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Canon PIXMA iP100 Portable Printer review

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Canon PIXMA iP100 Portable Printer
  • Canon PIXMA iP100 Portable Printer
  • Canon PIXMA iP100 Portable Printer
  • Canon PIXMA iP100 Portable Printer
  • Canon PIXMA iP100 Portable Printer
  • Canon PIXMA iP100 Portable Printer
  • PIXMA iP100 Inkjet Printer - Colour - Photo Print - Mobile (20 ppm Mono - 14 ppm Color - 50 Second Photo - 9600 x 2400 dpi - 100 sheets Input Capacity - USB, PictBridge, Infrared - PC, Mac)

Summary

Our Score:

8

Most of Canon's PIXMA inkjet printers are desktop machines where, within reason, size and weight aren't problems. There's one area of the market, though, where both these considerations are important and that's portable print. If the printer needs to be light and compact, but still offer good quality output in a reasonable time, constraints on its design are much tighter. The PIXMA iP100 is just such a portable printer and can be used with an optional lithium ion battery, well away from the mains.

This printer is about the size of one and a half Xboxes laid on their sides and is all decked out in silver, apart from black cheeks at either end and a black bar across its top, bearing the Canon logo. Lift the top cover and the front cover, which is held to it by a magnetic clasp, automatically drops down. The top half of the cover extends to provide a reasonable support for A4 paper, which feeds through from the back and out onto the desk in front of the machine.

Physical controls and indicators are simple, with a power button and inset power LED and a feed button with inset paper jam indicator. On the left-hand cheek is a socket for the external power supply and on the right are sockets for USB and for a PictBridge camera.

There's an infrared receiver here, too, so you could beam data across from an infrared-equipped laptop. If you've gone for the version of the printer with the optional lithium battery - £50 extra - it clips on at the back and is fastened by two screws.

Once the top cover has been lifted to form the paper input tray, the top surface of the printer is again a cover and this can be lifted to reveal twin, low-profile cartridges. One of these contains pigmented black ink, while the other holds not just cyan, magenta and yellow dye-based inks, but also a photo black to improve dark shades in photo prints. The cartridges clip easily into place in the printer's head carrier.

Software supplied with the PIXMA iP100 is Canon's usual mix of simple, task-based programs, such as Easy-PhotoPrint and Solution Menu.

Martin Bray

October 24, 2008, 7:42 pm

I received my initial iP100 in early September. It was excellent in terms of its size, print quality, and being bluetooth and battery driven was the most convenient printing experience I have had to date. This printer had to be replaced after two weeks as it failed to recognise the presence of the black ink cartridge. Its replacement arrived on the 26th September and failed for the same reason today - 24th October. I am now awaiting its collection and eventual replacement. This is extremely inconvenient as life without a printer can be difficult. I can only hope for third time lucky! Changing to an alternative brand means sacrificing the cost of my bluetooth device so I feel imprisoned at the moment.

David McClelland

November 30, 2009, 3:28 am

I'm surprised that there are only two players in this mobile printing market, the Canon iP100 and the HP H470. I'm trying to decide between these which one to plump for - the Canon seems to suggest higher quality and a slightly smaller form factor, the HP is significantly cheaper (running and initial outlay) coming with a carry case and more connectivity options but rates lower in quality. Any other perspectives on this? Have to say, I'm erring with the HP at the moment...

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