Canon PIXMA IP100 Review
The Canon PIXMA iP100 is a stylish and compact portable photo printer that can also print text documents, which makes it the perfect printing solution for the mobile office. It will print on paper from business card size to A4. With a battery included as standard, printing quality photos and documents anywhere and anytime is easy.
At 4.4 pounds, the iP100 is heavier than most road warrior accessories, but its compact 12.7 x 7.2 x 2.4-inch body will fit nicely in your carry-on, front seat, or on your desk. It is easy to carry in one hand. With its black accents and rounded edges, the matte silver chassis blends in anywhere, and the paper tray and front lid neatly fold up for easy carrying. Despite its small size, the iP100 has a respectable 50-sheet input, which is generally adequate for the sort of on-the-spot use you’d expect from a mobile printer. Unfortunately, there are no memory card slots and no tray to catch outgoing paper.
Of course, a printer this small also accommodates less ink than a larger printer. When it comes to powering the printer, you have several options. The only included option is using the bundled A/C adapter. You can also purchase a car adapter and battery which lasts about 3 hours on a single charge.
PIXMA iP100 is a quiet Inkjet printer with IrDA and PictBridge support for general connectivity to devices. PIXMA iP100 requires an external Bluetooth set up if you do not have IrDA support on your computer. However, once you have the Bluetooth adaptor setup, printing from your computer gets much easier, home or away. You can also mount the Bluetooth adaptor on the internal side port which giving it a permanent space on your desk or laptop.
PIXMA iP100 runs on a duo ink tank system rather than a 6 ink tank system. The cost of two ink tanks is relatively cheaper compared to having to buy all 6 tanks at once. However, this may not be the case if you rarely print color images. But a duo tank system does make repurchasing ink cartridges much simpler.
Print speed is one of the iP100’s major advantages over other mobile printers. In fact, the iP100’s print speed is comparable to the print speeds of standard mid-level inkjet printers, at over a page per minute for photos and seven pages per minute for text. Text and graphics print quality are also comparable to those of standard inkjet printers, and more than suitable for business purposes.
The iP100’s photo print quality is also beyond passable, although some people have reported problems printing black and white photos to their satisfaction.
There are a number of areas in which the iP100 comes up a bit short, though. It can’t handle quite as wide a variety of tasks as some other mobile printers. The iP100 isn’t compatible with even some fairly common media types such as glossy or matte paper, labels, high-res paper, or transparencies. The iP100’s graphics print quality is less than spectacular on any paper. Also, the iP100’s cartridges don’t last as long as those of other mobile printers.
The mobility of the iP100 also has its limits. With no Wi-Fi or other built-in networking support, the iP100’s versatility in terms of impromptu and long-range use take a hit. Canon also might have considered coming up with a carrying case for this model. There’s no built-in memory card reader, either.
All in all, the PIXMA iP100 makes a good home or small office side-kick. It performs well enough to be either a desktop or portable printer. The speed and build are great and printing is superb for both photos and text.