Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE 500i
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A professional mono MFD that delivers blisteringly fast 50ppm printing and scanning, the 500i also loads up with capacious paper handling of up to 2,300 sheets, copying, and Send and Universal Send. Networking is very smooth.
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The mono 500i leads out with its printing, delivering a very impressive 50 pages per minute of the sharpest black text. 1200dpi output allows for the very finest in quality, while the optional stapler can quickly craft brochures and leaflets. This device is fully multifunctional, though, and the scanning feature can also generate 50 images per minute, while using its 600dpi maximum resolution for the very best reproduction. Send and the optional Universal Send make it easy to send out documents, even stretching to flexible formats like Adobe Reader Extensions PDF. Vast paper handling can get up to 2,300 sheets, and 1.5GB and a 160GB hard drive are included. Extensive security is supplied, along with fast Gigabit ethernet support.
The 500i starts out as a rather fine printer, using its Laser Beam engine to craft fast and sleek output. It can manage some very impressive performance, getting up to a maximum speed of 50 pages per minute in A4. The 1200x1200dpi resolution makes for the silkiest of letters, while lines and diagrams are given body and clarity. You can also add an optional stapler, giving you the opportunity to staple as many as 20 sets at a time, turning out immaculate leaflets and brochures.
The Advance 500i is about far more than mere printing, though, and can cater for versatile multifunctionality with every step. The scanning feature is particularly strong, generating as many as 50 images per minute. The resolution can be pushed up to 600dpi for subject material that demands the highest colour fidelity and greatest attention to detail, and you can scan to USB keys or directly to mobiles and Cloud services. Send can package scans off to email and FTP, and you can upgrade to Universal Send for advanced features that include flexible formats like Adobe Reader Extensions PDF and encryption.
Superb Paper Handling
The iR500i potentially has some very impressive paper handling. Out of the box, it can already hold up to 650 sheets, combining the main 550-sheet cassette with a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray. However, this can be increased to a more capacious 2,300 sheets with the addition of up to three 550-sheet cassettes. MFDs need vast memory if they’re to handle significant quantities of large files, and the 500i is incredibly well specified here, coming with a very impressive 1.5GB. In addition, a 160GB hard drive is built in.
Networking and Security
A gigabit ethernet interface is built in as standard, giving this model the very fastest and most complete access to office networks across the globe. Compatibility with PCL5e/6, Adobe PS3 and Canon's own UFRII is provided. The brilliant security features include address filtering, a Secure Print function (insisting that users type in a code before the print can be initiated) and data erasure. Even more sophisticated measures, such as watermarks or hard drive encryption, can be added. Where companies feel Canon have left out a useful feature, the MEAP interface allows the programming of new functions. The iW Management Console lets managers monitor and control the entire fleet of models from one screen, making changes remotely where needed. The sophisticated eMaintenance lets them examine costs, breaking the bills down in terms of whole departments or single individuals - where a group or individual are spending too much, their habits can be quietly changed, perhaps pushing them to use more double-sided printing, for instance.
For high quality mono output, the 500i produces superb results - and in lightning fast time. The potential paper handling is impressive, and its assured send, networking and security options make for a powerful addition to offices seeking productivity.
- Core Functions - Print/ Copy/ Scan/ Optional Fax
- Reader/Document Feeder - Standard duplex (reversing) 100 sheets
- Scan Speed (A4) - 50 ipm (simplex), 32 ipm (duplex)
- Print/ Copy Speed - 40 ppm
- Warm-up Time - 34 seconds (regular), 10 seconds (quick start)
- First Copy Out Time - 5 seconds
- User Interface - 17.8cm TFT WVGA LCD Touch Panel
- Paper Capacity - 650 sheets (std), 2,300 sheets (max)
- Paper Size - A4
- Processor - 1.66 Ghz
- Memory/ HDD - 1.5 GB Memory/ 160 GB Hard Disk Drive
- Power Consumption - 1 Watt or less (sleep), 1.6Kw (max)
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