Stasha and I are constantly looking for items we can replace with smaller, more travel-friendly items. In this review I want to share a pretty incredible device, the Canon PIXMA iP100. This little printer is very well thought out with the mobile professional in mind. I’m not going to say it’s the smallest printer you will find, but I think the print quality, flexibility, optional add-ons, and price make this little guy hard to beat.
Let’s start with the size and weight. The dimensions are 12.7″(W) x 2.4″(H) x 7.2″(D) and it weighs 4.4 lbs. Those dimensions mean very little until you see it firsthand. It looks more like an accessory to a printer than an actual printer. You can see in the picture it is about the same size as a box of cereal. Every time I go to use it I am just blown away at how small it really is. You won’t be disappointed.
You also won’t be disappointed with the picture quality. Without getting too much into the technical details, the Canon iP100 is just a smaller version of a desktop printer. The quality of photo prints is equal to or better than most of its larger counterparts. It even has the ability to print border-less if you want to print your own 4 x 6 photos. If you will be using it primarily for documents, you will appreciate the separate ink cartridges for black and color.
The iP100 works great for us as it came out of the box. Our main goal was to have a very portable printer and I couldn’t be happier with our choice. If you truly want to make it a mobile printer, Canon offers two accessories that provide some great features. The first is a rechargeable lithium battery for $100 that attaches to the back of the printer. The other is a bluetooth adapter for $50 that would allow printing from a phone or laptop.
We are perfectly happy with ours as is and I really don’t think either accessory is worth the extra money unless you need to print on the road. It would have been nice to have had built-in wireless printing but it wasn’t a deal breaker for us. As a side note, our last printer offered scan and copy functions that are not available with this printer. We found an app for our iPhone that allows you to take pictures of documents and save them as a PDF right from your phone. It’s very easy to use and works great for documents. This particular app is not available on Android but I’m sure there are others.