Canon Color ImageClass Laser MFPs Launch

A feature called Department ID Management allows central device managers to limit or even prohibit access to certain features, such as color printing.

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Digital imaging solutions specialist Canon USA announced two color imageClass multifunction printers (MFPs) targeted at small to medium businesses and workgroups.

The MF820Cdn and the imageClass MF810Cdn offer a color touch, color profile V2 technology for more impactful color prints and a triple-cassette option to help maximize workflow functionality.

The 3.5-inch display offers the ability to flick between screens to improve user productivity as well as the ability to create customizable buttons for commonly used features to help increase efficiency.

"The thought and development on these machines was driven by what we've been hearing from our partners," Kevin Price, marketing and product planning supervisor, business imaging solutions group with Canon U.S.A, told eWeek. "Customers are clamoring for do-everything, high-performance color multifunction printers that are easy to maintain, easy to use and reliable."

A feature called Secure Print allows users to submit a PIN code when they send the print job from their computer, so the job will not be released until the same code is entered onto the printer.

Another feature called Department ID Management empowers central device managers to limit or even prohibit access to certain features, such as color printing.

The machines can be maintained through a device web portal called the Remote User Interface, allowing device administrators to view or modify various settings, pull job logs to study user behavior and check consumable status for replacement, among other tasks.

While the machines ship standard with a 550-sheet cassette and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray, both MF820Cdn and MF810Cdn machines can be accessorized with a triple-cassette option to support up to a 2,300 sheet capacity total, exceeding previous imageClass capabilities.

Also new to the line are an Encrypted Send Security Kit option to help maintain data confidentiality during network transmission, and a Barcode Printing option, which enables a user to print select bar codes in a readable format.

Both machines offer the ability to deliver a scanned document or incoming fax directly to an email address or shared folder in color or black-and-white.

In addition, both models feature the Canon Mobile Printing app, which enables users in homes and offices of all sizes to send print jobs directly from compatible Android tablets and smartphones to their Canon output device, and the ability for Apple users to send their print jobs to their Canon device from their compatible iPhone and iPad.

Also supported is Mopria Print Service, a solution for users to print documents, emails, web pages and photos from compatible Android KitKat 4.4 smartphones and tablets.

Lastly, the Canon Mobile Scanning for Business app offers enhanced productivity for iOS and Android users, as it enables an iOS business user to scan items into their compatible iPhone or iPad device, and an Android business user to scan items into their compatible Android smartphone or tablet before they travel or attend an offsite meeting, so that they have their documents handy.

"Say you're running out to a client and need them to sign a contract, which you forgot to print before leaving your office. You've powered down your PC and are already running late to your appointment," Price explained. "Connecting to your printer from your mobile can be a lifesaver. Printing to and scanning from tablets and smartphones is so easy these days - a quick download, sometimes less - most of the battle is just educating people it is something that exists today."