If you’re looking for the best portable printer in the world with wireless capabilities then stop looking now because you’ve found Canon’s PIXMa iP100 – and here’s the review.
When it comes to everything you need in a portable printer then there’s really not much point looking further because there’s only one type of person who won’t like this printer. If you need a really tiny portable printer, we’re talking so small you can fit in a pocket then I’ll tell you right now this isn’t for you. You’re looking for a thermal-based printer because inkjet printers which hit resolutions as high as they baby goes just aren’t possible. The most I’ve seen so far for a thermal portable printer is only around 400 x 400 dots per inch which is pretty mediocre for black and white – and terrible for color.
To start of the review of the Canon’s PIXMa iP100 we’ll take a look at its portability, it weighs just 4.4 pounds and its dimensions are 12.6 x 2.4 x 7.2 inches which make it very portable. Now as I’ve said above some thermal printers weigh just one pound and their dimensions are even smaller which do make them genuinely fit into deep pockets, but for inkjet printers this does pretty well and you shouldn’t expect to get anything more portable than this. At most you’ll be able to find some of Canon’s early models which are around 3 pounds, with similar dimensions apart from being 4 inches thick as opposed to the 7.2 listed above – but this should suit most people.
The resolutions on this piece of technological genius really do hit the roof and at the moment they’re the best of any portable inkjet printer – better than HP’s latest, and this is Canon’s latest so obviously it’s the best there. It hits 600 x 600 dots per inch for black which gets it up to that level which is pretty much indistinguishable from laser or inkjet stationary printers and it hits 9600 x 2400 dots per inch for color photos (bare in mind a regular 4 x 6 color photo can be printed at perfect quality at half the dpi I’ve mentioned and you’ll get a feel for just how detailed this printer can print to).
Overall you’re looking at a really special device, the Canon PIXMA iP100 is the best on the market in my opinion and is perfect for people who work on the road or while travelling.
The problem with a lot of portable printers is that they’re simply not designed with durability in mind and especially many of the earlier designs were simply scaled down versions of similar printers which were given batteries. Now of course if we were to move around a stationary printer especially those with moving parts (inkjet and laser – so the vast majority) they would break pretty quickly. Moving around moving parts is never a good idea and it caused a lot of early Canon portable printer devices as well as those by HP to break.
It seems that Canons fixed this problem. Nowadays people expect mobile devices which can take a bump or two, I can’t count the number of times which I’ve dropped my Ipod Touch – and it still survives. Could you do that with old mobile printers? Of course not! They were likely to break down standing still let alone taking a bump or two, but with the modern portable printers we’re seeing that are released there’s a much smaller likelihood of breaks happening, as well as problems with paper feed trays which were endemic for both Canon and HP. This is a great printer, research it, check it out, and if you like it then go ahead and buy it because in my opinion – as a printer nerd – it’s the best there is in terms of rugged portability, reliability and technical specifications.