When it comes to the i80 by Canon you’re looking at a solid mobile printer that was definitely ahead of its time in terms of core capabilities. Find out why below.
Looking at its printing resolutions you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see its monochrome dots per inch figure is 600 x 600 (black and white), and its color photograph printing is 4800 x 1200 dpi set at the highest resolution setting. Combine this with comparable fast speeds of 14 pages per minute in monochrome and 10 ppm for color. These are standard but ultimately very good core specifications because they’re able to fulfill the needs of most people.
If you’re an artist or professional photographer and you need ultra high resolution pictures of photographs that this isn’t for you. But for the vast majority of people that will be wanting it for light to moderate business use and perhaps a little for pleasure this will be more than satisfactory. Those kinds of resolutions allow monochrome printing which has the clarity and crispness close to that of laser jet printers. When it comes to color/photo printing they definitely have lower specifications than their stationary counterparts. But the simple truth is that they reach the level which most people will come to expect for photo printing, what’s more the Canon i80 supports a various array of different sizes allowing for a wide variety of different media sizes. I personally doubt people’s abilities to differentiate between the amounts of dots in a single inch past the point this printer reaches which is why I think this is a good choice.
When it comes to the connectivity interfaces it has usb 2.0 as standard along with infrared. I don’t know why infrared is still included because it seems to have gone out of fashion years ago, but it’s still a nice addition and some people with older PDAs will find it helpful. It also has optional Bluetooth adapters as well as a direct print port (cables are not usually included though) for direct printing from camera to printer.
What I like about this Canon portable printer is that it has quite a low weight at around 4 pounds, its physical dimensions are reasonable, 12.4 x 6.9 x 2.0 which make it very average in all honesty.
Overall we’re looking at a standard, solid mobile printer. Is it the best out there? Well admittedly it isn’t, but that doesn’t take away from its uses and capabilities which will be suitable for practically everyone. What’s more is that you’re likely to be able to get this device for a low price, and considering that its printing resolution is as good as HP’s latest OfficetJet 100 it could very well be a steal. It’s just at that level of oldness where it’s 90% as good as the ‘best’ but a fraction of the price. Unlike earlier models it still has Bluetooth and useful interfaces, high resolutions, fast printing speeds and Canon’s better-than-HP-at-least customer support. All in all, a good purchase.