A new trio wage a highly convincing price war.
Once again it’s that time of the week I like to call ‘My Comeuppance’. Writing about all the latest consumer gadgets and getting flown around the globe to play with them isn’t the worst job in the world but then I remember: I need to do stories on printers too…
This week my nemeses materialise as a trio of grey breadbin-esque Pixmas from Canon. They rush towards me with open arms and – much as I’d like to side-step and watch them fly past into a pond so I can cover an MP3 player/TV/digicam/ thin and light laptop/”anything else” – we embrace.
Leading this one-sided love fest is the flagship iP6700D, a photo specialist which uses a new six colour ink system the company calls ‘ChronaLife100’ to produce high quality, hard wearing prints it claims will last up to 100 years. A 3.5in colour LCD also enables users to view and edit snaps directly while a print resolution of up to 9600 x 2400 should mean you can see every hair from inside granny’s nose on her special day.
Borderless 6 x 4in photos print in just 47 seconds while 8 x 10 inchers churn out in a highly respectable 76 seconds. That said, given printer manufacturers’ ppm reputations are about as reliable as the Ministry of Sound’s quality control team it’s probably wise to take them with a handful of salt. Still with an RRP of just $199 and immediate availability the iP6700D is probably a better bet than anything from the world’s most overrated nightclub.
Hopping a few of steps further down the ladder we have the iP6310D (middle, left) and iP700 (yep… middle right). Again a couple of photo experts, the pair produce prints with resolutions of up to 4800 x 1200 but achieve it differently with the former using similar six ink techo wizardry as the iP6700D and the latter dropping down into four ink territory.
Neither sport a colour LCD, though the iP6310D does have a monochrome status panel and packs Bluetooth. It also swallows SD memory cards and Sony’s messily titled mob. The iP6310D is quick out the blocks with a 60 second 4 x 6in borderless photo print time while the iP700 is a pack horse managing 4 x 6in borderless photos in 55 seconds and churning out up to 22 black and white pages per minute.
With the iP6310D costing just $99.99 and the iP700 a veritable snip at $49.99 even Charlie Bucket could pick up one of these without too much financial strain. As for me, I’m just happy to get to the end of another printer story with no bruises on my forehead and a limited number of slash marks on my wrist.