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Canon PIXMA iP1900 Colour Inkjet - Canon PIXMA iP1900 Colour Inkjet

By Simon Williams



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Canon PIXMA iP1900 Colour Inkjet


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You wouldn't expect a printer costing £35 to be a sprinter, though Canon quotes speeds of 21ppm and 17ppm for black and colour print at maximum speed. However, it’s also honest enough to quote different speeds for standard print mode and these come out at 13ppm and 7.7ppm, respectively.

Our five-page black text print took 44 seconds to complete, which is equivalent to 6.8ppm, so only about half the quoted speed. Upping the print run to 20 pages, not very characteristic for a home printer but there for interest, took 2:48, giving a speed of 7.1ppm. This is slightly faster than before, but still not close to 13ppm.

Similarly, a five-page text and colour graphics print took exactly 2 minutes, so 2.5ppm, rather than the 7.7ppm quoted by Canon. This is not a fast printer, but it's not the slowest we've seen either. A 15 x 10cm photo print in best quality mode took 1:36, but this dropped to just 57 seconds when we printed in standard quality mode.

Comparing the two prints, there is a slight difference between standard and best quality mode, but unless you're examining the print very closely, we don't think the differences are worth the extra time and standard mode should be good enough for all but the most challenging application.

The good thing about inkjet printing is that the same technology is used in the cheapest and most expensive printers in a range. This is obviously true here, as the print quality is very good. The photo prints are clear and well detailed, with shadow content well resolved and colours looking consistent and natural.

Colour graphics on plain white paper are also clean and smooth, with overlaid black text well registered and very readable. Black text is sharp and clean, though you do have to be a little cautious with newly printed documents, as standard multipurpose paper sheets come out a little damp.

Cartridges for this machine are available in two capacities and, as usual, we used the higher capacity to produce the most economical figures. We calculate costs of 2.57p for ISO black pages and 5.43p for equivalent colour ones.

The black print cost is exactly the same as from the PIXMA iP4600, reviewed recently, and rather more than from machines like the HP OfficeJet Pro K5400n, but not too bad on an entry-level machine like this. The colour cost is around 0.7p lower than with the PIXMA iP4600 and is pretty good for this class of printer


The PIXMA iP1900 is very good value. For a printer costing less than a meal out for two, it produces very good quality prints in both black and colour and doesn't cost the earth to do it. While you might miss features like an output tray and being able to print on CDs and DVDs, as a basic personal ink-jet workhorse, you couldn't ask for much more.

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?


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).


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!


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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