In today’s product review we’ll take a look at the Canon Pixma iP90v printer. This compact, portable, inkjet printer seems like a good option for high quality photo-printing on the go. It is expensive for a single function inkjet printer though. Is it worth the price? Let’s find out…
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Perhaps the most striking thing about the Canon Pixma iP90v printer is that it is so small, about the size of an average sized book. It can easily slip into a decent sized notebook computer case. In keeping with its portability, it offers and IrDA interface to allow wireless printing from PC’s and some cell phones (there is an optional Bluetooth adapter available at extra cost). Like most inkjet photo printers it supports PictBridge. As you would expect from a portable printer it seems to be built solidly and capable of handling moderately rugged conditions.
So far as print quality goes the Canon Pixma iP90v printer is quite good, but not perfect. I have seen better print outs from more expensive photo printers and non-portable units in the same price range. Some photos seemed a bit on the dark side or had a bluish tint to them. However, the results are a cut above less expensive photo printers in the $100-150 price range I’ve looked at. The printer has ink saver modes that work well for draft printing which can save you some money on ink costs.
The cost of operation is a little on the high side as is typical with most Canon printers. I’d estimate that for black text printing you’re looking at about 3-5 cents a page while a color photo print out is going to average around 15-20 cents a page. Finding a source of discount ink cartridges will help you here though.
Cost also rears it’s head when it comes to accessories for the Canon Pixma iP90v printer. As I mentioned previously, the Bluetooth isn’t built-in and is an extra expense. If you want to be a true road warrior and print on the go, the LK-51B battery pack and car adaptor are necessary and this will add to the price. One could easily spend $400 or more outfitting this printer.
The bottom line on this printer is that if you need portable photo printing capability then the Canon Pixma iP90v printer is a good choice. Otherwise, go with a non-portable inkjet photo printer and save some money.