Canon's latest PIXMA all-in-one printers are aimed at home office users and have some features that will be welcomed by small businesses.
There are five new all-in-ones - MX396, MX456, MX526, MX726 and MX926 - and without going into the details of each we note that they variously include 250-sheet front paper cassettes (less frequent refilling), 30-sheet automatic document feed (ADF) or 35-sheet double-sided ADF (unattended copying, scanning or faxing), double-sided printing (save paper), Wi-Fi, Ethernet (shared printing), support for mobile devices (via apps), Google Cloud Print (remote printing), and improved software (simplified scanning).
Canon has also released optional high-yield XL cartridges for all MX models, reducing the cost per page and reducing the frequency of cartridge changes. The MX726 and MX926 are the first models to accept a new optional XXL pigment black tank, said to be good for as many as 1000 A4 pages.
We can't tell you how much the new PIXMA printers will cost when they go on sale next month, because Canon now leaves pricing to "dealer discretion." And be warned that the MX726 will only be available from Officeworks.
The practice of giving one of the well-known chains exclusive access to certain models is spreading among suppliers of IT and communications equipment, and we're not sure it is in customers' interest. In particular, it lets outlets such as Officeworks escape from their price-matching or price-beating guarantees.