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Speed and cloud services are the highlights of Canon's new Home Advanced range of Pixma all-in-one printers.

Canon claims its new Pixma inkjet all-in-ones - the MG5560, MG6460 and MG7160 (pictured) - are the fastest in their class. The new models also feature extended connectivity, including integration with a range of cloud services via Canon's Cloud Link.

According to Canon officials, the MG5560, MG6460 and MG7160 are faster than price-comparable HP Photosmart and Epson Expression Home models.

Canon product manager for consumer print James Carrick told iTWire that ISO print speeds range from 8.7 (colour) or 12.2 (black only) images per minute for the MG5560 to 10 and 15 ipm for the MG7160.

This makes them "fastest in their class," he said, without sacrificing quality. Only a few inkjet models are faster, and they are aimed at the office market.

Running costs can be reduced by around 40% by choosing the XL ink cartridges, Mr Carrick added.

He also pointed out that the 650/651 cartridges used by these models will be available this month in "value packs" and recommended shopping around for the best prices.

The MG5560 and MG6460 use Canon's five-ink system, while the MG7160 adds grey ink for even better reproduction.

Copying documents with one of the new Pixmas is cheaper than spending 20c per page at the local newsagent, and running costs are lower than those of colour laser printers, he claimed.

All three include Wi-Fi (and can connect directly to mobile devices without the need for a wireless router), and the MG7160 also has an Ethernet interface.

They also provide support for a range of cloud services - see page 2.

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