Canon PIXMA iP100 Portable Inkjet Review: Mobile Printing Needs?
26 November 2008
Excerpt: Reviewing the Canon Pixma iP100, an excellent portable inkjet from Canon. But for functionality, specification and features, is it worth the price tag? Taking a look at the best and worst in printers, in this Bright Hub portable printer review we...
Summary: The only reason we hesitate to recommend the iP100 is its price: At $249, the Canon Pixma iP100 is expensive. Some all-in-ones, including Canon’s Editors’ Choice–winning Pixma MP Series, offer comparable quality and speed for less money. But if mobility is important, it’s worth the splurge: It delivers fast speeds and sleek portability without skimping on quality.
Pros: Beautiful photo quality, Fast performance, Compact design,
Cons: Noisy, No memory card support, Heavier than its predecessor,
Summary: We would have liked some better connection options and the battery’s bulk may be annoying for some, but the iP100 is an excellent travel companion. The iP100 is a competitive option for meeting your portable printing needs.
Pros: Good print quality, fast speeds, decent consumable costs
Cons: No media card slot, awkward battery pack, a little pricey
Summary: A portable general-purpose inkjet printer that can produce photo prints that match 'lab quality'.Designed for portability, Canon's PIXMA iP100 printer promises to produce 'photo lab quality prints', although its specifications are more attuned to office printing. It's a four-colour printer with separate cartridges for black pigment ink and dye-based colour inks (cyan, magenta and yellow plus a photo black to improve darker tones in photo prints).
Pros: You need a portable general-purpose printer that can also produce decent-looking photo prints., You want direct wireless printing from IrDA-enabled devices. Don't buy this printer if :, You require a full range of user-adjustable controls plus direct printing from memory cards., You're looking for low-cost prints.
Summary: The combination of small size and light weight, together with the respectable print speed, make this printer an ideal companion for a business laptop. Because it doesn’t hang around when printing it is possible to turn out printed pages from a presentation without making participants wait impatiently.
Pros: The output from the printer is consistently good after some fiddling with the print parameters. Images printed tended to be a little darker than on screen. Print speed is good, faster than some standard photo printers. The black ink is pigment and the colours are Chromalife 100, so print fade should not be an issue.
Cons: The price is inexplicably high. In the US this machine sells for AUD $258. Why does it cost $200 more here? Neither GST nor market size will justify this difference. And American reviewers are critical of what they consider a high price in their shops!
Summary: It isn't cheap compared to standard printers, but the Canon Pixma iP100 has the highest resolution available in the mobile printer market and prints at an impressive speed to boot. If you simply must have a printer with you at all times, the iP100 should be the do-it-all at your side.
Pros: High-resolution ink nozzles produce excellent prints, Significant speed improvements over previous model, Retains familiar design
Cons: No Wi-Fi or carrying case options, Lacks integrated media card reader, High price tag relative to those of desktop printers