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7/10

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Review Price £30.31

Canon PIXMA iP2702 - Canon PIXMA iP2702

Canon is brave in quoting realistic, normal mode print speeds for its machines, as most of its rivals still go for unhelpful, draft speeds. For this machine it claims 7.0ppm for black print and 4.8ppm for colour. These are using parts of the ISO standard which exclude processing time before start of print, so are still slightly unrealistic.

In the real world, where you have to wait for both processing and print before you can use a document, you're more likely to see times and speeds like those we found. Our 5-page, A4 text document took 50 seconds to complete, giving a speed of 6ppm. Slightly strangely, the 20-page document, which involved a lot of pre-print ink housekeeping, completed in 3:27, a slower speed of 5.8ppm. Both these figures are a little slower than the claimed speed, but are reasonable for an entry-level inkjet printer.

The machine didn't do quite as well with the black text and colour graphics print, though, returning a speed of 2.4ppm, only half the claimed rate. It’s still roughly on a par with its main competitors, though. In high quality mode, a 15 x 10cm photo print on Canon's Photo Paper Pro II took 1:19, but in standard mode this time reduced to 51 seconds.
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This is quick for a photo print and there's not a lot of difference between prints from the two modes. The Standard mode print is a little darker and some detail is lost in the shadows, but both are generally very good, with no noticeable colour cast and smooth colour gradations in areas of sky.

Colour graphics are also well printed, though there are some noticeable dither patterns in some lighter colour fills. Colour prints on plain paper are generally bright and attention grabbing and black text is very clean and sharp. There's nothing in the print out to make you want to look closer for signs of ink bleed.

Most Canon printers are commendably quiet, but the iP2702 has the ignominious honour of being the noisiest printer we’ve ever tested. It’s quiet enough while printing but, as usual, little effort has been made to reduce the noise made by the paper feed mechanism. We clocked this at peaks of 80dBA at half a metre. According to the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia {PDF warning}, that’s the kind of noise level you can expect from a motorbike or a private aircraft and is certainly very disruptive if you have the printer beside you on the desk.

There are only two cartridges in this machine, one black and the other tri-colour, though both are available in two yields. Using the high yield version for both black and colour cartridges produces costs per page of 4.5p for ISO black and 9.8p for ISO colour, both including 0.7p for paper. These costs are quite high, though the black print cost is higher in comparison to rival machines than the colour one.

Verdict

There's no doubt you can get good quality print from the PIXMA iP2702. There's also little doubt that it's a basic device, a bit pricey to run and one which should come with a set of ear defenders. It's about time printer makers considered noise levels, along with the looks and features, of their machines.

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