Canon Enhances Next-Generation imageCLASS MFPs with Wi-Fi Direct, Scan to Cloud, NFC, Touch Screens

Canon Color imageCLASS MF729cdw

Canon Color imageCLASS MF729cdw

Canon U.S.A. is updating its imageCLASS MFP family with four new color imageCLASS MFPs and one black-and-one white imageCLASS MFP, all of which provide enhanced wireless connectivity, as well as mobile and cloud connectivity, and are for small and home offices. The new Color imageCLASS MF729Cdw/MF726Cdw (MF700 series) and MF628Cw/MF624Cw (MF600 series) MFPs replace the discontinued Color imageCLASS MF8580Cdw/MF8280Cw MFPs, while doubling the available color imageCLASS product line-up, with 10 color imageCLASS models now available. All five of the new MFPs are desktop A4 models (print and scan on up to 8.5″x14″).

For the first time, with the MF700 and MF600 Series, Canon imageCLASS printers now provide a wireless direct-connection mode that allows a user to connect their mobile device directly to the printer without the need for a Wi-Fi router or pre-existing Wi-Fi network. The MF700 and MF600 Series are also the first imageCLASS models to add scanning to cloud-based document-storing and-sharing Web sites, which is accessed via a new bundled scanning software application from Canon called MF Scan Utility, which is used for sending scanned documents directly to Dropbox and Evernote.

All four color models support the recently announced Canon PRINT Business application, available at the Apple App Store and Google Play, while the MF729Cdw and MF726Cdw MFPs add enhanced support for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology built into Canon PRINT Business, which allows a user to print a document by touching an NFC-supported Android phone or tablet to the printer. (For more on NFC, see our story, What is NFC Touch-to-Print and Why It’s a Big Deal for Mobile Printing.)

All five new MFPs support Apple AirPrint wireless printing from Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices.

Color imageCLASS MF700 Series

The Color imageCLASS MF729Cdw  ($599 minimally advertised price [MAP]) and MF726Cdw ($549 MAP) four-in-one MFPs with wireless connectivity feature a 3.5-inch LCD color touch screen display that may be customized for individual workflows. Canon rates both MFPs at up to 21 ppm in black and color modes, and they provide scan, copy and fax, as well as two-sided document imaging for print, scan, copy, and fax. There’s a a 50-sheet duplexing automatic document feeder, 250-sheet paper cassette, and 50-sheet multipurpose paper tray. Users can scan files directly to an email address or shared network folder, as well as use a secure print mode that requires password entry to release the job at the touch screen for printing. Users may also print via the Mopria Print Service or Google Cloud Print from mobile devices. There’s also a USB port for scanning and printing JPEGs and TIFFs to and from a USB memory drive.

The MF729dw adds PCL 6/5c and PostScript 3 emulation print drivers.

The new additions bring Canon’s current color imageCLASS MFP line to 10 models.

For more information and complete specifications on the imageCLASS MF729Cdw, visit Canon here; and here for the MF726Cdw.

Color imageCLASS MF600 Series

The Color imageCLASS  ($399 MAP) and MF624Cw ($349 MAP) four-in-one MFPs with wireless connectivity also feature a 3.5-inch LCD color touch screen that may be customized for individual workflows.  Canon rates print speed at up to 14 ppm in both black and color, and there’s scan, copy, and fax. The MFPs are equipped with a 50-sheet automatic document feeder, 250-sheet paper cassette, and 50-sheet multipurpose paper tray. Users can scan files directly to an email address and shared network folders, and print via the Mopria Print Service or Google Cloud Print. There’s also a USB port for scanning and printing JPEGs and TIFFs to and from a USB memory drive.

For more information and complete specifications on the imageCLASS MF628Cw, visit Canon here; and here for the MF624Cw.

The new imageCLASS MF217w MFP brings the current number of black-and-white imageCLASS MFPs to 21 models.

The MF726Cdw, MF628Cw and MF624Cw models will be available through select retailers, e-tailers, resellers, direct marketers, and Canon Direct.

imageCLASS MF217w

The black-and-white imageCLASS MF217w ($209 MAP) provides wireless connectivity, First Page Out Time (FPOT) of six seconds, customizable six-line touch-panel LCD screen, and print, scan, copy, and fa. Canon rates print speed at up to 24 ppm, and there’s a 250-sheet front-loading paper cassette, plus a single-sheet multipurpose paper tray, as well as support for the Mopria Print Service and the Canon PRINT Business application.

The MF217w will be sold exclusively through Staples and Canon Direct. For more information and complete specifications, visit Canon here.

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