Busi­ness inkjet gets bet­ter

Canon MAXIFY MB5470

HWM (Malaysia) - - ANALYSIS - by Ng Chong Seng

con­cLu­sIon a con­ve­nient 4-in-1 color inkjet printer with a use­ful two-sided, sin­gle-pass scan­ner.

The MB5470 is an op­ti­miza­tion up­date to 2015’s flag­ship, the MB5370. For ex­am­ple, the MB5470’s ISO print speeds of 24ipm for mono and 15.5ipm for color aren’t huge jumps com­pared to the MB5370’s 23ipm and 15ipm. In fact, the speed gains are achieved more through refin­ing its pre­de­ces­sor’s al­ready ex­cel­lent print en­gine, with tweaks like a wider print­head and fur­ther short­en­ing of pa­per pickup time.

Like­wise, the MB5470 is still a 4-in-1 de­vice, with print, scan, copy, and fax func­tions, with sup­port for wired and wire­less LAN. Other niceties like two high­ca­pac­ity pa­per cas­settes (for up to 500 sheets); a 50-sheet, true du­plex­ing ADF with twin sen­sors for two-sided scan­ning in a sin­gle pass; high-den­sity pig­ment ink set for wa­ter and high­lig hter­re­sis­tant prints; aU SB-A port for con­nect­ing to USB flash de­vices; and sup­port for mo­bile and cloud print­ing are all still avail­able on the MB5470.

But Canon did find av­enues to im­prove the user ex­pe­ri­ence. The touch­screen LCD is now big­ger (3.5-inch vs. 3-inch), scan and copy speeds are slightly faster, and it’s now pos­si­ble to scan both sides of an ID card and have them printed on a sin­gle page in their orig­i­nal size.

Sup­port for SNMP (Sim­ple Net­work Man­age­ment Pro­to­col) on top of reg­u­lar TCP/IP is also new. This en­ables multi-de­vice man­age­ment and mon­i­tor­ing via pop­u­lar fleet man­age­ment tools, such as Canon’s own im­ageWARE En­ter­prise Man­age­ment Con­sole and Prin­tFleet. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Scan to Email func­tion sup­ports Canon’s own cloud ser­vice, and adds an­other layer of se­cu­rity by en­abling com­pat­i­bil­ity with en­ter­prise mail servers.

Out­put qual­ity from the MB5470 is ex­pect­edly very sim­i­lar to what I’ve ob­served with the MB5370. Text re­mains sharp even at 6 points for most of my test fonts; and while print dots are still vis­i­ble on graph­ics on plain pa­per, over­all qual­ity is good enough for most busi­ness doc­u­ments. And while photo qual­ity isn’t spec­tac­u­lar, it’s no worse than most lab prints and much bet­ter than what a typ­i­cal laser printer can muster.

If you want the very best from Canon, this is it. But if the new ad­di­tions don’t ap­peal to you, you can con­sider the older MB5370 if you find one on the cheap.

the printer is equipped with two high-ca­pac­ity pa­per cas­settes for up to 500 sheets.

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