Last year, Canon introduced the Pixma iP6600D, a 9,600x2,400dpi printer with a built-in card reader, a 3.5-inch LCD screen, and a full set of controls right atop the unit. The inclusion of built-in duplex printing hinted that the iP6600D might have a place in some home offices, but its slow, fuzzy text printing made it better suited to photo printing than text-heavy jobs. Now, Canon has followed up the iP6600D with the Pixma iP6700D. While nearly identical to its predecessor, Canon says that the iP6700D has an updated print engine and enhanced direct printing. Will that be enough to break this printer's SOHO barrier? Let's find out.
Weighing 16.5 pounds and measuring 16.9 by 7.2 by 12 inches, the Canon Pixma iP6700D is not compact. With the front paper tray extended, you can add about another 8 inches to its depth. Still, it's a good-looking design with smooth curves and a full set of controls on a top panel that, when used with the built-in card reader that's hidden behind a panel on the front panel's right side, lets you print photos from a memory card without a computer. Below the card reader is an IrDA sensor for printing photos from a cell phone or other IrDA-compatible device, and a USB port for Pictbridge direct printing as well as printing from a USB flash-memory device.
Like other Pixmas, the iP6700D includes two paper sources: one flip-up autofeeder tray on the top back, and one cassette that slides into the bottom of the printer. Each of the paper sources can hold as much as 150 sheets of paper. Since you can set the printer to automatically switch between the two sources, you can execute print jobs as large as 300 pages without reloading. Of course, the dual sources also let you keep one special paper type, such as photo paper, in the cassette, while loading plain paper as needed in the autofeeder.