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4800 dpi: Canon i550


Canon i550
Print Resolution (up to)600 x 600 dpi in black4800 x 1200 dpi in color
Number of NozzlesBlack: 320Color: 256 x 3 (C,M,Y)
Print SpeedBlack: 18 ppm (approx. 3.3 seconds per page)Color: 11 ppm (approx. 5.5 seconds per page)4" x 6" Borderless Photo: in less than 48 seconds8" x 10" Photo: in less than 90 seconds
Standard InterfaceUSB 2.0 Full Speed and IEEE 1284 parallel port
Paper SizeLetter, legal, A4, 4" x 6", U.S. #10 or European envelopes, banner paper

The i550 has a print quality equal to the S520 and S750, and is as fast as the S750. The advantage of the i550 is that it costs less than the S750. Its low cost per page makes it suitable for high outputs of up to 70 pages per month. This is not the case for the new HP Deskjets, which cannot be recommended for more than 30 to 40 pages per month.

But when all is said and done, in spite of its good speed and the respectable quality of its prints, the i550 could still be relegated to second place by the impressive features of the i850, which is already available in North America and due for release in Europe in early 2003. We'll keep you posted...