HP sucks, this isn’t just my opinion… you just need to take one look at comparative reviews and star ratings to see that they’re (at least for mobile printers) much worse.
On this page you’re going to find out about Canon’s best models and their features and most importantly my wit. I think my wit will probably excite you the most as I lamely go over printer details and specifications. If I was a good writer I’d probably be able to entertain you but unfortunately this is probably going to be as painful reading it for you as it is writing it for me.
Canon’s Top Two Laptop Printers
I’ve put ‘top two’ because people like to have a choice, but essentially I’m just being polite. I should really have just put their ‘top’ printer because it’s so much better in so many ways than their previous one that it’s not really worth considering.
Nevertheless people make choices based on two main things – reviews and comparisons. That’s why websites like Amazon are so damn successful – you see people’s positive reviews and think ‘if everyone else thinks it’s good it must be right for me’ – and then you can also compare it with other products and get the scoop.
Canon PIXMA iP100
If you’re already bored of the lame writings of my twenty year old self I’d suggest motivating your hand to slightly press down on your mouse button and read some reviews of the best portable printer of all time here.
Here’s a sexy picture of it:
Wondering about the green tick? It’s because it’s the best.
Unless you want the smallest portable printer of 2012 (but with only black and white printing) then the iP100 is for you. Let me tell you why:
- Lab quality photo printing
- Fast printing speeds
Etcetera yada yada. Adjust your eyes to point upwards, click on that sexy green tick and read some reviews for yourself. Compare it with HP’s competition (the OfficeJet 100) and you’ll see it’s certainly better.
Now take a gander to the right sidebar of this page. See anything familiar?
Yep that’s the iP100. It’s on every single page of this entire website because it’s the best. Unless you really want to sacrifice functionality to have an incredibly small printer (about the size of a laptop battery) then this is what you’ve been looking for.
You might not know this is what you want for several reasons. Firstly unlike myself, you probably don’t have an entire website and a ridiculous amount of knowledge on this topic. That’s understandable.
Secondly you’re probably confused by reviews of models released years (sometimes decades) ago. The general trend is that both Canon and HP release a model every 4 years. Canon’s iP100 is around 3 years old, HP’s OJ 100 is just 1 year old. Despite the fact that HP’s model is much newer they’ve managed to make it worse than Canon’s device. Good job.
Canon iP90v printer
If you really (for some reason) need the iP90v then you can see the prices on offer here – but again I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
The reality is that for a new model it’ll cost around 400 dollars which is double that of the iP100 – and the used versions are only around 100 dollars but I’d be apprehensive about forking out any money which may potentially arrive broken.
That does happen by the way, the ‘used’ versions aren’t by official sellers and I have read reviews (not specifically for this product mind) of mobile printers arriving broken.
Although there’s no financial or functional reason to buy this product… it’s still a great piece of kit, still better than HP’s ‘attempt’.
Canon’s old mobile printers
You might have a case for going after the older models which Canon used to product… if you’re an idiot. There are zero advantages to getting an older model unless you’re both incredibly cash strapped (and willing to take serious risks) or you specifically need some of the outdated features.
Firstly, it might actually cost you more to buy one of their old products. They’re discontinued which means you’re buying very old devices, used ones or refurbished products.
I personally wouldn’t recommend any of them, but when it comes to ‘used’ and ‘refurbished’ mobile printers then I definitely wouldn’t. One thing you non-printer-nerds have to understand is that it’s only in the last 4-5 years that both Canon and HP have pulled together products which were reliable.
Perfect mobile printing technology wasn’t easy – moving around printers with inkjet heads (which are delicate moving parts) is not so easy. It’s fine if you put it on your desk and move it once every two years, but banging around some printer in your bag requires a more specialist outlook with good results only being achieved relatively recently.
Therefore getting one of the old models is risky purely because it might not work very well, and getting a ‘used’ (broken) or ‘refurbished’ (broken previously) model can be an easy waste of money.
Couple this with the fact that many of the oldest versions are actually more expensive (although not all are) and I’m sure you can see why its’ not the best idea.
Canon’s Battery Printers in 2012
What you probably don’t know is that this is an exciting year for Canon’s small battery printers because I predict that (following the last 15 year trend) Canon will release a new mobile printer.
The longest time they’ve ever gone without releasing a new device is 4 years which means that the chances are since the iP100 is 3 years old that perhaps in this year (or one more year at the latest) they’ll be manufacturing a new and probably even superior product.
There’s no doubt that the small iP100 is better than HP’s OJ100 – but the truth is that although it’s slightly better at everything it’s not significantly better.
It’s a step up which is why it’s obviously worth purchasing but it’s not a ladder up. Ugh, what a lame metaphor. I’m actually trying to sort out a Buisness Visa for China and just got quoted 850 dollars which is quite a lot of money.
Why can’t our countries just be friends? But I digress…
If you really are looking to save some dough then Canon’s old iP90v photo printer is definitely a good option. It has some wireless options and you can get it for a 100 dollars cheaper, it’s just that there are some associated risks which (for me) would make it an unpalatable option.
Laptop Printing Connectivity Options
One useful thing about both laptops and these mobile printers is that they both have a hell of a lot of different methods of communicating with each other.
The staple now is to feature both wired and wireless options. When it comes to wireless there’s WiFi, Bluetooth and IrDA.
I don’t quite know who uses infrared anymore but the option’s still on the table and I’m sure some people will find it useful.
The most useful is definitely the Bluetooth because you don’t need to rely on a wireless access point and you can use it anywhere. All laptops nowadays come with Bluetooth anyway so it’ll work without any serious problems.
One annoyance with Bluetooth is if you’re using any *sigh* Apple products such as iPads and iPhone it’s quite complicated to print using wireless connection options.
With Bluetooth it’s actually impossible and utilizing WiFi is a big hassle too. You can go to my homepage and I explain how to print from your iPad or iPhone to a mobile printer.
Finally there are of course the good old standard wired connections which are going to be the best choice for you if you’re trying to save money.
If you want to use Bluetooth or WiFi be prepared to set aside 50 dollars for each adapter – this is true of Canon, HP and Brother.
- On the other hand a usb cable is cheap as chips and (depending on the distributor) will probably (should probably) arrive with your device.
In fact talking about extortionate extra costs the batteries for all these products is around 100 dollars (all the prices are very similar) so you if you want a printer which is truly portable and wireless you’re basically going to have pay like dollars more.
Oh joy. Some people don’t know this information by the way. What happens is that they buy a printer with no battery, no wireless options (and in some funny cases) no usb cable. They can’t even print to it without getting the extras and end up waiting another week.
It must be an incredibly annoying situation to be in… but that’s what happens when you don’t do your research. It happens to the best of us. Not me though, that’s never happened to me.
Photo Printing from your Laptop or Camera (PictBridge)
If there’s one useful aspect which both Canon and HP’s devices share in common it’s the combination of photo printing and PictBridge. Arm yourself with any of the last 4-5 mobile devices constructed within the last 8 or so years and you’ll have a printer capable of printing lab quality photographs (that’ll be sure to impress – especially if you whip it out of your bag to do it in front of everyone).
But what’s more impressive is bypassing your laptop (or notebook or net book or whatever you kids have nowadays) and plugging your printer straight into your camera.
Welcome to PictBridge.
One usb-style cable from your printer to your camera. Your camera display will pop up admittedly basic printing options and there you have it. You can waltz around with your camera and take photographs and then whip out your printer and impress everyone.
Imagine being at a conference and then talking a picture of all your clients and yourself and the product, and then in one minute having a lab quality photograph as good as you can find anywhere else. Cool right?
I mean personally for my work I couldn’t care in the slightest, but some people will care – probably.
You just need to make sure your color ink cartridges are full, you’ve got decent battery life and of course you need the right glossy card for it to print. Then you can get going and impress everyone. Super. Duper.
My Magic Conclusion Section
- For most people the iP100 is what you should be buying, it’s the best in almost every single respect.
- Buying used or old printers isn’t a good idea. They can arrive broken, aren’t necessarily cheaper.. and can be unfix-able (if they do break) because they’re basically not manufactured anymore.
- HP’s printers are inferior.
- Brother’s printers are great if you don’t care about color printing and you need a super duper tiny device that can fit into your pocket (assuming it’s a rather large pocket admittedly).
Go ahead and make your choice or you can (if you so wish) browse my delicious website for your dream laptop printer.
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