Canon just added three new Pixma multifunction printers to its arsenal of media devices that include Wi-Fi to match the company’s 2012 point-and-shoot lineup, also announced today.
The announcement details the Pixma MX372, MX432, and MX512 that all feature 802.11n wireless pairing, but only the $150 MX512 lets users hook up to a network using an Ethernet port on the back.
Like past models, the Pixmas are all compatible with AirPrint and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) that connects to compatible routers with a single button push.
The suite of features included in the lineup reflect the Pixma series’ creative demographic, and the latest boon is HD Movie Print that pulls still photos out of videos shot with compatible Canon HD video cameras.
All three models are also the first to get a new control panel called FastFront that moves cartridge bay and paper access to the front of the printer so outbound prints don’t block access to the control panel buttons.
The MX372, MX432, and the MX512 will retail for $79, $99, and $149 respectively, but Canon keeps retail costs low with a dual-ink cartridge bay that forces users to replace the entire chamber when a single color gets depleted.
Sounds like a good example of the classic printer bait-and-switch, but I can’t say for sure until I get them into our CNET labs for testing.
Stay tuned for a full review on CNET soon.