When it comes to the BJC 80 which is produced by Canon you’re buying an absolute workhorse in terms of reliability and durability. Find out why below.
When it comes to core specifications don’t expect to be blown away by what this printer has to offer, because the truth is it’s a somewhat outdated model. But what it looks in core specifications it makes up by its ridiculously long lasting life and durable construction. Most mobile printers I review and take a look at myself are absolutely fine for 1-2/3 years but ultimately a lot of them end up breaking. This is due to the paper feeding malfunctioning/jamming or the internal moving parts such as the inkjet head becoming non-operational after too many bumps and bruises on the road.
The print resolution is the same for monochrome (black and white) as well as color (which just shows how outdated it is) and you can expect 720 x 360 dots per inch for both. Now when it comes to the latest devices they obviously blow this out of the water. But if you don’t need particularly high resolution text or images then you’ll be perfectly fine in what this has to offer. Most people tend to use this for very practical work purpose out in the field because it’s far less prone to breaking from constant movement as well as when small particulates of dust get tramped within it.
Another good reason to take a look at this as a potential option is its 200 pages per charge battery life. Most of the latest printers only offer around 100 pages, but this is double that which gives a far greater amount of usage for one charge.
When it comes to the ‘portability’ aspect of the device such as its physical dimensions and weight you’ll find it’s definitely above average. It weighs 4.5 pounds – but this is with the battery and AC adapter, its regular weight is just 3.1 pounds. Most competitor products are more like 4-5 pounds without the battery or AC adapter, and 6-6.5 pounds with it.
Due to its old age you’re unfortunately devoid of the latest wireless options such as connecting to a home wireless network or Bluetooth. The Canon BJC 80 still has very standard interfaces such as built in infrared and parallel access ports. No one really uses these anymore – but if you have old PDAs which you still use and you need a printer for, or you’re one of the few people that still uses infrared then this may be perfect for you.
It has a built in sheet feeder which is a nice touch, and again most of the latest Canon Mobile Printer devices don’t have this. It holds 30 sheets and it can handle letter, legal, A4 #10 or European envelope paper sizes.
Ultimately I think you’re looking at a solid but outdated printer; there are still some good reasons for getting it because you can buy a device which will last 5-10 years at a much lower price. Not only this but there aren’t any ‘hidden’ costs such as 70 dollars for a Bluetooth/Wifi Adapter. In most cases you will have to pay for the battery but it’s nothing compared to 140 dollars for wireless interface connections.