Hot damn, Canon is blazing trail with this new hot multifunction color laser printer. Yes you read it right, this Canon i-SENSYS MF8050Cn is a multifunction color laser printer. Multifunction features are no longer exclusive to Canon Inkjet printing. The new models are coming with built-in Fax and Phone Features and now Canon is introduces its latest i-SENSYS MF8050Cn color laser, they slapped on a flatbed scanner on it! Their idea of putting a flatbed scanner to a color laser printer certainly smacks of brilliancy. Scanning is a great feature that office and small organizations will appreciate. It is a given fact that laser printers are the de-facto workhorse for corporate printing. It is just more cost-effective and the ever-decreasing price of color laser printers and toners is a boon to small businesses or small workgroups in big corporations. They can now print all imaginable color documents without hiring a printing service bureau anymore.
It is just another step in the evolution that color printers should also go multifunction to offer better value for money and manufacturers like Canon, Epson and HP are heeding the call for multifunction color laser printers. Canon is leading the pack and it is proving to be seriously listening to customer wish list of features.
We all find it annoying that we still had to buy a separate multifunction inkjet printer or a separate scanner to scan and digitize images and documents. Canon realized this and has properly addressed this deficiency with the introduction of Canon i-SENSYS MF8050Cn. They added an almost full-A4 size flatbed scanner which is a good ‘come-on’ for small offices and organizations to upgrade to this new model. Furthermore, Canon also added Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) feature to this model which adds more value for money.
Since it is only recently released (first week of January is the release date in UK and other countries in Europe), the price of Canon i-SENSYS MF8050Cn is quite high, prices range from £329.59 ($539.512) to as high as £347.87 ($569.471), depending on the dealer, freebies and shipping fees. But I must say that it is definitely worth the money for any corporate purchasers. It is available for purchase now from British, Australian and New Zealand Online retailers. The American and Asian market has to wait. Canon seems to favor releasing their new printer models to European markets as a test-bed for product pricing. Europeans aren’t so fussy about price; they appreciate good features and product quality. If you’re short on cash, try looking into a cheap color laser printer that went on sale during the first quarter of 2009, the Kyocera Ecopro C170N 17ppm Color Laser Printer. This model is a better alternative if you’re just a regular user.
by: Almario Alcaraz, Jr. via email