Canon Announces Latest
For those home users that require style and substance, the latest Canon All-in-One compact home printers might be just what you’re looking for. Canon have released four new printers this month, designed to use the latest PGI-580 and CLI-581 range of ink cartridges and are targeting the young, artistic and creative… Just in time for that return to College or University
Canon are also releasing a new two tank printer in the coming months in Pink and Mint Green variants if you really want to jazz up your office!
Style and colour co-ordination are important considerations for many consumers and Canon are leading the way in the printing industry by producing printers in several colourways to match your office or interior design. The new 5 cartridge printers are named Pixma TS6350 and Pixma TS6351 and are coloured Black and White respectively, while the more expensive 6 cartridge printers, Pixma TS8350 and Pixma TS8352, are coloured Black and Red respectively but each feature a stylish Silver/Grey trim around input ports.
Features of the 580 and 581 range
Whilst the PGI-580 and CLI-581 are the latest range of ink cartridges from Canon, they are sold alongside the previous but still very popular PGI-570 and CLI-571 range. Both cartridge ranges feature the same ‘FINE Technology’ and ‘ChromaLife100’ ink system but with one subtle change… Canon’s new 580/581 range has placed the emphasis on colour home printing by introducing a Photo Blue cartridge in place of the usual Grey cartridge.
This change in direction could be a game changer for consumers as they can now produce High Quality colour prints at home. In our experience, we find Cyan is generally regarded as the most used cartridge in colour printing so the new Photo Blue should help provide greater vibrancy in colour prints and a reduction in grain when printing in the blue to white colour range.
As well as being lifestyle themed in design, the 6 cartridge printers also benefit from automatic paper width sensing, optional 5ghz wireless band as well as the standard 2.4Ghz and a large 4.3” touchscreen.
Canon cartridge history
For years, Canon cartridge ranges have featured a Black ‘Pigment’ cartridge for producing sharply defined text, alongside a further standard Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. Canon also produced a few higher end professional printers back in the day which utilised an additional Photo Cyan, Photo Magenta, Red and Green. These were and still are to this day used by professional photographers and cost upwards of £500.
Several years ago, Canon introduced an extra Grey cartridge to some of their home printers to improve the finish and tone of printed photographs. Initially, just a couple of printers in the PGI-520/CLI-521 range took advantage of the extra cartridge before a major shift occurred upon release of the PGI-525/CLI-526 range, with over 40% of the printers capable of using the Grey. This continued with the popular PGI-550/CLI-551 range and the more recent PGI-570/CLI-571 range, both of which are still going strong. With the introduction of a Photo Blue, the sixth cartridge really is Canon’s secret weapon and the key feature that sets the 580 and 581 range apart from their rivals.
Home printing is making a come back
Advancements in printing technology are a welcome sight and lend weight to the argument that home printing is making a comeback. 20 years ago a home printer was an essential tool, which sat nearby the home desktop computer in most houses. In recent years, following the rise of portable technology like tablet computers, E-readers, smartphones and PDF file types, you’d have expected the demand for home printing to fall.
Luckily though, manufacturers like Canon haven’t been sitting on their hands and have continued to strive for innovative new ways to perfect their products, and it’s fair to say the market has noticed. The increase in ‘e-ticket’ services such as sporting, concert and flight tickets has promoted the printer to the forefront of the home office once more.
Environmentally friendly cartridges
Canon also strive to make their cartridges as environmentally friendly as possible. Every Genuine cartridge is 100% recyclable and reusable. They have even set up a Recycling scheme where empty Genuine Canon ink cartridges and toners can be sent back to them directly for reuse and they’re are actively encouraging their customers to do so. Not only does this help customers reduce their personal carbon footprint but it also further enhances Canon’s reputation, it’s win-win.