productivity and print speed (up to 51 ppm in color and monochrome modes). However their most significant feature is multiple wireless connectivity (to a cloud, to different operational systems, to mobile devices), what helps go with the tides. Sharp has broadened the function of its MFPs from simple data handling units to networked digital systems. The models are equipped with the high resolution 10.1’ touch-screens, providing the full and instant access to Internet and cloud applications, allowing users to find the needed information quickly and check e-mail as well as attachments at once.
Besides the default functions of printing, scanning and copying, MX devices provide such significant functions as Sharp OSA 4 platform (Open Systems Architecture) for simple integration with network applications and cloud services, PCL and Adobe PostScript 3 support, broad choice of paper trays (with maximum capacity of 6 600 pages), efficient network security for reliable user identification, encryption and data deletion.
Fujifilm has introduced a new portable photoprinter Instax Share SP-1. It allows to use iPhone as once popular Polaroid cameras—to make a shot and print it right away. The printer is compact in size, and its photos are a little bit smaller than that of a Polariod—62 x 46 mm against 78 x 79 mm.
Wi-Fi is used to connect the device. To make everything work, it’s necessary to download Instax Share App on the smartphone or tablet (it is available for iOS and Android). For the convenience of users, there is a button on the printer, which allows to make as many copies of a photo as needed. If desired, it’s possible to add a date and an hour on the printout and even the GPS-coordinates of the place, where it was taken.
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 is operated from a battery, which power capacity is enough to make 100 shots.
According to the manufacturer, this special printer will enter the market in April 2014. Its approximate price is planned to be rather high—about $200 (70 cents per photo).
The year of 2013 has come to an end. It was full of interesting events and pleasant surprises. However, according to specialists, no breakthrough technologies have been invented in the printing industry. Yet the year has its significant achievements: the last years’ technologies are now broadly available for users.
Inkjets became better than lasers. It was not true until this year, and it can be applied both for home and small office devices as well as for heavy-printing workgroups machines (thanks to the HP Officejet Pro X576dw, which print speed is laser-like). For example, in SOHO segment the color inkjet MFPs with scanning and copying capabilities can be found under the price of $100 with the high quality of color printing and reasonable operating cost. At the same time laser devices under this price produce only average-quality monochrome printouts.
This year wireless technologies and NFC were broadly implemented in ordinary machines for home use. Now wireless printing from a mobile, tablet or smartphone is almost an obligatory function in any new model of printer. HP has even launched special devices, designed to provide wireless printing to its former models (HP 1200w Mobile Print accessory).
The most adorable changes have touched the 3D printing segment. 3D printers penetrated many areas of everyday life: from printing food and cake decorations to printing toys and interior décor, and entered the general market with the significantly lower costs. Recently HP has announced of launching new technology based 3D printers in summer 2014, which will be more cost-efficient and speedy. We’ll be waiting for the new year the more delightful news to bring!
Dell C5765dn is an award-winning MFP, which was designed to manage tough workflows and to deal with color and mono printing, scanning and copying in a busy office. But who would buy a machine on that heavy price (MSRP $4,235)? The secret lays in its very low operating cost (1 cent per B/W page and 6.6 cents per color), making the purchase cost-efficient in future.
World-famous Japanese company Brother has launched second generation of portable scanners for on the go and in the office scanning. The three new compact and light devices have broadened the Brother mobile scanners line. DS-820W, DS-720D, DS-620 easily slide into the car glove compartment or in the briefcase, what is very useful in business trips or on meetings out of the office, and are designed for corporate clients.
All the three gadgets are capable of scanning with the high resolution (up to 600 dpi) and speed of 7,5 ppm in monochrome and color modes. The only one USB-cable to charge the scanners’ batteries and to connect to a PC is needed, what makes them easy to use and hold.
Earlier this year HP has launched two new ink-jet models: an OfficeJet Pro 276dw MFP and a 251dw printer. According to the manufacturer, they are produced right for the companies, which need budget-friendly and reliable solutions for wireless and remote printing. Both devices support wireless connection and shared access from PCs, notebooks, tablets and mobile devices even without a network or router – via HP ePrint.
Recently Samsung has launched a new series of color laser printers and MFPs, providing leading-edge technologies into everyday life and broadening printing capabilities. Xpress C410W is a low-end color laser printer for home and small office, which possesses well-known Samsung features as ergonomic, compact and modern design and advanced functionality. Except for the basic characteristics, the model has a range of valuable advantages.