Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7500 III Series Review

Good: Enhanced security features, 10.4" upright control panel option, strong multifunctionality.
Bad: Not intended for small or medium-sized businesses.
Bottom Line: New color MFPs intended for environments with very high-volume printing needs.
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IR ADVANCE C7500 III
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Large, Enterprise
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65 ppm-80 ppm
60 ppm-70 ppm
Canon Dual Custom Processor
4 GB

Product Overview

Canon has refreshed its third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE series with the the new third edition models. The new edition includes upgraded security features, such as the integration with the customers’ exiting Security Information Event Management (SIEM) solution. Integration to SIEM allows IT professionals to include the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE device into their company’s existing comprehensive security monitoring. In other words, they’ll have insights into potential threats to their infrastructure, including their print fleet, without having to manually import data from the printer into the SIEM solution. SIEM integration is now also available on all third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE models through Canon’s Unified Firmware Platform, which frequently provides new features and functionalities through firmware updates.

Additional new security features include the Verify System at Startup process, only available on third edition models, that uses a Root of Trust to help protect the device from unauthorized modifications and an automatic security certificate update that helps reduce the burden on IT staff.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7500 III Series joins the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6500 III Series and imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8500 III Series in Canon’s production-level lineup. Unlike those devices, the C7500 Series copies and prints in both black and color.

There are three devices in this family. They are:

  • The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7565i III that prints at 65ppm in black and 60ppm in color
  • The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7570i III that prints at 70ppm in black and 65ppm in color, and
  • The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7580i III that prints at 80ppm in black and 70ppm in color

These devices support standard printing, copying and scanning, as well as optional faxing. They include the Canon Dual Custom Processor,  4GB of memory and a standard 250 GB hard drive that can be expanded to 1 TB.

All three machines include a standard 10.1″ LCD color touchscreen panel for accessing commonly-used workflows. However, there is an option of adding a 10.4″ upright control panel. There is also the My ADVANCE solution for users to customize their specific workflow settings.

More details on these devices is in our Features section below.

Canon continuously enhances its machines, especially its high-volume devices. With its abundance of paper-handling features, strong security and powerful engine, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7500 III Series is scalable for any high-volume printing environment, especially publishing plants, central reprographic departments (CRDs) and manufacturers.

Features

Paper handling: The C7500 III Series includes many options for paper handling. Standard paper input starts with a dual 1,100-sheet paper tray, dual 550-sheet paper trays and a 250-sheet bypass for 3,550 sheets. The option’s available to add a 3,500-sheet paper deck (either the letter-sized deck only or the paper deck that accepts up to 13″ x 19″) and a 6,000-sheet paper deck for a maximum of 9,300 sheets. All trays accept up to 80 lb. cover in paper weight, except for the bypass (which accepts up to 110 lb. cover).

There’s a 300-sheet document feeder that supports single-pass duplexing.

Businesses also have different finishing options. First, there’s a three-tray staple finisher that has a capacity of 500 sheets in two trays and 3,000 sheets in a third tray. It supports multiposition stapling of up to 65 sheets. Another option is the booklet finisher with saddle stitching. It has the same tray and stapling capacities as the stapling finisher, but can also saddle stitch up to 20 sheets. A 2/3-hole puncher can be added to either unit.

There’s another finisher with three trays that supports a 1,500-sheet tray, a 250-sheet tray and a 2,500-sheet tray. It includes multiposition stapling of up to 100 sheets. A booklet maker can be added to the unit that saddle stitches up to 20 sheets.

A 2-/3-hole punch unit can be added to any of the finishers. There’s also a Multifunction Professional Puncher, as well as two booklet trimmers (one that can trim up to 30 booklets and another that trims up to 40 sheets).

There’s also a few document insertion units. One unit supports two trays with a 400-shee total capacity and the ability to insert preprinted sheets of up to 13″ x 19″. There’s another similar document insertion unit except that this unit only has a single 100-sheet capacity tray. And finally, there’s a folding/insertion unit that supports different folding options (C-fold, Z-fold, etc.).

Multifunction features: The C7500 III Series supports Canon’s UFR II language, PCL and PostScript. Mobile printing is supported. USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi are standard. First-page-out copy time is 5.4 seconds in color on the C7580i and 5.9 seconds on the other two devices.

Color scanning is supported as is scanning to mobile devices. Users can send scans to email, SMB, FTP, WebDAV and mailbox. Scanning file formats are TIFF, JPEG, PDF, XPS and Office Open XML. There’s also the option to send encrypted PDFs and digital signatures.

LDAP is supported, and users can store up to 2,000 contacts within the address book. These devices include the ability to store up to 100 user inboxes and 30,000 pages maximum.

The fax option uses the 33.6 kbps modem with JBIG compression. Up to four fax lines are permitted. Internet and IP faxing are supported.

Security features: The C7500 III Series has strong security features, both standard and optional. Some of the standard features include user and department ID authentication, hard drive password lock, hard drive erase, hard drive encryption, mailbox password, IP/Mac address filtering, secure print and Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management integration, to name a few.

Print controller: The imagePASS-N2 print controller includes tools for professional printing. It has a 3.3 GHz processor, 4 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. It supports PCL, PostScript and Ethernet interfaces. Additional features include hot folders, virtual printers and secure erase.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The C7500 Series is intended for environments with very high printing needs. Smaller or medium-sized businesses can check out our other reviews on Canon devices, such as the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 III Series.

About

Canon is the number-one copier company in the U.S. if measured by the total number of units sold.

The company has an impressive line of multifunctional devices, and it’s one of the leaders in this market. Most of Canon’s multifunction printer (MFP) line carries the imageRUNNER brand name.

Over the years, Canon’s print controller strategy has involved partnering with EFI, the third-party controller company that dominates the color market. The company also relies on controllers developed by Canon itself. The controllers, which feature Canon’s IP architecture (the “IP” stands for “Image Platform”), can be found on all imageRUNNER models.

Canon’s MEAP architecture (Multifunctional Embedded Application Program) has been a significant addition to Canon’s controller strategy. It’s featured on most of its mid-to-high-volume models. The MEAP platform features an open architecture for providing custom software applications, some for private use and others sold on the open market as add-on products from third parties.

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