The latest round in Canon's ceaseless and remorseless product release strategy sees a new digital camera with incredible zoom capabilities and three minimalist styled laser pr
Switching across to the laser printers, we see three new models. The LBP5200 (below) and two entry level models: the LBP3000 and LBP2900.
As always, let’s begin at the top. The LBP5200 is Canon’s latest colour laser printer which it claims starts up in a very precise 17.6 seconds (for black and white).
Professional quality prints are the order of the day here courtesy of a super high resolution of up to 9600 x 600 dpi equivalent, while the optional cassette holds up to 250 pages.
The incredibly minimalist appearance of the LBP5200 is because every aspect of the printer is controlled through a graphical interface on the PC. Besides the power button, there is nothing to press and no “confusing display” (a strange choice of phrase).
Print speeds are assisted via a USB2.0 compatible connection (which, strangely, is still not always a default with printers and scanners) and consequently Canon claims you’ll see 19 black and white pages appear every minute. Colour output is quoted as a much slower four pages per minute (ppm), but – for once – this sounds realistic, unlike the notorious boasts we’ve seen from some manufacturers in recent months. First print out time (FPOT) for black and white is a claimed 17.6 seconds (yes, really) and 26.8 for colour.
RRP for the LBP5200 is set at £239 including VAT, which can start churning out your print loads from May.
Next, are the LBP2900 and LBP3000, which look identical apart from the badge on the front (as you might just be able to make out, it is the LBP3000 pictured above). These entry level mono laser printers have a default 600 x 600 dpi resolution, which Canon boasts it can increase to a 2400 x 600 dpi equivalent via the printers Automatic Image Refinement technology.
Print speeds for the LBP3000 and LBP2900 are quoted as 14ppm and 12ppm respectively and their USB2.0 connections mean a very shot FPOT of 9.3 seconds, while their paper cassettes both hold 150 pages
Like the LBP5200, external buttons and switches are kept to a minimum with all controls handled via software. Further simplifying things, the drum and toner which are included in one unit, which should make printer upkeep more straightforward and eliminate mess.
The LBP3000 and LBP2900 wander into shops and online stores from May with not altogether unreasonable RRPs of £119 and £99 (including VAT) respectively.
Phew, that’s the latest Canon splurge over for another few weeks!