Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 with Colortrac Scanning System Specifications

February 2008
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Lab Test Report—European Edition
A Comprehensive BLI Laboratory Evaluation
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710
with Colortrac SmartLF
Cx40 Scanning System
Wide-Format Colour Inkjet Printer
Reliability............................................... Excellent
Ease of Assembly....................................... Excellent
Ease of Network Setup............................... Very Good
Paper Handling........................................ Very Good
Ease of Use............................................. Very Good
Administrative Utilities.............................. Very Good
Print Drivers........................................... Very Good
Feedback to Workstations........................... Very Good
Applications Compatibility........................... Excellent
Colour Management........................................ Good
Colour Print/Copy Quality........................... Very Good
Black Print/Copy Quality.................................. Good
Colour Print/Copy Productivity........................... Good
Black Print/Copy Productivity............................. Good
Scan Functions........................................ Very Good
Feature Set............................................ Very Good
Multitasking.................................................. Good
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Test duration: Two months, including a 7,500-square-foot
durability test.
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Ratings scale:
Excellent, Very
Good, Good, Fair
and Poor.
Offering very good ease of use and colour print quality, the Canon
imagePROGRAF iPF710 performed commendably during its 7,500-squarefoot BLI evaluation. Demonstrating that it can capably satisfy the needs of
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
professionals, the iPF710 generated a broad range of architectural plans and
maps with exacting detail and vibrant colours. The five-ink set, which includes
both dye and pigment black inks, produced colour that remained highly
consistent throughout the testing period, with very little shift measured by
BLI’s test instruments and no colour variation observed in a visual comparison
of images produced at the end of the test with the same group printed at the
beginning of the test. Moreover, remarkably fine detail was also produced
when colour and monochrome photographs were printed on Canon’s highquality heavy weight satin photo paper at default quality settings.
The Colortrac SmartLF Cx40e colour/monochrome scanner, a formidable
1016 mm width multi-functional wide-format scanning option that Canon
Please note that the following document is based on tests conducted on a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 sold in the United
States. BLI has updated this report to reflect the specifications and features available on the European version of this
model. Although there may be slight differences in features and pricing, both models are manufactured by the same
parent company, share many of the same components, and are based upon a common engine. Tests were conducted using
U.S. letter-size paper and A4 results may vary.
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offers with the imagePROGRAF iPF710, was included in this evaluation,
and also proved easy to use. Whether utilising the straightforward SmartLF
or more advanced CopySmart software, the Colortrac scanner package
enables user-friendly scanning and copying of large-format documents,
though superior overall functionality and greater colour accuracy, quality
and consistency were achieved using the CopySmart program. Designed
for CAD and GIS applications, the Colortrac scanner reproduced fine line
architectural plans and maps well at the 600-dpi resolution setting. Based
on its overall performance, BLI recommends this low-cost printer/scanner
package for architectural, engineering, construction and GIS professionals.
Furthermore, when used with premium media, the Canon imagePROGRAF
iPF710 wide-format printer is an acceptable wide-format printer for highquality graphics and sign applications as well. The Colortrac scanner is not
designed for graphics applications.
STRENGTHS
Highly reliable; perfect reliability performance
Excellent colour consistency throughout the test period
Can optimise performance for many media types
Useful pop-up device and job alerts
User-friendly optional Colortrac scanner enables the printer to serve as a scanner and copier
Quick wake-up time from sleep mode
Simultaneous scan-to-file and print capability using the CopySmart software bundled with the optional
scanner
• Media-saving barcode and Free Layout nesting functions
• Printer is user-installable; no dealer required
• Windows and Mac compatible
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WEAKNESSES
• Four-colour process black when monochrome is selected in print driver (pure black is attainable by using
print driver’s BK ink setting once Print Priority is changed from Image to Line Drawing/Text)
• Slight brown appearance to black-only prints
• Fair line art in copy mode, primarily due to inconsistent line widths, as tested with the optional Colortrac scanner
• Confusing and numerous printer control panel menus
• Multi-step procedure for loading roll paper
• Printer advances and retracts roll paper after each page is cut
• Inability to import files for direct printing
• Slow copy times for documents longer than 3.05 m
• No internal hard drive for job storage
• Photographic image quality on 75 gsm plain paper rated fair
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Performance Overview
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Reliability
EXCELLENT
The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 is certified highly reliable by BLI, completing its two-month evaluation, which included a 7,500-square-foot durability
test, without experiencing a single jam and with no service calls required.
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EASE OF ASSEMBLY
EXCELLENT
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The printer is very easy to install. A hard copy manual in English, Spanish and
French provides step-by-step assembly instructions. All the tools needed
(two wrenches and four bolts) are included. Two people are needed to lift
the printer onto its stand; otherwise one person can easily complete the
assembly, which takes approximately one hour.
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The control panel provides step-by-step instructions for loading the five
ink tanks, which are easy. The iPF710 comes with starter ink tanks that
are installed after assembly and contain approximately 60 percent of the
normal 130-ml volume.
EASE OF NETWORK SETUP
VERY GOOD
The Canon iPF710 is equipped with a 10/100BaseT/TX Ethernet port. An IP
address can easily be assigned to the printer directly on the control panel.
The print driver CD auto launches and users can choose from three selections—Install Printer Driver, Install Individual Software and Create the
Installer Files. In choosing Install Printer Driver, ten clicks are required to
install both the driver and the Status Monitor utility. An additional eight
clicks are needed to install the Media Configuration Tool and Digital Photo
Front-Access. The printer port is created automatically during driver installation. The second selection, Install Individual Software, offers users six
separate options if they wish to be selective with the software installation.
Create the Installer Files is a utility that allows the print driver to be downloaded to any other networked workstations rather than installing the driver
onto each one separately.
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A second CD entitled Canon iPF710 User Manual is also provided. It autolaunches and installs the manual in HTML format in six clicks. It is available
as a selection in All Programs and from the printer driver and Status Monitor.
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PAPER HANDLING
VERY GOOD
The iPF710 is compatible with a wide range of media, from various plain
and bond papers to many different satin and photographic glossy papers,
to name just a few. There are 35 pre-set paper selections and five special
paper selections on the iPF710 control panel from which to choose. Each
choice automatically enables specific ink, cutting and drying specifications
for the particular paper, therefore it is always recommended that users
make the correct paper selection on the control panel and at the printer
driver.
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The iPF710 supports one paper roll (up to 917 m wide x 91.4 m long.) Additional roll holders are optionally available for multi-roll users. Either one
paper roll or one sheet of paper can be loaded on the iPF710 at a time. The
minimum supported sheet size is 203 mm x 254 mm; maximum supported
sheet size is 917 mm x 18 m. Minimum and maximum media thicknesses are
.07 and .80 mm, respectively.
For any media type installed in the printer, users have the option of programming the exact length of the roll, which is reported on the control
panel, and the length is automatically counted down as the roll is depleted.
If a job is sent that is calculated to require more media than is already
loaded, the user will be prompted to replace the roll.
Unlike with some other wide-format devices evaluated by BLI, sheet paper
length and width are automatically detected by the iPF710 once the sheet
is properly loaded.
The two hubs or end caps that hold a roll of paper in place on the spindle
are smartly designed. Instead of being circular, they are octagonal in shape,
so that when the spindle is placed on a table top it doesn’t roll.
Finished prints exit the printer from the front and are deposited into a cloth
catch basket situated directly below the printer. Depending on the media
type and curl, prints stack in order after they exit. Managing more than 10
D-size prints at a time can be unwieldy in the catch basket.
— After approximately 20 D-size prints exit to the basket, their weight causes
the basket to close, leaving successive prints to fall on the floor.
— When a roll of paper is depleted partly through a page, that page does not
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reprint upon loading a new roll, unlike with some other units tested. All
other pages sent will print in succession, however. Users must reprint the
partially printed page.
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EASE OF USE
VERY GOOD
The iPF710 control panel has a small gray LED display that measures
50.8 mm x 57.2 mm. There are four lines of text, each containing up to 20
characters. Below the text is a simple graphic of the ink status for each
of the six cartridges. There are eight clearly labeled buttons for initiating
various functions. When the menu button is pressed, there is an extensive
display of sub-menus. Many of the choices within the sub-menus are not
intuitive and the manual must be consulted for a clearer understanding.
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Step-by-step instructions for both sheet and roll loading are provided on the
control panel. The display changes for each step of the procedure at a predetermined interval, although users can press the pause button to pause the
display. Additionally, instructions are given on the control panel for loading
a roll onto the spindle.
— The process of loading roll paper is not fully automated. Once the spindle
on which the roll is situated is placed on the printer, installation requires
feeding paper from the roll through the rear of the printer, then returning
to the front, opening the cover and manually aligning it with the alignment
guide.
— Feeding and cutting roll paper initiated from the control panel is a complex
procedure requiring many steps and is not intuitive to perform. Users must
first take the printer offline by pressing the Online button on the control
panel. Then they must press the down arrow to forward the paper out to the
desired length. At this point, the printer must be put back online by pressing
the Online button again. Then the user presses the Menu button, then the
Paper Cutting button, then the right arrow, then the Yes button, and then
OK to finally make the cut.
A control panel menu setting enables the paper type and length to be printed
in barcode and text at the end of the loaded roll before the roll is removed,
a useful feature not available on all wide-format printers. When that roll is
reinstalled in the printer, the barcode is read and the paper type and length
are displayed on the control panel. This information is reported back to both
the Web page and the Status Monitor.
Loading cut-sheet paper is an easy process. Sheets are fed from the front of
the printer. The user must align the sheet’s lead edge against a horizontal
orange line that is partially obscured behind internal feed rollers, and the
right edge against an orange vertical line. Once the paper is loaded, the
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user selects the paper type on the control panel and the printer automatically detects the sheet’s dimensions. This information is transmitted to both
the Web page and Status Monitor.
This model provides good guidance to users at the control panel with a range
of helpful messages. These include “Paper Type Mismatch,” “Insufficient
paper for job,” “Paper loaded askew,” “Roll printing is selected, but sheets
are loaded” and “Sheet printing is selected, but a roll is loaded.”
The User Manual for the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 was released in PDF
format after BLI completed the lab evaluation. It had not been available
previously.
Any one of nine languages can be set on the control panel.
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The three-inch core adapters can be installed in and removed from the
paper spindle’s hubs very easily. The core adapter that is situated on the
removable hub has a lock that, when secured, does not allow for any movement of the paper roll. Three-inch paper rolls that were used during the test
were easy to install and remove from these hubs. Two-inch paper rolls did
not present any problems either.
When an ink cartridge is depleted, the following message appears on the
printer’s control panel: “Ink Insufficient OK: Replace ink tank.” No other
tasks can be carried out on the printer until the tank is replaced. Replacing
ink tanks is an easy procedure and instructions are provided on the printer’s
control panel. Users must lift the ink housing cover on the printer’s right
side and unlatch the ink tank that is empty (a red light blinks for each tank
that needs replacing). The user simply pulls out the used tank and inserts a
new one after lightly shaking it several times while it is still in its package.
— After every page is printed, approximately one foot of the remaining paper
roll is forwarded out of the printer then returned back to its home position
before the next page begins printing, presumably for alignment purposes.
Despite this process taking approximately 30 seconds to complete for each
page, the printer nonetheless exhibits competitive productivity.
— Neither the total number of pages in a job nor the number of copies of a job
is listed on the control panel during printing. There is a “Number of Total
Pages” listing in the Print Job window of the Web page, but it reads zero at
all times. (The page count for a job can be found in the Print Job Log Display
in the Status Monitor, but only after the job has completed printing.)
Two additional guides, the Reference and Quick Step Guides, are provided
in the three languages, which provide quick access to information regarding
loading paper, printer maintenance and troubleshooting.
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VERY GOOD
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Users can view the progress of print jobs and the paper and ink supplies in
real time for all networked imagePROGRAF printers using the Status Monitor.
Jobs can be canceled or paused in the Job tab, but cannot be reprioritised.
As a workaround for reprioritising, users can pause jobs submitted earlier to
allow later jobs to print next. The Status Monitor can be configured to launch
automatically, or users can open it from the Windows Programs menu.
The Status Display, located in the Status Monitor’s Information tab, provides
users with paper usage information, including the total square footage of
each paper used on the printer in both roll and sheet form, and overall total
square footage. Configuration and network settings are also listed here.
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The Print Job Log Display, located in the Status Monitor’s Information tab,
offers a list of only the last 32 jobs that were printed on the iPF710. Job
information includes job name, page count, status, start time, end time,
total time, size, media type and ink consumed for each job. Users can save
this information as a text file if desired.
E-mail server settings can be configured in the Status Monitor, which will
allow notifications of warnings and/or errors to be sent to two e-mail
addresses.
Canon offers several third-party software solutions suitable for job accounting, although none was evaluated.
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The Media Configuration Tool, a separate utility, allows for the updating and
editing of media between the printer and driver and allows users to add
or delete media types in both the print driver and on the printer control
panel.
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— The Web page (Remote User Interface) does not offer direct printing of
files, unlike some competitive Web utilities. All files must be printed from
an application.
PRINT DRIVERS
VERY GOOD
The Canon iPF710 print driver is graphical and includes six tabs that are easy
to navigate. The most commonly used features, such as Media Type and Print
Target Settings, can be selected from the main tab.
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There are 14 Print Target Settings from which to choose on the Main tab,
which, when selected, automatically provide the best settings for a print
job based on the selected print target. Among the choices are Draft, CAD
Line Drawing, 3D GIS Map and Highest Quality. The number of Print Target
Settings varies depending on the media type selected.
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The Advanced Settings selection in the Main tab offers users numerous Print
Quality and Colour Mode settings for enhanced print performance.
For Windows users, the Free Layout function, an easy-to-use image nesting
feature selectable in the print driver, enables documents and/or images of
different file formats to be merged onto a single page and printed together
across the paper’s width. Each time a document is sent with the Free Layout
feature enabled, the Free Layout window opens automatically. Each submitted image appears in the window in the order it was received. When all
files have been sent, the user can reposition them by clicking and dragging
the image on the monitor to its desired location. Once all the images are
in place, users can press the print button and they will be printed on one
page.
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Up to 50 different paper/size/quality setting combinations can be user-configured for one-touch print selection in the print driver’s Favorites tab.
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— Though not uncommon, when sending A1 PDF documents, in either portrait
or landscape mode, the prints incorrectly rotate 90 degrees, resulting in
wasted paper. (This did not occur with A4 documents.) Choosing “Rotate
page 90 degrees (Conserve paper)” in the Page Setup tab solves the problem.
Maintenance procedures, including nozzle check, printhead adjustment,
printhead cleaning and media feed adjustment, can be performed via the
print driver, Status Monitor and the Web page when logged on as an Administrator. This is a preferable alternative to activating these functions at the
printer’s control panel, which is required by some other devices.
For optimal image quality, the iPF710 possesses an auto-switching mechanism that automatically uses the correct black ink, either dye or pigment,
depending on the media type chosen in the print driver. This is an advantage
over competing devices that require different black inks to be manually
changed when a change in media is made on the printer.
— The procedure for generating black-only output from the print driver is not
intuitive for users. When choosing monochrome mode in the print driver
(the logical choice for black-only printing), four-colour process black is produced on all media types. To print with black ink only, users must choose the
Monochrome (BK Ink) selection that becomes available only when the Print
Priority is changed from Image to Line Drawing/Text.
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The print driver’s “Draft” setting is available for selected media for users
who require the fastest output possible on the iPF710, although, as would
be expected, with some sacrifice to image quality.
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FEEDBACK TO WORKSTATIONS
VERY GOOD
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+ The Status Monitor can be displayed either as a pop-up window or as a taskbar icon and can be configured to automatically launch either when printing
starts and/or when the Windows operating system is started. Errors and/or
warnings such as ink out, paper out and ink low can be set to display.
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Ink-low or ink-out conditions are reported in the Web page and in the Status
Monitor in 20-percent increments. Users should have replacement tanks onhand when a status of 20 percent is displayed. When one matte black cartridge is empty, printing will stop even though the second matte black tank
may not be empty.
There are three paper type mismatch settings selectable in the control
panel, which govern how a mismatch in paper size or type will be handled.
Users can choose “None,” which will ignore the mismatch. Choosing “Warning” will display a warning message both on the control panel and in the
Status Monitor, but will still print the job. Or users can choose “Pause,”
which will pause the job from printing until corrective action is taken.
The Web page (Remote User Interface) offers much of the same information
that is found in the Status Monitor. The most noteworthy features found
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on the Web page, however, are the various security settings that can be
enabled by an administrator, including SNMP and IPP authentication and IP
and MAC address filtering.
Paper and ink status information is available on the Web page. The Print
Job selection on the Web page only displays the latest job that is printing or
processing, not an entire list of pending jobs. A job can be canceled if the
user is logged on in administrator mode.
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APPLICATIONS COMPATIBILITY
EXCELLENT
The Canon iPF710 performed well in BLI’s applications compatibility test,
successfully handling all the file formats used, including DWF, DWG, PLT,
PDF, TIFF, XLS, PPT and JPG.
A job stream of mixed file types including DWF, PDF, PLT and TIFF formats,
all of 24" x 36", were output without a problem. No file transmission errors
were encountered nor were any problems noted in the output when compared to the digital files.
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Colour MANAGEMENT
GOOD
Various colour settings are available when the Advanced Settings tab is
selected in the print driver. Sliders are available to make adjustments to C,
M, Y or R, G, B, as well as to brightness, contrast, saturation and gray tone.
Adjustments can be applied to images, graphics and/or text.
ICC profile settings are available in the Matching tab under Advanced Settings. Four matching modes (driver, ICC, driver ICM and host ICM matching)
and four matching methods (auto, perceptual, colourimetric or saturation)
are selectable. Minimal explanation of these settings is provided in the Help
tab.
PRINT/COPY Quality
Colour Print/Copy Quality
VERY GOOD
The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 produced a typical gamut for an inkjet
colour printer. Although the size of the gamut decreased very slightly by the
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end of the test period, observed both in the red and green ranges, colour
production remained very consistent. Although BLI’s instruments detected
this slight change in the gamut, no noticeable changes were detected in a
visual observation of a group of images printed at the end of the test period
compared to the same group printed at the start of the test.
At the print driver’s default setting, colour charts, architectural plans and
maps printed on plain paper displayed very good image quality. Fine lines
and curves printed distinctly and colours were bright and of good density.
— Colour photographs printed under the same conditions on plain paper were
rated Fair. Colours appeared flat rather than vibrant, and flesh tones exhibited a heavily yellowish tint.
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The same colour photographs printed on Canon’s Heavy Weight Satin Photo
paper, however, exhibited very good image quality at default settings. In
this case, charts and graphs displayed extremely vibrant colours and fine
detail, with high contrast and sharpness, and photographs exhibited natural-looking colours and skin tones, although with a slight yellowish tint.
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When configured with the optional Colortrac SmartLF Cx40 scanner, which
is designed for CAD and GIS applications, the scanner produced copies of
marked-up architectural documents very well. Markings for blue and red
pens and No. 2 pencil copied distinctly, with curves and diagonal lines reproducing very well. Blue, pink and yellow highlighter colours were also reproduced very well, allowing for the original text that was highlighted to be
read clearly, and the colours were true to the originals, though of a slightly
different shade.
As tested with the optional Colortrac scanner and the included CopySmart
software, the Canon iPF710 reproduced most colours very accurately, though
some tan shades approached yellow. Both shadow and highlight details were
accurately reproduced in numerous maps and architectural pages.
Copies of colour graphs and charts were rated Good, although they appeared
oversaturated and brighter than the originals using the CopySmart software.
Black Print/Copy Quality
GOOD
Black-only architectural documents were rated Very Good, with consistent
line widths, fully formed circles and no stairstepping of diagonal lines.
— When the Monochrome BK Ink setting was used for black-only output, as it
was for this evaluation, the black did not appear neutral in halftone areas,
but instead displayed a slight brown tint.
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Sliders are available in the Advanced Settings tab for adjusting brightness
and contrast for monochrome prints, which can be applied to images, graphics and/or text elements within a document.
Black print quality on plain paper was rated Good overall. Characters
appeared dark and fully formed, with some ink spray visible. Circles were
cleanly formed. Diagonal lines were straight, with no stair-stepping evident,
though thin lines on a dark background filled in at higher resolutions. Grayscale was visible over a normal range, from 1% to 91%, with the lighter tones
appearing darker than is typical, and slight banding was also noted.
When configured with the optional Colortrac SmartLF scanner and CopySmart
scanning software, black text was rated Good, with average darkness and
below average sharpness and smoothness. In addition, characters were
fully formed and no toner overspray was evident. Line art was rated Fair.
Although there was no visible overspray, line thickness was not consistent,
with horizontal lines visibly thinner than vertical lines. Halftone pattern was
rated Very Good, with no banding, above average smoothness, and separation between all halftone levels. Solids were rated Good also, with consistent coverage and density readings.
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PRODUCTIVITY
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Colour Print/Copy Productivity
GOOD
The iPF710 wakes from power-save mode almost instantaneously. After a
weekend of non-use, the printer awoke after 14 seconds and began to print
a D-size document 38 seconds after the print was initiated from the driver.
To assess colour print productivity, one 12-page Arch D-size DWF document
was used. This document was printed using the Canon iPF710 driver set for
plain paper/colour, using three different quality settings—Draft, Default and
Highest Quality. In Draft mode, the 12 pages printed in 12 minutes and 18
seconds, which translates to 58.5 pages per hour (pph). In Default mode,
the document printed in 17 minutes and 6 seconds, which translates to 42.3
pph and in Highest Quality mode, the document printed in 28 minutes and
26 seconds, which translates to 25.3 pph. Colour print productivity is considered competitive to other devices tested by BLI. Note: BLI could not calculate print efficiencies for the Canon iPF710 because Canon’s rated speed
is based on 33.25" x 46.75" documents rather than 24" x 36" documents that
BLI uses.
A job stream consisting of 10 24" x 36" monochrome files (a mix of DWF,
PDF, TIFF and PLT) was sent to the printer while in a paused state. The files
consisted of five or fewer pages, totaling 19 pages, and were sent using
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the Default plain paper/monochrome driver setting. Timing began when the
printer was taken out of a paused mode, and ended when the last page of
the job stream completely exited the device. The job stream was completed
in 25 minutes and 28 seconds, which translates to 44.8 pph.
To assess colour copy productivity, a 24" x 36" document was copied using
the CopySmart program at 200-, 400- and 600-dpi settings. At 200 dpi, at
the default Colour Poster/Graphics – Fast setting, it took 18 seconds to scan
this document; at 400 dpi it took 46 seconds; and at 600 dpi it took 1 minute
and 38 seconds. Note that the scan speeds were very similar when using the
SmartLF program.
Black Print/Copy Productivity
GOOD
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The same 12-page 24" x 36" DWF document was used to assess black print
productivity. With the Canon iPF710 driver set for plain paper/monochrome, speed was tested at three different quality settings—Draft,
Default and Highest Quality. In Draft mode, the document printed in 12
minutes and 17 seconds, which translates to 58.6 pph. In Default mode,
the document printed in 16 minutes and 41 seconds, which translates to
43.2 pph. In Highest Quality mode, the document printed in 28 minutes,
which translates to 25.7 pph. Black print productivity is considered competitive to other devices tested by BLI.
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To assess monochrome copy productivity, a 24" x 36" document was copied
using the CopySmart program at 200-, 400- and 600-dpi settings. At the
default setting of Monochrome Poster/Graphics – Fast, it took 6 seconds
to scan the document at 200 dpi; it took 2 minutes and 1 second to scan
the document at 400 dpi; and it took 2 minutes and 6 seconds to scan the
document at 600 dpi. Note: When using the 400- and 600-dpi settings, printing began after approximately one-third of the document was scanned, at
which time scanning was automatically paused. Scanning resumed a short
time later and scanning, spooling and printing were observed to be taking
place simultaneously.
SECURITY FEATURES
NOT RATED
An Administrator password can be set to enable SNMP settings and IPP
authentication, and restrict TCP/IP Printing, SNMP settings and MAC address
access. Additional configurable options are available in the Device Manager
section in the Web utility.
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VERY GOOD
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The Colortrac SmartLF Cx40 1016 mm-width scanner is well designed and
very easy to use. Although there is no feed guide present, loading originals is
an easy process. Media must be fed face down as evenly as possible into the
scanner slot. The scanner has sensors that automatically detect an original
as soon as the original is fed into the slot. Once an original is detected, it
auto-locks in place and awaits a command from either software program.
The control panel is simply laid out, with four buttons—scan and copy, and
Load/Fwd and Stop/Rew, utilised for loading and rewinding originals. There
is a small LED readout that displays either “Ready” or “Scanning,” depending
on the condition. The scanner cover is hinged, with one latch on each side
used to open the cover in case of jamming or for cleaning the five contact
image sensors (CIS). (For optimum results, these sensors should routinely
be cleaned with a soft cloth and glass cleaner, especially if aberrations are
noted on copied output.) Care should be taken in lowering the scanner cover
back into place as it is heavy and could drop easily.
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Full access to the scanner may be difficult for some users as its feed tray and
control panel stand approximately four and a half feet from the floor and
users must be approximately a foot taller to comfortably feed documents
and read the control panel. The configuration BLI evaluated has the scanner
positioned directly above the printer so as to conserve space. The stand on
which the scanner sits is both height-adjustable and movable, so it can be
repositioned to a convenient height and moved to another location within
close proximity to the printer to provide accessibility for all users.
Directly after the installation, a normalisation procedure must be conducted
to set the scanner’s white-point. This is an easy procedure, activated using
the SmartLF desktop utility. It simply involves scanning a white normalisation target. It is recommended this procedure be conducted when banding is
observed on scanned/copied documents or when copies display an undesirable background colour.
FEATURE SET
VERY GOOD
BLI tested the optional Colortrac SmartLF Cx40 1016 mm colour scanner
available for the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 printer. The scanner’s published optical resolution is 600 dpi. The scanner comes with two standard
software applications. While the iPF710 printer is user-installable, a service
technician must install the Colortrac SmartLF Cx40. The service technician
will also assemble the stand, position it directly above the printer, or in any
other desired location, and place the scanner on top of it. The stand also
houses a Dell computer, monitor and keyboard. The computer is connected
to both the scanner and printer via USB cables. The computer should be
established on the end-user’s network if network printing will be required.
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The Canon iPF710 print driver must be installed on this computer as well as
on all workstation computers. The service technician will also load the two
scanning software applications on the computer. The CopySmart software
requires a USB-connected security dongle, which comes with the software;
the SmartLF software does not.
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The SmartLF software offers colour, grayscale and black copy, scan-to-file
and e-mail functions. Although this application generated good overall
results, BLI focused its evaluation on Colortrac’s CopySmart software program, based on that program’s superior image quality and colour management.
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The CopySmart software application offers users four distinct advantages
over the SmartLF software—the ability to create colour profiles for the scanner, printer and various media, the ability to crop and/or re-size the document before output, the ability to make colour adjustments using various
colour tools and the ability to scan to file and print simultaneously, all of
which are easy to initiate. Its only drawback compared to the SmartLF software is that it does not offer scan-to-e-mail capability.
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The multi-step procedure for colour and grayscale calibration of the Colortrac Cx40 scanner is straightforward in the CopySmart software. It involves
linearisation, ink limiting and colour and grayscale profiling. The procedure
for each step is described in detail on the monitor and can be accomplished
without consulting a manual. It is recommended that these procedures
be conducted for each media type at every different resolution, as colour
characteristics are dependent upon these factors. It is also recommended
that these procedures be repeated when image quality appears to diminish.
The CopySmart manual notes, “Better colour accuracy can be obtained by
using a spectrophotometer instead of the scanner to calibrate the system.”
(Although the CopySmart software is compatible with an X-rite i1 spectrophotometer, this device was not used for the BLI evaluation.)
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Users can choose to scan to preview, scan to file or scan to copy. To achieve
the best results, there are various document types (originals) and quality
selections available from which to choose for either colour or monochrome
originals. Since many setting combinations are possible, users can experiment to determine which settings provide the best results.
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Copying and scan-to-file can be carried out simultaneously by selecting their
two respective check boxes. The saved file can be named and saved as any
one of the following formats—TIF (uncompressed), TIF (Packed), JPG, PNG,
PDF or JP2. Users are given a prompt to name each document before the
scan. The resolution of the file created is the same as the scanner resolution
set for the Copy function. Preset resolution choices range from 200 to 600
dpi. Custom resolutions can be set up to 2,400 dpi. Documents were successfully scanned in each file type listed above during this evaluation at 200
and 400 dpi.
A document 3.05 m in length was successfully scanned to each file format.
— There is no easy method by which users can scan long documents with this
system; it is difficult to keep them from skewing, and they can easily tear
after the scan. Ten feet appears to be the maximum practical length users
should attempt to scan/copy.
— Copying a 3.05 m-long document using the “Poster/Monochrome/Grayscale”
setting at 200 dpi, the lowest resolution, took nearly 12 minutes to accomplish. Although Colortrac states that up to an 18-meter document can be
copied, realistically, a 10-foot length should not be exceeded due to the
time involved and the feeding difficulties mentioned above.
Before outputting a scanned image, users can select the Preview button to
display an image of the scan on the monitor. This image can be cropped and
its colour can be modified using the available tools before being output.
Additionally, text can be inserted, in various type styles and sizes, into the
image that is in preview mode.
IEEE 1394 (Firewire) connectivity is optionally available.
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For Windows platforms, Canon’s Poster Artist 2007 software, a poster creation program that includes print-ready clip-art and royalty-free images, is
available as an option.
The iPF710’s ink tanks are available in 130 ml capacity only. Other userreplaceable items include print heads and a cutter blade.
Additional roll holders are available for multi-roll users.
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MULTITASKING
GOOD
The CopySmart software allows for simultaneous scan to file and print. The
SmartLF software does not.
With both software applications, scan and copy functions can be accessed
and utilised while a job is printing.
LAB TEST
Any documents that are being printed while copy jobs are being programmed
will wait in the print queue and automatically print after all the copy jobs
are completed.
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SUPPORTING TEST DATA
Test Environment
The product has been tested in BLI’s 10,000-square-foot test lab, in an environment
monitored by a Honeywell Temp/RH chart recorder, which replicates typical office
conditions.
Test Equipment
BLI’s dedicated test network, consisting of Windows 2000 servers, Windows XP and
2000 workstations, 10/100BaseTX network switches and CAT5 cabling.
Test Duration
Products are tested for two months, a portion of which consists of a durability
test during which the product is run at its manufacturer-rated maximum monthly
volume, with daily volumes evenly divided between print and copy mode over the
course of the test.
Tested Configuration
BLI evaluated the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 36" wide-format printer with the
optional Colourtrac CX40 Scanning System.
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Test Procedures
The test methods and procedures employed by BLI in its lab testing include BLI’s
proprietary procedures and industry-standard test procedures. In addition to a
number of proprietary test documents, BLI uses an industry standard Katun test
original for evaluating black image quality and test suites to evaluate applications
compatibility. In addition to a visual observation, colour print quality is tested
using the ANSI standard IT8 Colour Test Target, which is read using the Minolta
CM503I Spectrophotometer, and samples are analyzed using the CIE XY Chromaticity
Diagram. In addition, density of black and colour output is measured using an X-Rite
428 Densitometer.
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Reliability
Reliability
Service Required
PMs/Malfunctions
Meter count
(beginning of test)
0
End of test period
7,500
Total misfeeds/misfeed rate
0/Not applicable
Total Service Calls
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MULTITASKING
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Secondary
Function
PRINT
SCAN
COPY
PRINT
Yes
Yes
Yes
SCAN
Yes
No
No
COPY
Yes
No
No
Primary
Function
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Paper Usage
(Square Feet)
Note: A “Yes” indicates that the user can initiate the secondary function while the primary function is taking place and
that no further user intervention will be required for the secondary function to take place.
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PRINT DRIVERS
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Auto Configuration/Device Detection
Yes
Collate Sets
Yes
Mirror Image
No
Negative Image
No
N-Up Printing
2 to 16
Paper Gauge
No
Quantity Selection
1 to 999
Reduction/Enlargement
5% to 600%
Print Quality
14 preset choices
Printing Shortcuts/Save Settings
Yes
Show Preview
Yes
Consumables Status
No
Rotate 90 Degrees
Yes
Auto Rotate
No
Secure Printing
No
PRINT/COPY Quality
Colour Print Quality
Plain Paper
Heavy Weight Satin Photo Paper
Fair
Very Good
AEC Graphics
Very Good
Very Good
Business Graphics
Very Good
Very Good
Photographic Images
Colour Density Readings – Plain Paper
Speed
Dot Fill
Draft
Default
Highest Quality
100%
50%
100%
50%
100%
50%
Cyan
.77
.53
.82
.58
.83
.56
Magenta
.74
.46
.84
.49
.85
.49
Yellow
.66
.48
.74
.49
.73
.47
Black
1.08
.42
1.22
.42
1.16
.43
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Colour Density Readings – Heavy Weight Satin Photo Paper
Speed
Draft
Default
Highest Quality
Dot Fill
100%
50%
100%
50%
100%
50%
Cyan
N/A
N/A
.79
.53
.79
.54
Magenta
N/A
N/A
1.34
.43
1.31
.42
Yellow
N/A
N/A
1.00
.45
.98
.45
Black
N/A
N/A
1.46
.41
1.45
.41
Note: Colour density readings (Dot Fill) were measured on solid colour patches and at 50% density for plain and HeavyWeight
Satin Photo papers at draft, default and highest quality settings.
N/A: Mode not available for Heavy Weight Satin Photo Paper
Black Print Quality – Plain Paper
Text
Good
Line Art
Good
Halftone Pattern
Good
Halftone Range
Good
Solids
Very Good
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Black Density – Plain Paper
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Speed
Draft
Default
Highest Quality
Density
1.13 to 1.25
1.36 to 1.40
1.32 to 1.39
Note: Solid black density measurements are based on eight readings corresponding to eight different solid black locations
on the output.
Print density for inkjet-based printers tested to date:
1.06 to 1.48
Print density (default)
Halftone range:
Grayscale is clearly visible from the 1% to 91% dot-fill levels,
with distinct transitions between levels and consistent ink
coverage within levels.
iPF710
Range for
tested units
0
0.5
1.0
1.5
2
Typical halftone range for colour inkjet printers:
From the 4% to 90% dot-fill levels.
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Colour Copy Quality – Plain Paper
CopySmart Software
Colour Business Graphics
Good
AEC Graphics
Very Good
Colour Copy Quality is based on documents copied on plain paper at 600-dpi resolution with the unit configured with the
Colourtrac SmartLF Cx40 scanner.
Black Copy Quality – Plain Paper
CopySmart Software
Text
Good
Line Art
Fair
Halftone Pattern
Very Good
Halftone Range
Very Good
Solids
Good
Black Copy Quality is based on documents copied on plain paper at 600-dpi resolution with the unit configured with the
Colourtrac SmartLF Cx40 scanner.
Density of original:
1.19 to 1.26
Copy density
Density of copy:
1.05 to 1.10 with CopySmart software
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Original
24
iPF710
0
0.5
1.0
1.5
2
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PRODUCTIVITY
Job Stream: Mixed File Types, Same Size
Sets
Actual Time (Min:Sec)
Calculated Pages Per Hour
1
25:28
44.8
BLI’s job stream includes PDF, TIFF, DWF and PLT files totaling 19 pages. This test indicates the type of traffic a typical
wide-format device might experience in a real-world, multi-user environment. All of the files are submitted to the controller in default mode in a specific order and sent to the printer as a group, at which time the stopwatch begins; timing
ends when the last page of the last file exits the device. The closer the rate is to 100%, the more efficient the unit.
Colour Print Productivity : 12-Page D-Size DWF Document Using the Canon iPF710
Driver
Print Driver Quality Setting
Actual Time (Min:Sec)
Calculated Pages Per Hour
Draft
12:18
58.5
Default
17:06
42.3
Highest Quality
28:26
25.3
The 12-page DWF test file was printed using the plain paper/colour setting of the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 driver.
The actual time indicated is the time it took to RIP, image and deliver all pages of the test document to the collection
bin.
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Note: BLI could not calculate print efficiencies for the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 because Canon’s rated speed is based
on 33.25" x 46.75" documents rather than 24" x 36" documents that BLI uses.
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Black Print Productivity: 12-Page D-Size DWF Document Using the Canon iPF710 Driver
Actual Time (Min:Sec)
Calculated Pages Per Hour
Draft
Print Driver Quality Setting
12:17
58.6
Default
16:41
43.2
Highest Quality
28:00
25.7
The 12-page DWF test file was printed using the plain paper/monochrome setting of the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710
driver. The actual time indicated is the time it took to RIP, image and deliver all pages of the test document to the collection bin.
Colour Copy Productivity: CopySmart-Colour Poster/Graphics, Fast Scan Speed
Scanner Resolution (DPI)
Scanning Speed (Min:Sec)
Calculated Speed (ips)
0:18
1.3
400
0:46
0.5
600
1:38
0.2
200
Above results are for 24" x 36" Colour Document.
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Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710
Buyers Laboratory
Lab Test Report—European Edition
Monochrome Copy Productivity: CopySmart-Monochrome Poster/Graphics, Fast Scan
Speed
Scanner Resolution (DPI)
Scanning Speed (Min:Sec)
Calculated Speed (ips)
200
0:06
4.0
400
2:01
0.2
600
2:06
0.2
LAB TEST
Above results are for 24" x 36" Monochrome Document.
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CERTIFICATE OF RELIABILITY
AWARDED TO
CANON, INC.
For the performance of the
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710
throughout BLI's in-house durability test.
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ANTHONY F. POLIFRONE
MANAGING DIRECTOR
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This is to certify that when subjected to a 7,500-square-foot
Buyers Lab durability test in a networked environment,
the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 proved to be a highly reliable product.
®
February 2008
DATE
RELIABILITY CERTIFIED
TE
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