12 April 2012

Huge Enough For Heavy Printing

The Pixma MG8270 multifunction printer from Canon is one of the largest MFPs I have seen so far. But this 470 x 396 x 199mm, 10.7kg office productivity tool is not the hulking and ungainly giant its size and mass would have you picture it at first glance.
The Pixma MG8270 comes with the Intelligent Touch System, which Canon claims is its reimagining of how a printer should be operated. As such, this particular Pixma all-in-one device comes with a control panel with backlit buttons.

More importantly, however, the control panel makes operating the MG8270 an idiot-proof affair, with the system designed to illuminate only the buttons that the user needs for a particular operation. Hence, only the required buttons for printing, or scanning, or copying are lighted, making menu-navigation an easy task.
A 3.5-inch LCD adds more convenience to the already simplified operation by displaying printing options for digital images and HD movie stills and other information and tips.
While designed to satisfy every printing/copying/scanning whim of digital photographers, the MG8270 apparently does not take film photography for granted. This AIO printer can accurately scan 35mm films at up to 4800 x 9600dpi. In fact, Canon claims its Pixma printer can scan up to six frames of 35mm positive or negative film, or four 35mm mounted slides, simultaneously.
The MG8270’s ability to print pictures from online albums, such as those stored on Google’s Picasa online photo sharing site is one noteworthy feature.
Meanwhile, this AIO device from Canon comes with a wide range of wireless link support.
Compliant with the TCP/IP standard, the MG8270 provides support for wireless WAN b/g/n connectivity. For network security, it adheres to WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK standards.
It works with Windows XP, Vista, and 7. It also supports the Macintosh OS X. Canon claims its AIO device can print a 4 x 6-inch borderless color photo in 20 seconds. Results of tests we conducted did not stray too far from those figures.
Designed to handle paper of varying sizes, including A4, A5, B5, LTR, LGL, 4 x 6in, 5 x 7in, 8 x 10in, and envelopes of several variations, the MG8270 performed with ease (and aplomb) the printing tasks we threw at it.
While its scanning and copying outputs would not beat those of dedicated scanners and copiers, they would certainly hold their own. The MG8270’s larger-than-usual dimensions are more than justified by the quality of its performance, and how fast it finishes its tasks.
Small and medium-sized companies looking for a dependable and capable multifunction printer can find what they are looking for with the Canon Pixma MG8270.




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