Canon's new low-end PIXMA MX496 connects to iPhones, iPads and Android devices

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Canon's new low-end PIXMA MX496 connects to iPhones, iPads and Android devices

Canon's new PIXMA MX496 multifunction device (MFD) offers plenty of connectivity options in a compact package.

The PIXMA MX496 is a combination A4 printer, scanner, copier and fax machine with a a20-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) plus USB and Wi-Fi interfaces.

The company draws attention to the affordability of the MX496, but did not disclose its price in the announcement.

In addition to the basic functions, it handles printing from iPhones and iPads via AirPrint, and from Android devices and others via Google Cloud Print. The PIXMA MX496 also works with the PIXMA Printing Solutions app for wireless printing and scanning from iOS and Android devices. Support for Access Point Mode allows devices to connect directly to the PIXMA MX496 rather than via the office or home network or the Internet.

Various cloud services including Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Flickr, OneDrive, Picassa Web Albums and Twitter are also supported by this MFD via Canon PIXMA Cloud Link. This allows images to be scanned and sent directly to the cloud without involving a computer or other device.

Computers haven't been overlooked, as the package includes a collection of printing software.

Canon claims a print speed of around 4 images per minute in colour, an a scanning speed of 2.7 images per minute when using the ADF.

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