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Canon PIXMA iP1900 Colour Inkjet review

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Canon PIXMA iP1900 Colour Inkjet
  • Canon PIXMA iP1900 Colour Inkjet
  • Canon PIXMA iP1900 Colour Inkjet
  • Canon PIXMA iP1900 Colour Inkjet
  • Canon PIXMA iP1900 Colour Inkjet
  • Canon PIXMA iP1900 Colour Inkjet

Summary

Our Score:

9

We regularly spend time reviewing printers costing anything up to £2,000, but you can get a very reasonable inkjet printer for around £35, and Canon's PIXMA iP1900 is a very reasonable inkjet. It may have few of the bells and whistles of more expensive machines, but it can turn out plain text pages, colour graphics and more than passable glossy photos, with very little complaint.

The iP1900 is decked out entirely in black plastic, though, apart from two front corner panels, they don't shine like a Steinway. For anybody trying to take a picture of this printer, that's great news. Instead, the determinedly matte black case looks somehow purposeful, compared with more fashionable shiny plastic devices.

The rear paper tray folds down onto the front cover, completing the practical lines of this giant lozenge-shaped printer. There's no output tray and paper feeds instead straight onto the desktop. This can be a bit of a disadvantage if you don't have a deep enough desk to catch the sheets. There are just two control buttons, each with inset green leds, one for power and the other for paper feed and to cure jams.

At the back is a two-core mains socket and at the side, slightly inconveniently, is a USB socket. Overall, the printer takes up surprisingly little room on the desktop, particularly compared with other Canon inkjet printers.

There are two combined ink and print-head cartridges which clip into a head carrier inside the iP1900. One uses a pigmented black ink and the other contains cyan, magenta and yellow dye-based inks. Both slip into place, but need to be pushed upwards to click into their holders, which can be a little fiddly until you get the hang of it.

In a gesture towards the tight budget that must have controlled the design of this printer, there's no automatic head alignment, but instead you have to print out an alignment sheet and feed in offset figures to get the two heads working accurately together.

The standard suite of Canon support software is provided with the printer and this includes Easy-PhotoPrint EX, which handles most of the standard kinds of print you might want to produce, including a more than half-decent CD and DVD labelling program. While this printer has no facilities for direct disc printing, it'll print onto disc labels quite happily. There are no facilities for editing images within PhotoPrint EX.

Martin Daler

September 27, 2008, 2:06 am

Does this come with ink? I ask because, at 㿏, its cheaper to buy a whole new iP1900 and bin it when it's dry, than to replenish the ink in my Canon iP5200R.


Incidentally, do your ink consumption tests reflect typical usage for a home printer - a few pages printed every now and then, or do you just print out a continuous long run? I think my Canon's prodigious consumption is due to the purge routine it follows before and after every session. Since each session is likely only a couple or three pages, most of the ink I pay for never ends up on a page, but instead soaks into the golden fleece somewhere in the printer bowels. I guess all Canon's are the same?

Frankf9d

September 30, 2008, 7:20 am

@ Martin, I think that most inkjets have the curse of the purge, unless you're using them every day.


Sales staff will tell people that's all in the past, but I don't believe it, AFAIK only laser printers operate well from two week standbys (no inkheads to dry out?) but the downside is crap colour for photography, small wonder people often end up with two printers.

Hans Gruber

October 1, 2008, 4:10 pm

New printers are usually only supplied with half filled ink cartridges (if that). The costs for replacement cartridges for the iP1800 were around the 㾶.00 mark for one standard black, one all-in colour.





Couldn't find this replacement online anywhere. Was searching for a neighbour who was looking for an ultra low cost model. Everyone seems to be only stocking the older iP1800. Also, compatible ink cartridges seemed pretty scarce from my limited check at 7dayshop.com (non existent actually).

Nucky

January 28, 2009, 1:29 am

If you're still looking to purchase the iP 1900 Inkjet, Asda is selling them for only 㾾. Bargain!

Tam2274

March 8, 2009, 8:18 pm

Re Nuckeys' comment above, I have just bought one from Asda for 㾻 - even more of a bargain!

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