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Five Next Generation MAXIFY Wireless Inkjet Printers Announced by Canon
Canon’s MAXIFY wireless inkjet printers are intended to be used in Small Office Home Office (SOHO) setups. While this series of printers has been around for some time now, newer technologies and cost efficiencies mean that it has to be upgraded regularly. This is exactly what has happened here as Canon has introduced five next generation MAXIFY wireless inkjet printers. The new printers that will comprise the MAXIFY range will include the MAXIFY MB2120 and MB2720 all-in-one printers for home offices and the MAXIFY MB5120 and MB5420 all-in-one printers along with the MAXIFY iB4120 printer for small offices.
According to the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), the MAXIFY wireless inkjet printers range has been designed specifically for the needs of various professionals in fields such as food service, retail, healthcare, real estate, construction, accounting, and legal sectors. The new MAXIFY wireless inkjet printers range offers improved functionality from various perspectives such as better speeds, larger LCD screens, cloud printing capabilities, direct Wi-Fi connectivity, and even Management Information Base (MIB) support.
There are many features that highlight the new MAXIFY wireless inkjet printers. One of these is there fast first print times. Each of these printers has a first monochrome print speed of six seconds and first colour print speed of seven seconds from the ready state. Another crucial feature that will benefit offices is these printers’ Dual Resistant High Density (DRHD) individual ink tank system. This system is designed to improve the output quality of charts and graphs.
The cloud printing capabilities of these printers is also quite impressive. They are sourced through the MAXIFY Cloud Link which can be accessed via the MAXIFY Printing Solutions app. The use of MAXIFY Cloud Link makes it possible for mobile and tablet to be connected to the printer. This, in turn, allows prints from other cloud services and social media platforms such as Photobucket, Concur, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft One Drive.
Between the five printers, Canon seems to have considered all types of SOHO users if you consider their features. The MB2000 series is designed for home office users while the MB5000 series is meant for small office users. There are differences in various features of MAXIFY wireless inkjet printers which depict the nature of the intended users. For example, the TFT screen sizes vary from one model to another. The MB2120 has a screen spanning 63.5mm, the MB2720 has a 76mm screen, and the rest have screens measuring 89mm.
The page yields of the MAXIFY wireless inkjet printers, however, vary between the MB2000 and MB5000 series. The MB2000 series will be capable of generating 900 colour prints and 1200 monochrome prints while the MB5000 series along with the iB4120 will be able to produce 1500 colour prints and 2500 monochrome prints. The duty cycle of the MB2000 series printers is rated at 20000 pages per month, while the monthly duty cycle of the MB5000 series printers and the single function printer will be 30000 pages per month.
The paper tray capacities of the MAXIFY wireless inkjet printers are not based on the basis of the split mentioned above. The lower models i.e. MB2120 and MB5120 have a maximum paper capacity of 250 sheets while the higher models and the single function printer have a maximum capacity of 500 sheets each.
Xerox Donnelley Merger: Proposed, Reviewed, & Rejected
A demerger or split is almost inevitable every time a large OEM decides to conduct a “strategic review” of their operations. This was the case with Xerox, whose strategic review resulted in plans for the great Xerox split. Once announced, the Xerox split gave birth to comparisons and fears with the infamous Kodak restructure. However, those died away gradually as more details of the Xerox strategic transformation project came out. Our last post gave out even more details of the Xerox spinoff including the names of the people who will be leading the split entities.
Another thing that happens when a big OEM decides to restructure its operations is that alternate options start cropping up. Most of the time, we reporters and analysers don’t get to know what alternatives the restructuring company has analysed and rejected but this time we do. Xerox has reportedly rejected a merger proposal with RR Donnelley. RR Donnelley as you may or may not know is the world’s largest print group, which is something that must’ve appealed to the top brass at Xerox headquarters. It is also something that ended up promoting the rumour owing to the synergies possible between the two print giants.
Unfortunately, after early stage, although protracted, talks, Xerox decided to reject the proposal that actually came out of the RR Donnelley camp. What was the reason for this rejection? It was the fact that Xerox considered its splitting plans less risky than the proposed Xerox Donnelley merger. The initial news of the Xerox merger with the $11.6 billion-turnover American Print Group was broken by Bloomberg. Bloomberg also said that the merger could be completed before the Xerox split takes place at the end of the year.
RR Donnelley, itself, had a plan to split its operations in place but chose to approach Xerox nonetheless. RR Donnelley’s split will now probably continue on the planned track. It will result in three new companies which will be RR Donnelley & Sons, a $7 billion turnover marketing communications business with multiple channels, LSC Communications, a $3.5 billion turnover print management and supply chain solutions business, Donnelley Financial Solutions, a $1 billion turnover financial communications specialist.
While the initial report from Bloomberg lacked further details, those were provided by a later report in the Wall Street Journal. According to Wall Street Journal, the proposal came from the RR Donnelley camp and involved merging its operations with Xerox’s post-split entity Xerox Corporation. If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know that the Xerox Corporation is going to be a document technology and graphics business.
Furthermore, the merger deal was supposed to be structured as a “Morris Trust”. In the “Morris Trust” setup, the selling company spins off unwanted assets into a new company so as to allow the buyer to buy components that it wants under the parent company. The “Morris Trust” structure is supposed to be tax efficient. It was also supposed to bring Xerox a “slight premium”.