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Review: HP Tango X

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Have you ever been surprised with the performance of a device, that you didn’t think a lot about? The HP Tango X is one such device. When I first removed the device from its packaging, my initial thought was, “That’s it? This is a printer?”. My five-year-old looked at the printer and thought it was some kind of a gaming console.

After the initial apprehensions wore off, I got around setting up the device. Setup is quite straightforward – plug in the device, install the HP Smart app on your smartphone, and then follow the on-screen instructions. It hardly takes minutes to set this thing up.

The overall design and build quality of the Tango X very good. It comes with a linen cover (available in gray or indigo), which folds over the printer to make it look like a tiny piece of desk accessory. When the printer is closed, it measures around 15 inches wide by 9.7 inches deep and is only 3.5 inches tall. It also is featherlight – so moving it from room to room is not a hassle.

The Tango X does not come with a screen or a control panel built on top of it. So you will require a computer or a smartphone to operate it. Your PC or phone needs to run the HP Smart app before you can set up the Tango X. You will find a couple of buttons on the top panel of the printer, which is mostly used for canceling a print job, printing a status sheet, and so on.

The HP Tango X is a wireless printer – it does not connect through USB or Ethernet connections. Since the printer supports cloud-based printing and sharing, scanning and copying of documents are done through the HP Smart app. You can also print directly from your smartphone. You can either select a PDF or an online document from Google Drive or Dropbox.

The quality of the print output is very good. Text documents printed with sharp and dark letterforms. And although there was a noticeable difference when I printed from an Android phone, the difference was slight. Graphics looked very attractive, with lots of fine detail. The output was well-saturated, with natural-looking colours.

I wasn’t however happy with the overall performance of the scan and copy functions through the HP Smart app. I usually use the CamScanner app for scanning documents, which does a very good job. A couple of times we ended up with blurry images. Sometimes, the text wasn’t as sharp as we were expecting it to be.

The HP Tango X uses two cartridges for print jobs. One has black ink and the other is a tri-color cartridge with cyan, magenta, and yellow ink. The Tango X is a perfect printer for those who are only looking for a device that can deliver high-quality print jobs in a smaller package, without taking up too much desk space. But if you are also looking for flawless scan and copy functions, look elsewhere.

Price: AED 799

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OKI Launches the New C650 A4 Colour Printer

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OKI Europe has announced the launch of the C650, the world’s smallest A4 colour printer.  Available from January 2021, the C650 delivers the performance, media handling, and cost-efficiency of a class-leading workgroup device in the format of an A4 colour desktop printer. Designed for any business that has limited space, the C650 will fit comfortably in the smallest of spaces while printing high volumes quickly and in professional quality, making it ideal for use across a variety of sectors including retail, hotels, restaurants, healthcare, education, and construction. 

Powered by OKI’s pioneering digital LED technology, the C650 delivers high speed printing in rich LED colour, perfect for handling everything from everyday documents to all manner of marketing collateral and signage. The device prints 35 pages per minute and can handle media as light as 60gsm and up to 256gsm, and from B8 up to 1.32m in length.

The C650’s innovative Space Saving Technology includes full front access which significantly reduces the amount of space needed to operate the printer compared to a device with a similar footprint by uniquely ensuring all operations are performed from the front of the device. When it comes to maintaining the C650, only a 2cm space is required around the sides, so it can fit into the tightest of spaces for all operations.  

Reliability was a key area of focus in the C650’s development and the extensive use of high-value components in place of plastic makes this one of the most robust printers in its class, guaranteeing a long and hassle-free life. Separate toners and long-life drums enable a high duty cycle and maximum use of consumables ensuring the C650 keeps printing and printing, making it ideal for organisations requiring high volume printing and high colour coverage. 

OKI recommends the use of ABBYY FineScanner, the first AI-powered smart mobile scanner for scanning paper documents and get perfect digital copies to print and store. This adds scanning capabilities to the C650, removing the need for a separate desktop scanner or MFP taking up valuable space in your business. Customers can also subscribe to The Design Hub powered by Shoppa, providing a one-stop-shop for design and printing needs. This user-friendly creative platform empowers businesses to produce professional-quality, fully personalised visual communications and marketing collateral in-house, in a few simple clicks. 

“Space is an important consideration for so many businesses when it comes to choosing the right printer,” says Lee Webster, General Manager Product Marketing, OKI Europe Ltd. “Typically, buying a compact printer means having to compromise on performance, productivity, quality or cost-efficiency. The C650 turns this on its head, providing exceptional print quality, superior speed and reliability while delivering true ROI. This small yet powerful and robust printer will finally tick all the boxes for so many businesses, whether they’re looking for a device to sit in a busy warehouse, on a production line, in a compact kiosk or in the back office.” 

With organisations and businesses requiring as much support as possible during these challenging times, in addition to an extended 3-year warranty on product registration, as part of its ‘Adapt Today’ campaign, OKI is offering a Business Agility pack with an approximate value of $580 with the purchase of a C650 and a set of CMYK toners. The pack includes a free six-month subscription to The Design Hub and ABBYY FineScanner Premium, media for sector-specific applications, and access to templates and artwork. These tools and assets are designed to help businesses quickly adapt their customer signage and communications to changing circumstances, such as adhering to government guidelines or reacting to evolving market and social trends, without having to rely on third party suppliers.

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Canon Launches new PIXMA TS7440 Series Printer

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Canon Europe has announced the launch of the Canon PIXMA TS7440 series, a mid-level, three-in-one A4 home printer with four colour FINE ink cartridges and an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), ideal for productive homeworking or creative use. Packed with innovative features such as voice command and an LED status bar to check print levels, this versatile and affordable printer combines ease of use with high-quality printing.

With built-in Wi-Fi and PIXMA Cloud Link capabilities alongside voice functionality, users can simply connect to an array of devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, and make the most of third-party solutions like Google Drive, Dropbox, or Google Classroom for a seamless workflow.

The Canon PIXMA TS7440 series is an ideal addition to any homeworking environment, fulfilling the need for a versatile and efficient printer that works harder so users can work smarter. The Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) allows users to scan or copy up to 35 pages at a time without manual assistance, while the two-way paper feeding system enables simultaneous loading of varied paper types and sizes without manual operation during printing and scanning. This feature is beneficial for home workers who require a variety of documents at one time, such as a teacher preparing lesson plans and class resources.

This smart device can also automatically detect paper size and adjust its functionality accordingly, allowing automatic two-sided printing as needed.  The high-quality XL FINE cartridges hold a larger volume of ink with fewer cartridge changes required, perfect for printing lengthy contracts or documents at home.

Reimagine creative possibilities with Canon’s PIXMA TS7440 series, which can hold a wide variety of media types using the rear paper feed. Capable of printing everything users need to get their side hustle off the ground or to pursue new hobbies, the Canon PIXMA TS7440 series can create borderless photos, transferable prints for fabric, and personalised labels.

The PIXMA TS7440 series is also compatible with Canon’s Creative Park, a free online platform with thousands of creative 3D patterns and templates, making it the perfect creative companion to inspire and entertain the whole family.

From the simplicity of set up to the ease of everyday use, this printer is packed with handy features so the whole family can use it effortlessly. The ‘Easy Set-Up’ function reduces the time required from getting it out of the box to full use; while the simple QR Code Direct Connection means users can instantly connect to their smartphone. To optimise productivity and drive efficiency, the Canon PIXMA TS7440 series also has an easy-to-use interface. Featuring a 1.44” OLED display and new LED status bar, users can check print status, spot errors, or see the need for replacement cartridges at a glance.


Compatible with a suite of handy apps and a range of devices, users can print easily from Mac, iOS, or Android devices, connect to cloud services, and discover artistic inspiration. With PIXMA Cloud Link, available via the Canon Print App, Canon PIXMA TS7440 series users can access and print documents directly from third-party services like Google Drive, Evernote, and Dropbox, as well as the new Google Classroom, ideal for working remotely and keeping important documents organised. These printers arrive voice-enabled with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, making it quicker and easier than ever to use the device, whether it be activating printing or checking status level.

‘The PIXMA Chat Print feature also allows users to share and print images from Facebook Messenger – perfect for those wanting to print treasured memories directly from social media. When printing from a smartphone, Canon PIXMA TS7440 series users can also utilise Apple AirPrint and Mopria, without the need for additional apps or installation.

“Quality, functionality, and convenience are essential when bringing people and technology together. This was key for our Canon Pixma TS7440 Series printer as a perfect all-in-one solution for productive homeworking and creative use. The printer’s intuitive technology, like voice command, is in tune with modern trends and supports our customers’ ever-evolving needs and lifestyle, said Amine Djouahra, Sales and Marketing Director at Canon Central and North Africa.”

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Canon Launches the SELPHY SQUARE QX10

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Canon has announced the launch of the Canon SELPHY SQUARE QX10, the latest addition to its popular SELPHY range of compact photo printers and the Canon XS-20L square photo paper pack. Small enough to fit into a handbag or backpack, this portable and hand-held photo printer is the perfect accessory for arts & crafts enthusiasts or passionate Instagrammers, who enjoy printing rich, vibrant photos direct from a smartphone or tablet, by pairing with Canon’s free to download SELPHY Photo Layout app.

With its built-in battery and Wi-Fi connectivity, printing high-quality square 68x68mm (2.7×2.7in) prints from the Canon SELPHY SQUARE QX10 could not be easier. Simple to personalise and complete with a peel-and-stick back, the Canon XS-20L square format photo paper (sold separately) features a classic look with a bordered edge for adding hand-written captions, providing users a retro and nostalgic feel. Due to the protective film coating, prints are smudge-free, water, dirt and tear-resistant.

Without the need for ink cartridges or a printer tray, the SELPHY SQUARE QX10 prints dry and high-quality photos in just 43 seconds and features dye-sublimation technology that maintains a print’s high-quality finish and resists the effects of fading for up to 100 years.

Available in four distinct colours (Black, White, Pink, and Green), users can select the colour that best suits their style. Scanning the Canon SELPHY SQUARE QX10’s QR code from a smart device will connect the printer to the SELPHY Photo Layout app, from which users can access their smartphone photo library and add creative touches. With stamps, filters, borders and bespoke layouts, the app helps personalise prints to make them truly unique.

The Canon XS-20L label set can be used to decorate everyday items such as scrapbooks, photo journals, phone cases or home decorations for preserving special moments, adding visual references to shoe boxes or adorning the fridge with treasured memories.

With no leads, no cables, and no fuss, the Canon SELPHY SQUARE QX10 is designed to fit into any lifestyle with ease. With speedy USB charging, this battery-powered compact photo printer is the fun, wireless way to create beautifully crafted prints at a moment’s notice and enjoyed for years to come.

The Canon SELPHY SQUARE QX10 will be available at €149 and packs of 20 Canon XS-20L square format photo paper at €16 from Canon’s online store and official Canon retailers from March 2020.

Canon SELPHY SQUARE QX10 – Key Features:

  • Rich, vibrant and archival-quality images that will last for up to 100 years
  • Portable and battery-powered, it’s small enough to fit inside a handbag or backpack
  • With Wi-Fi connectivity to a smartphone, use the Canon SELPHY SQUARE QX10 anywhere
  • Connect to the SELPHY Photo Layout app 2.0 to enjoy adding creative touches to square prints
  • Canon SELPHY SQUARE QX10 prints up to 256 shades per primary colour, resulting in 16.7 million possible colours

What’s in the box

  • Canon SELPHY SQUARE QX10
  • Ink cassette
  • Sample sticker paper
  • User Manual Kit
  • USB Micro B connector to USB Type-A connector

The Canon SELPHY SQUARE QX10 requires an iOS/Android device with the SELPHY Photo Layout app 2.0 to use.

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