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The Canon iX6550 / iX6540 is the most compact A3+ printer in the PIXMA range. 30 percent smaller than its predecessor, the iX6550 / iX6540 is aimed at advanced home and office users looking for superb quality when producing photos or documents. The Canon iX6550 will be available across Europe from March 2011, and the iX6540 will be available across Middle East and Africa from March 2011.
Canon UK Press Release
Compact, stylish and versatile – Canon launches the new PIXMA iX6550
LONDON, UK, 7 February 2011 – Canon today announced the launch of the most compact A3+ printer in its PIXMA range. With increased speed and advanced software, the affordable PIXMA iX6550 is approximately 30 percent smaller than its predecessor, and features a stylish design requiring minimum desk space.
Replacing the PIXMA iX4000, the PIXMA iX6550 is ideal for advanced home and office users looking for superb quality when producing photos or documents; offering complete functionality for everyday business tasks including printing large spreadsheets, newsletters and schedules.
Advanced print quality
The PIXMA iX6550 includes 5 Single Inks which are individually replaceable to optimise ink usage and features a pigment black ink for crisp, sharp text. The PIXMA iX6550 uses dye inks to produce exceptional quality photos with minimum 1 picolitre ink droplets, and maximum 9,600dpi print resolution. For document printing, the PIXMA iX6550 has impressive ISO ESAT speeds of approximately 11.3ipm in mono, and 8.8ipm in colour. It can produce a photolab-quality 10x15cm borderless photo print in approximately 36 seconds.
Practical solutions and software
Featuring a range of superior software, the PIXMA iX6550 is a versatile and creative option for users looking for advanced functionality. Easy-WebPrint EX plug-in offers smart, yet simple web printing, allowing users to clip, combine and print pages from multiple websites. Users of the PIXMA iX6550 also have access to Solution Templates, allowing small businesses to download and customise general notices, menus and point of sale material. The templates are compatible with Microsoft Word and help create quick and professional looking documents. The enhanced Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX makes printing photos and more creative content easy and has the benefit of direct access to Flickr®.
Canon’s unique Full HD Movie Print enables users to print images by selecting a single frame from a full HD movie captured on select Canon Digital SLR or Canon Digital Still Cameras.
With use of genuine inks the PIXMA iX6550 features ChromaLife 100+ for long lasting beautiful photos and customers can also access CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM to print and use a range of high quality professional content, including exclusive images from recognised artists.
The PIXMA iX6550 is available across Europe from March 2011.
PIXMA iX6550 – key features:
* Ultra compact and stylish A3+ printer ideal for home or small offices
* Photolab-quality prints with minimum 1picolitre ink droplets and up to 9600dpi
* 5 Single Ink Tanks minimise waste and print costs
* Efficient document print speeds – ISO ESAT 11.3ipm for black and 8.8ipm for colour
* Print high quality 10x15cm borderless photos in approximately 36 seconds
* Create professional marketing materials with Solution Templates
* Print quality photos from movies captured with select Canon cameras using Full HD Movie Print
* Efficient web printing with Easy-WebPrint EX
* Access exclusive professional content with CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM
* ChromaLife100+ for long lasting beautiful photos
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