The Canon iP100 Movable Printer – Specifications, Review and Analysis

The simple truth is that when the iP100 was made by Canon they weren’t making their best, but the world’s best portable printer.  Find out more below.

You can check out our complete concise review of Canon’s iP100 bluetooth and photo capable printer if you want to get to grips with everything quickly.

To start with we’re dealing with a device that has 320 black inkjet nozzles and 1536 color, allowing print resolutions of 600 x 600 dots per inch for black and up to 9600 x 2400 dpi for high resolution color photographs.  This instantly makes it the world’s highest resolution mobile printer before we’ve even gotten the review underway.

To begin with, I just want to say that if you’re looking for what I consider (along with most other printer experts) the best portable printer in the world then your search is over.  In terms of both core capabilities and rugged reliability the performance on this latest Canon device is incredible and superior to all alternatives on the market – yes, including HP.

It’s classed as a photo printer, but don’t consider this exclusive because as a multi-capable inkjet this can be printing out your glossy 4 x 6 photographs of Hawaii one moment and then a business report filled with charts and graphs in black and white draft mode seconds later.

When it comes to operating system compatibility you don’t need to worry about whether it’ll work or not with your device because it covers the vast majority of commonly used ones.  For Windows you’re covered for Vista, 7, XP/2000 and for Apple’s numerous fans then MAC OS X v.10.3.9 to 10.5.x work perfectly.  When it comes to printing from very specific devices using specific transfer methods such as Bluetooth or its inbuilt infrared then you’ll need to take a little more time to make sure your device is compatible – or figure out how to make it so.

The standard printing data interfaces are PictBridge (although the cable is not usually include ‘in the box’ and certainly not from Canon directly), USB 2.0, IrDA (infrared) and finally an optional Bluetooth adapter.

It can print in a variety of paper sizes from credit card (perfect for glossy photo-quality business cards!) to various other glossy card sizes for photos: your standard 4 x 6 inch, 4 x 8, 5 x 7, 8 x 10 – this should pretty much cover all of your photo printing needs.  When it comes to regular inkjet paper then Letter, Legal, Photo Sticks and U.S #10 Envelope sizes are all fully supported.

This particular Canon Portable Printer can expect to print at around 9 pages per minute for Black and 5.9 ppm for color.  When you’re printing of 4 x 6 inch borderless photos then you’re looking at around 50 seconds for perfect resolution quality.  It’s also reasonably quiet too, it’s not particularly noisy at around 38.5 decibels when printing in best quality mode.

Looking at the portability is obviously important – especially for travelling businessmen who don’t want to be carrying around too much, and I generally find it’s best to inspect two core elements relating to mobility – weight and physical dimensions.  The iP100 weighs just 4.4 pounds but when you include the optional battery pack then you can expect this to be perhaps close to 5 pounds.  Its physical dimensions are 12.7 x 2.4 x 7.2 inches – but to put a little more of a human perspective on things then imagine a net book, double its thickness and there you have it!

One thing which I do like about the Canon PIXMA iP100 is its optional lithium ion battery pack.  It’s very long lasting and will print of around 300 pages for its 3 hours of usage from being fully charged.  Also for professionals which use their car for a lot of travelling as well as work then you can purchase the Automobile Power Unit.  This directly charges the printer directly through the car’s power socket allowing constant printing wherever and whenever.

We’re not just dealing with a device which has the specifications that are the best – this doesn’t make it the best, it’s merely a contributing factor.  What does make it the best is its powerful flexibility in terms of optional accessories and most importantly its second to none reliability that comfortably set it apart from other models in the market as well as many of Canon’s own previous models.  This is not ‘one of the best’ – this is the best portable printer on the market, and if you’re looking to buy one then I suggest you do your research, see that I’m correct and then go buy this fantastically performing and durable device.

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