Canon Colorado 1650 Achieves Outstanding Results in Keypoint Intelligence Field Test
SINGAPORE, 30 April 2021 — Canon is proud to announce that the Canon Colorado 1650 64-inch roll-to-roll printer has obtained exceptional results in the Keypoint Intelligence Field Test Report. The assessment is across three categories – image quality, usability and speed. Keypoint intelligence concluded that as an all-round impressive performer, the Colorado 1650 is a standout choice for virtually all wide format printing applications.
Based on tests conducted by Keypoint Intelligence’s production print expert technicians, the Colorado 1650 proved to be a true workhorse, demonstrating high speeds in all test scenarios and was found to be three times faster than the competitive average across each quality mode tested. In addition to its speed, the printer’s automatic maintenance, user replaceable components and on-the-fly ink replacement features were all recognised as contributing factors for its increased uptime and faster turnarounds.
The technicians highlighted how easy it is, with Canon’s FLXfinish curing technology, to produce both gloss and matte finishes without the need to change inks or media. Most importantly, in switching output finish, there was no impact on image quality, even at the most productive speeds. The FLXfinish also enhances the printer’s handling of porous materials such as soft signage and uncoated media because its UVgel technology ensures that each ink droplet is immediately fixed on the media, allowing for highly controlled dot gain and more precise image quality.
In the report, colour images were cited as being “routinely vibrant, while delivering exceptional neutrality in black and white half-tones”. In addition, “the Colorado 1650 delivered superb PANTONE colour accuracy, generating Delta E00 measurements no greater than 2.32 on average across 15 corporate colours” which is a key benefit for print service providers.
Notably, the report also emphasised that, given its extremely accurate dimensional stability, modular design and matte finishing capabilities, the printer is very well positioned for the growing digital wallpaper marketplace.
The printer was found to be easy to configure and its double-sided printing and print-side-in substrate support functionalities enable improved media handling and facilitate longer, unattended print runs. Further recognising its ease-of-use, the report highlighted the Colorado 1650’s user-friendly interface and how it enables print service providers to reduce downtime thanks to its transparent ‘at a glance’ status monitoring, a simple to navigate 10.5-inch smart control panel and a remote control app.
David Sweetnam, Director of EMEA/Asia Research and Lab Services at Keypoint Intelligence, comments: “It was immensely satisfying to work with Canon on the first of many new tests as we extend our signage test platform into the roll-to-roll marketplace, testing its highly productive Colorado 1650. From what we saw throughout the evaluation, the Colorado 1650 certainly sets the bar high in this highly competitive and growing market.”
Steve Ford, Managing Director – Production Printing Asia at Canon Production Printing, concludes: “We’re delighted that our Colorado 1650 has performed so well under Keypoint Intelligence’s stringent wide format signage assessment. To date, the Colorado series has seen close to 2,000 installations worldwide and feedback from our customers and partners has been very encouraging. This independent Keypoint Intelligence endorsement is a powerful way for us to strengthen the quality and productivity assurance we offer to customers and partners, and it provides proof of the printer’s excellent fit for the fast-growing digital wallpaper marketplace.”
About Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company covers 23 other countries and regions including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc. has a global network of more than 300 companies and employs about 180,000 people worldwide. Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.
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