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Canon PIXMA MP280 - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams

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Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

The speeds Canon quotes for the PIXMA MP280: 8.4ppm for black and 4.8ppm for colour, are very close to the same specs for the PIXMA MP495, which are 8.8ppm and 5ppm. In fact, they’re almost within the margin of variation for most speed tests.

In our tests, the results were even closer, with this printer returning a speed of 5.5ppm for our five-page black document, rising to 5.8ppm on the 20-page version. The five-page black text and colour graphics test gave 2.4ppm, a colour copy took 39 seconds and a 15 x 10cm photo on an A4 sheet completed in 1min 21secs.

These results are very similar to those from the PIXMA MP495, with some being slightly slower and others slightly faster. To all intents and purposes, the two machines exhibit the same speeds.

They are also similar when it comes to print quality. As we noted when we reviewed the PIXMA MP495, black text benefited from the pigmented ink and this is obviously still true here. Characters are well-formed, though there are a few signs of mis-registered text, giving a slightly wavy appearance to some lines.

Colours are strong and bright, with few noticeable registration problems, though there is slight fuzziness to black text over colour, indicating some ink-run. Our photo print gave a good image, with natural colours and smooth gradations of colour, but there was some loss of detail in dark areas. It's still a pretty good result for an all-in-one costing under £50.

The cartridges are available in two capacities: 220 and 244 pages for black and colour respectively in the standard cartridges, 401 and 349 pages in the high-yield versions. We checked prices again, even though we've recently assessed them for the PIXMA MP495 review, but the best we could find still gave page costs of 4.3p for black and 8.9p for colour. The colour cost is in the same range as from other machines at this low entry-level price, though the black page cost is higher than from some Brother and Epson machines.

Verdict

There's about £10 difference between the PIXMA MP495 and this machine, the MP280, and for that you get the wireless network support in the MP495. Canon would like you to think you also get a speed improvement but, from our tests, you're likely to see very little difference in either speed or print quality. Both machines are good value and you should choose between them depending on whether you need wireless connectivity.

LinnyBinny

April 18, 2012, 3:23 pm

Good value for money but the ink takes a long time to dry when printing. Bit of a pain if you are in a hurry.

Reilley Squires

March 14, 2013, 8:52 pm

you need the certain type of usb cord to use it, it doesnt come included wich i find to be complete junk, thanks canon for fucking me over once again.

Gordon Gee

November 8, 2013, 9:47 pm

I replaced both ink cartridges and now it will not print

Micheál Campbell

January 4, 2015, 12:47 pm

This is a really crap printer if you only want to print occasionally, ie use as a home printer.
The cartridges are not made to sit unused. Changed both cartridges two
weeks ago and the print was ok at the time. But tried today and the
print quality is crap no matter how often I clean the nozzles.
No wonder they were selling them off so cheap. Mine was ~ £50 from Maplin and I feel ripped off if I'd paid the price quoted here I'd want top myself.

will

February 7, 2015, 1:52 pm

I've had this printer a couple of years and to be honest it's the worst printer I've ever bought (out of 3, the others were lexmark) It's so slow because it spends most of it's time cleaning itself and waiting and wondering when to print. I replaced the cartridges with a cheaper brand and since then it always shows ink empty even if I replace with Canon brand. when it flashes up "both cartridges empty, press cancell to continue to print document" I pressed it for over 10 secs and was able to carry on using it for 3 weeks after, so just because it says empty, don't believe it. All in all this is crap, buy cheap get cheap, I going back to Lexmark.

Radek Rutkowski

July 29, 2015, 6:55 am

I haven't owned too many printers to compare with, but this one does the job and it's quite rarely used, but that's true you have to wait a bit until it's ready. Not a problem for me.

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