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Canon launches a barrage of new printers

Canon announces a bunch of new printers.

The Canon Pixma MP970 Canon USA

Have you recovered from the onslaught of new Canon cameras yet? Now that you have a shiny new camera, how about picking up a shiny new Canon printer to go with it? Because as many cameras an Canon released this week, they're not losing pace on the printers. The new offerings include three photo-oriented multifunctions, three office-oriented multifunctions, two single-function photo printers, and one portable photo lab. Whew! Ready for the rundown? Here we go...

If you're interested in a photo-oriented printer but still want the flexibility of being able to scan, copy, and fax, check out the following three offerings. All three offer a color graphics LCD for previewing images and a scroll wheel for navigating menus and images.

  • Pixma MP970 ($300): 3.5-inch LCD; auto duplex; seven individual ink tanks; 30ppm black and 21ppm color; 1pL ink droplets.
  • Pixma MP610 ($200): 2.5-inch LCD; auto duplex; 31ppm black and 24ppm color; 1pL ink droplets.
  • Pixma MP520 ($150): 2-inch LCD; four individual ink tanks; 30ppm black and 20ppm color; 2pL ink droplets.
  • Small or home offices have slightly different needs. The following, which all offer fax capability, are geared for those needs.

  • Pixma MX700 ($200): 1.8-inch graphical LCD; auto duplex; four ink tanks; automatic document feeder (ADF); two paper inputs; built-in wired networking; 30ppm black and 20ppm color.
  • Pixma MX310 ($130): 2-line text LCD; built-in ADF; 2 ink tanks; 22ppm black and 17ppm color.
  • Pixma MX300 ($100): 2 ink tanks; 22ppm black and 17ppm color.
  • If a multifunction offers more features than you need, you can still find high-quality single-function printers:

  • Pixma iP4500 ($130): 5 ink tanks; 1pL droplets; auto duplex; two paper inputs; 31ppm black and 24ppm color.
  • Pixma iP3500 ($80): 4 ink tanks; 2pL droplets; two paper trays; 25ppm black and 17ppm color.
  • The Canon mini320 portable snapshot printer. Canon USA

    Finally, the mini320 ($180) is Canon's newest snapshot printer offering. It's capable of printing photos up to 5x7 size. Its 2.5-inch color LCD lets you preview images and the scroll wheel lets you spin through the menu options. A handle makes it easy to carry around, too.

    Check back soon for full reviews of all of these products.