If you've ever thought about making prints with your laptop while you're on the run, there's a new 4.4-pound portable printer from Canon that might be just the device you need. The Canon Pixma iP100 has a slew of features that will give you picture perfect photos at high resolutions on the spot.
The device has a 5-color ink system that can print out photo-lab quality photos (4"x6" borderless print) in 50 seconds. That's faster than previous models of the printer. For about $50, you can get a bluetooth adapter (Canon BU-30) to print your photos wirelessly. The printer is PictBridge compatible, which means you can also print directly from your digital camera with a USB cord connection from your camera to the iP100.
Cost of Printing
Just about everyone knows that its not the printers that cost so much money, it's the accessories such as ink cartridges and paper. The iP100 itself is not all that expensive. It costs $250 when you buy it at the Canon web site, but you can get it for $175 at newegg.com. The printer takes two ink cartridges--color and black. Color ink (CLI-36) is $17 and black (PGI-35) is $12, or nearly $30 a pop for ink. The printer has a compartment for a rechargeable battery, but the battery is extra. It's $100.
The printer and accessories are probably worth the price as the printer gets high ratings. Newegg.com gave it a 5/5. CNET rated it a 8/10, saying that the device has the "highest resolution available in the mobile printer market." PCmag notes that the printer is fast, but you don't get much bang for your buck with regard to how many copies you get per ink cartridge.