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Canon PIXMA MP560

Wireless networking multi-function printer/scanner/copier

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by Dave Bar
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Use Canon's versatile PIXMA MP560 to print colorful, long-lasting photos and crisp text documents from anywhere in your home or office. This versatile all-in-one printer features built-in Wi-Fi®, so multiple users on a wireless PC network can enjoy easy access. You can also hook it up to your wired network via the Ethernet port. And it's more than just a printer — the MP560 makes quick work of all your scanning and copying tasks, too.

Easy image transfer
Printing your photos is a snap. You can connect most newer digital cameras directly to the MP560's front-panel USB port. Or, just pop your camera's memory card into its built-in card reader. Select the photos you'd like to print with the help of the printer's 2" color LCD viewscreen. You'll get vivid 4" x 6" borderless photos in as little as 39 seconds. Or delight your friends and family with beautifully detailed 8-1/2" x 11" prints created just for them. You can also hook the MP560 up to any computer with a USB port for printing pictures and text documents.

Convenient, economical printing
The MP560's built-in auto duplex printing lets you produce two-sided documents hands-free — you'll save paper and money at the same time. Five individual ink tanks let you replace just the color you're low on, instead of replacing your entire ink cartridge. And you get two different paper trays — one for regular paper, and one for photo paper. That way, you don't have to swap out your paper when you switch from text to photo printing.

High-quality scanning and copying
This printer boasts a very capable built-in flatbed scanner, as well. You get high-resolution color scans of photos and graphics, along with clean, detailed scans of text documents. It's a great copier, too. Reproductions are sharp and accurate, and you have options such as Fit-to-Page, magnification, reduction, and more.

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Highlights:

    Printer:
    • print resolution: 600 x 600 dpi black; 9600 x 2400 dpi color
    • print speed:
      • text documents: 9.2 images per minute in black; 6 images per minute color (measured using international printing standards)
      • photos: 4" x 6" prints in approximately 39 seconds
    Scanner:
    • optical resolution: 2400 x 4800 dpi (19,200 x 19,200 dpi interpolated)
    • color depth: 48-bit internal; 24-bit external
    • maximum document size: 8-1/2" x 11-11/16"
    Copier:
    • automatic ratios (fit-to-page): automatic reduction or enlargement of the image to fit the size of paper
    • reduction/enlargement: 25-400%
    General Features:
    • wireless printing through a Wi-Fi® computer network (includes support for IEEE 802.11b and g standards)
    • Ethernet port for connecting multiple users in a wired computer network
    • wireless Bluetooth® printing with optional Canon BU-30 adapter
    • Easy-Scroll Wheel for simplified operation
    • 2" color LCD screen for previewing photos
    • Quick Start function
    • built-in card reader accepts most types of memory cards
    • direct photo printing with most newer digital cameras
    • automatic two-sided printing for saving paper
    • dual paper trays
    • 5-ink system with individually replaceable ink tanks
    • Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) 2,368-nozzle print head
    • 1-picoliter sized ink droplets for extra-fine detail
    • ChromaLife 100+ inks for long-lasting photos
    • paper sizes: letter (8-1/2" x 11"), legal, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x10", #10 envelope, photo stickers
    • high-speed USB interface
    • Energy Star qualified
    • 17-13/16"W x 6-1/4"H x 14-3/8"D
    • weight: 17.8 lbs.
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Supplied Accessories:
    • 5 ink tanks (2 black; 1 each cyan, magenta, yellow)
    • AC power cord
    • photo paper sample paper pack
    • software CD-ROM (Windows® and Mac®)

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    • PIXMA MP560 All-In-One Photo Printer
    • 6' AC power cord
    • PGI-220BK Black ink tank
    • CLI-221BK Black ink tank
    • CLI-221Y Yellow ink tank
    • CLI-221M Magenta ink tank
    • CLI-221C Cyan ink tank
    • Getting Started booklet
    • PIXMA MP560 Setup CD-ROM Ver.U1.0
    • Warranty sheet
    • Network Setup Troubleshooting booklet
    • Important Notice (Eng/Fre/Span/Port)
    • Safety Precautions booklet
    • Canon eStore brochure
    • PP-201 Photo Paper Plus Glossy II sample pack
    • Graphic instruction sheet on inserting ink cartridges and print head (2)
    • "Proper handling of the print head and ink tanks" sheet
    • Important Notice on loading paper

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    Overview
    Printer Features
    Scanner Features
    Copier Features
    Included Software
    Inputs and Outputs
    Dimensions

    Overview

    Product Overview: The Canon MP560 is an all-in-one machine for your home office that allows you to quickly print high quality photos and text, copy important documents, and scan photos or forms. You can print directly from memory cards, PictBridge-equipped digital cameras, and Bluetooth-equipped camera phones (with optional adapter). In addition, you can print wirelessly from anywhere in your home via WiFi (with a working Ethernet network with wireless 802.11b/g capability).

    ChromaLife 100+: This system combines enhanced FINE print head technology (see below) with select genuine Canon photo papers and inks for beautiful photos that will last up to 300 years when stored in an archival-quality photo album.

    Printer Features

    Wireless Printing: The Canon MP560 can print wirelessly from any Wi-Fi enabled computer, even from another room. Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g capability. In addition, with the optional BU-30 Bluetooth interface, you can print from a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a computer or mobile phone.

    Resolution: Canon's Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) uses a 2,368 precision nozzle print head that ejects precise, consistent droplets as small as 1 picoliter. The print head has 320 nozzles for pigment black, 256 nozzles each for yellow and dye black, and 768 each for cyan and magenta. The MP560 produces an amazing resolution of up to 9600 x 2400 dpi for color and 600 x 600 dpi for black, for remarkable detail and clarity. The printer uses the following ink cartridges:

    • PG-220BK Black pigment
    • CLI-221Y Yellow
    • CLI-221C Cyan
    • CLI-221M Magenta
    • CLI-221BK Black dye

    Print Sizes: The MP560 can make various sizes of bordered or borderless photos. It can print using the following paper sizes: Letter, Legal, 4"x 6", 5"x 7", 8"x 10" and #10 envelopes. Paper options include plain paper, plus multiple types of photo paper, cards, and photo stickers.

    Dual Paper Sources: You can load paper from the front cassette or rear tray, allowing you to load different types of paper (photo paper and plain paper) at the same time.

    Auto Duplex Printing: The MP560 features can print 2-sided documents without having to manually flip the paper over.

    Print Speeds: The printer has the following print speeds:

    • Black Text: up to 9.2 ipm (letter sized images-per-minute)
    • Color Text: up to 6.0 ipm
    • 4" x 6" Borderless Photo: approximately 39 seconds
    • 8" x 10" Image: approximately 85 seconds

    USB and PictBridge Ports: The printer has a USB 2.0 High Speed (female Type B connector) interface for connecting the printer to your computer. There is also an easily accessible USB Type A port on the front panel for direct printing from your PictBridge-compatible digital camera or USB memory device.

    Memory Card Slots: There are three memory card slots behind a door on the front panel for inserting memory cards from your digital camera or mobile phone. Compatible memory cards include:

    • Direct Plug-in:
      • CompactFlash (Type I and II)
      • Microdrive
      • SD Memory Card, SDHC
      • MultiMediaCard, MMC+
      • Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo
    • Adapter Required:
      • miniSD, miniSDHC
      • microSD, microSDHC
      • RS-MMC
      • Memory Stick Micro
      • xD-Picture Card (including Types M and H)

    Operation Panel: The MP560 has a convenient operation panel on the top front of the printer. You can check the status of the unit on the 2.0" LCD screen.

    Auto Photo Fix II: The Auto Photo Fix II software, built right into the printer, automatically categorizes your images into one of five types: Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Snapshot with Scenery, and Snapshot with Night Scenery. The printer then applies optimal image and multi-zone exposure correction, so unexposed areas of the photo will be optimized, area by area. Faces that are backlit and underexposed are automatically brightened with the correct color cast to ensure more accurate skin tones.

    Scanner Features

    Overview: The MP560 allows you to produce impressive 2400 x 4800 dpi scans with vibrant 48-bit color depth of photographs and documents to a computer. The images can be saved as JPEG, TIFF, bitmap, or PDF files. Scanned data on your computer can be processed using image processing software. You can copy/scan thick originals without a problem. You can also use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to convert scanned paper documents to text data. The maximum size paper that can be scanned is 8.5" x 11.7".

    Auto Scan Mode: The Auto Scan mode automatically recognizes the type of original you are scanning, and saves it with the appropriate settings.

    Optical Resolution: 2400 x 4800 dpi (19,200 x 19,200 dpi interpolated)

    Copier Features

    Overview: The MP560 is also a copy machine, allowing you to make color or black and white copies. You can make up to 99 copies of an original.

    Smart Copying: Dual Color Gamut Processing Technology (DCGPT) automatically optimizes copy quality based on the type of originals you are copying.

    Copy Settings: You can change the copy settings such as the reduction/enlargement, intensity, page size, and image quality.

    Changing Size of Copy: You can reduce or enlarge the copies using four different methods:

    • Same Magnification: copies in the same size as the original
    • Preset Copy Ratios: you can select one of the preset ratios
    • Custom Copy Ratios (Zoom): you can specify the copy ratio as a percentage to reduce or enlarge copies (1% increments from 25 to 400%)
    • Automatic Ratios (Fit-to-Page): the machine automatically reduces or enlarges the image to fit the size of paper

    Exposure (Intensity): This feature is the degree of difference between light and dark. Increasing the exposure setting further blackens dark area and brightens white areas. Conversely, decreasing the exposure setting reduces the difference between bright and dark areas. You can adjust the exposure between nine gradations, or select Auto Intensity.

    Included Software

    Easy-PhotoPrint EX (Windows/Macintosh): You can quickly and easily print borderless photos just by choosing the picture and paper type. This program also offers red eye correction, will smooth facial skin tones and is compatible with ExifPrint (to transfer recording data from the camera). Note: The Windows version is included on the CD-ROM. A Macintosh version is downloadable from the Canon website.

    Easy-WebPrint EX (Windows only): The included Easy-WebPrint software facilitates printing from the Internet by automatically formatting and scaling the output so that the entire page is printed even when it extends over multiple screens. This time saving and cost saving feature reduces waste and ensures that the selected pages are formatted to print properly without trimming the right-hand margin.

    MP Navigator EX (Windows/Macintosh): MP Navigator enables you to easily scan in photographs, documents, image data, etc. You can save scanned image data on your computer and attach it to an e-mail. You can also print photographs and edit images using the accompanying applications. Note: When using with Macintosh, QuickTime v6.4 required.

    Minimum System Requirements:

    • Windows:
    Operating System Vista, Vista SP1 XP SP2, SP3 2000 Professional SP4
    Processor 1 GHz 300 MHz
    RAM 512 MB 128 MB
    Browser Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
    (IE 7 required for Easy-WebPrint EX)
    Hard Disk Space 750 MB for bundled software installation
    CD-ROM Drive Required
    Display XGA 1024 x 768
    • Macintosh:

    Operating System OS X v.10.5 OS X 10.4 OS X 10.3.9
    Processor Intel Processor
    Power PC G5
    Power PC G4
    (867 MHz or faster)
    Intel Processor
    Power PC G5
    Power PC G4
    Power PC G3
    Power PC G5
    Power PC G4
    Power PC G3
    RAM 512 MB 256 MB 128 MB
    Browser Safari
    Hard Disk Space 800 MB for bundled software installation
    CD-ROM Drive Required
    Display XGA 1024 x 768

    Inputs and Outputs

    Front Panel: Direct Print Port: USB Type A that connects the printer to a PictBridge-compatible digital camera or camcorder. You can also print directly from a USB memory device. The optional BU-30 Bluetooth adapter plugs into the front panel USB port as well.

    Right Side: USB: USB Type B that connects the printer to your computer

    Left Side: Power: 2-pin jack for use with supplied AC power cord

    Dimensions

    Dimensions:

    • Document Cover Closed/Trays Not Extended: Width=17.8125", Height=6.25", Depth=14.375"
    • Document Cover Open/Trays Extended: Width=17.8125", Height=17", Depth=19.625"
     
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    Written By Anonymous, West Brandywine, PA on Monday, January 25, 2010
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    Great printer---works well---excellent value!
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    Awesome Printer

    Written By Anonymous, Weatherly Pa on Thursday, September 24, 2009
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    This is a great printer. Very reasonably priced, picture quality is unbelievable. Printing text out in black is a flash. Also very fast shipping from Crutchfield.
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