Canon fires into SMB arena

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Canon fires into SMB arena

Digital imaging giant says Multifunctional printer is perfect for small business needs

Digital imaging and technology giant Canon UK has made its entry into the A3 laser cartridge-based market with the launch of the MF7170i.
 
Aimed predominantly at small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the MF7170i has been introduced in direct response to what Canon says are demands for cost-effective, efficient devices for small workgroups. Canon believes that the addition of laser cartridge-based technology to its A3 portfolio highlights its commitment to the market and broadens its range of available business printers and solutions.

According to research firm IDC, in 2005 87% of all documents printed are five pages or less. As such, Canon sees the MF7170i, sister product to the toner based iR2016i, as being compact enough to sit within small workgroups and ideally suited to facilitating small, day-to-day print jobs while increasing productivity by freeing up larger machines to complete more complex or bigger jobs.

Glen Mason, office marketing manager, Canon UK comments, “Following the results of research conducted by IDC, it is apparent that the need for printer/ copiers designed solely for small print jobs is ever increasing.”

The MF7170i is a Multifunctional printer/ copier that can print documents up to A3 size at a speed of 16 ppm. The device is sold as a ‘plug-and-play’ ready unit with 12 months on-site warranty as standard. Its colour scanning facility, i-SEND, allows scan and send functionality in colour, thus improving the quality of scanned documents and saving the additional cost of a colour network scanner. Furthermore, the send function allows scanned documents to be sent directly across a company’s network, to an email address, FTP site or database.


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