Digital Experience 2013: Tailgates and Lines

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The Digital Experience Technology Tailgate started out a little rocky for most attendees because of the incredibly long lines despite the fact that all press has to preregister to enter. Not sure what it is about tailgating, but it seems like long lines just come naturally. But once we got inside, things smoothed out and I was able to take in all that the Digital Experience Technology Tailgate had to offer.

The theme was a little redundant considering both Pepcom and Showstoppers have tried the college football route before (it helps that the National Championship game is usually played during the week of CES) but none of that really mattered since there was over 200 exhibitors in attendance, more than enough to keep all the press busy!

Canon

Canon had three printers on display (with the promise of more during booth tour tomorrow) including the Pixma MG6320, imageCLASS MF4890dw and the brand spanking new Pixma MX922.

I’d seen the imageCLASS MF4890dw before because it was announced in August 2012 but it nice to be able to get more up close and personal with the more recent Pixma MG6320 and Pixma MX892.

The Pixma MG6320 is one of three new consumer photo inkjets introduced in December offering a new design featuring easy front loading ink cartridges, a low height and a flat back allowing customers to push the printer flush against a wall without impeding functionality. It comes in two colors – black and white – and I have to say I like the white model I saw last night.

The Pixma MX922 is one of four brand new Pixma Office printers Canon unveiled at the show yesterday but the design closely resembles the previous generation Pixma MX892 with the 3-inch LCD and intelligent touch panel, 35-sheet duplexing ADF and smooth black color. However, looks can be deceiving as Canon has actually included the same easy front loading design seen on the Pixma MG6320 as well as dual front loading trays with a 20-sheet photo tray and 250-sheet paper cassette.

I’m looking forward to getting some quality hands-on time during my private meeting so check back for some additional images and demo video footage.

Fujitsu

Fujitsu was showing off the new ScanSnap iX500 desktop scanner with built-in wireless connectivity so that customers can scan directly to their Android and iOS devices. I got to talk to Fujitsu at the beginning of the show and they were willing to give me a quick demo of how the device works!

For those of you not interested in watching video, the ScanSnap iX500 offers 25 double-sided color pages per minute at a scan resolution of 300 dpi, a separation roller tech that enhances the feeding reliability for a wider range of media and a customizable quick menu that allows users to send scanned documents to the right place, every time.

HP

HP didn’t announce anything new at CES 2013 but they were showing off the Envy 120 e-All-in-One announced in November 2012. Although one of my coworkers had seen the Envy 120 at an HP product showcase in New York, I was excited to see the sleek new design HP came up with in person.

As you can see from the images, HP has turned the scan lid into a piece of clear glass, allowing customers to get a better idea of the image they are scanning while it’s being scanned as well as creating a more visually appealing device for a home. Thanks to the sleek dimensions, black paneling and large 4.33-inch touch screen, the Envy 120 e-All-in-One could easily be mistaken for a DVR or DVD box.

Lantronix

Lantronix Inc. was on hand to show off their new editions of xPrintServer announced late last year. We actually shared a brief review of the xPrintServer Home Edition as a part of our 12 Tech Days of Christmas feature so check it if you want more info!

Polaroid

The emphasis at the Polaroid booth was on the new Fotobar stores Polaroid will be launching in 2013. The idea behind the Fotobar store is to give customers the ability to print images from their Android and iOS devices in the store as well as create some of the cool projects you can see below (I especially like the all glass photo projects)!

The first of 10 stores will open in Delray Beach, FL but one of the reps assured me they will be branching out across the country, including a location in Chicago. I think I might have to make a trip to Delray Beach this winter, in the name of research, of course!

They also had the new Z2300 Instant Digital Camera on hand. I’ll be visiting the Polaroid booth later today to grab a demo of this new device in action but for now these still images will have to do.

As you can gather, the Digital Experience 2013 show was just the tip of the iceberg. Make sure to bookmark PrinterComparison as your CES 2013 news destination as we’ll continue to update you on all these new products as well as everything print related at CES 2013!

 

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