First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Canon Pixma iP6600D
A 3.5 inch colour LCD dominates the top of the Canon Pixma iP6600D. The display, the largest we've seen on an inkjet printer, flips upward, making it easy to preview images and navigate the menus, including options for touching up photos. A door on the front of the printer conceals two media card slots that are capable of reading the most common formats, but you'll need an optional adapter to use other ones (Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, miniSD Card and xD-Picture card).
- Great LCD Display, 150 sheets holder, Running Costs, Ink LED warning
- Adapter needed for most media cards, Quite slow print speeds
The iP6600D is particularly suited to printing photos directly from a digital camera or media card, and two paper trays and a duplexer add to its versatility. It's going to cost you, but the respectable running costs make it a good investment if you want quality photos.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
Transferring images from media cards to your PC is relatively fast, thanks to the USB 2.0 connection between the printer and your PC. A Direct Print port lets you work straight from a PictBridge-compatible digicam via a USB cable. Unlike competing models from Epson and HP, though, the Pixma iP6600D can't print images from USB flash drives plugged into its Direct Print port. It does have a built-in IrDA (infrared data port) interface that lets you print from camera phones and PDAs with infrared transmitters, and an optional Bluetooth adapter is available.
The iP6600D can hold sheets of different sizes, and lots of them. A drawer in its base takes up to 150 sheets of letter-size paper, sticking out of the front to do so. When holding 4x6 inch or 5x7 inch paper, the drawer remains flush with the front panel. The upright sheet feeder at the back of the printer can hold an additional 150 sheets, and accommodates paper up to legal size. The iP6600D comes with a built-in duplexer for making double-sided prints and before printing on the second side it waits a few seconds so the ink on the first side can dry.
Each of the printer's six ink cartridges has a red LED that flashes slowly when the ink is running low, and then more quickly as the cartridge nears emptiness. This handy feature makes it obvious which cartridge needs to be changed. We were also impressed by the running costs. It's not the cheapest, but very good considering the quality of the output.
Photos looked bold, with plenty of contrast and fine detail, although skin tones looked more bronze than we would have liked. Greyscale images looked very attractive overall, although they had a slight magenta cast and highlights lacked some detail. The iP6600D printed text at 3.2ppm (pages per minute) and graphics at 1.5ppm, so it's not going to win any races.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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