Canon Pixma iP90v Printer Review

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…

Review Continued Below…

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.

 


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Comment by Moving House
2009-02-24 17:59:51

If you are on the move then the Canon Pixma iP90v printer looks like a good option for those who need high quality printing! I thought that was what email was for though - I hardly ever print stuff out these days!

 
Comment by The Blogger Source
2009-02-24 20:19:16

Portable printers just never seem to have good enough quality. I’ve used an HP for basic printing of B&W docs. I would like to see a print out to see how well this new model does.

 
Comment by RNB Love Songs
2009-02-25 08:36:28

Honestly, what’s the point of printers like these? Does anyone actually print their own photos instead of just ordering prints?

 
Comment by Best CSS Gallery
2009-02-25 08:40:25

I’d love to have a printer like this! But it’s a bit too expensive for me

 
Comment by Typhoon
2009-02-26 06:38:46

The printer looks to be good..I don have any printer but may need in future for my school projects..So it might be my choice to go with.

 
Comment by Funny Junk
2009-02-26 23:15:17

This looks like it’s good for people on the go, and maybe at school, but it’s too expensive for me.

 
2009-03-01 08:27:01

Great review! I’ve never been a huge fan of portable printers nor photo printers in general, only because I’ve had great luck with companies like snap fish. The price differential doesn’t seem to be cost-effective to me. But anyhow, I will pass this on to those looking at printers!

Comment by RNB Love Songs
2009-03-02 09:30:09

I’m with you on this one. It seems silly to have a printer like this. How often do you need your pictures that immediate?

 
 
Comment by Karmin
2009-03-02 12:45:45

I do a lot of event photography in the west and we shoot and print on site. This is one printer that does a fine job for us doing smaller sized prints.

 
Comment by Odzyskiwanie Danych
2009-03-03 03:11:23

It sounds great but paying that much for a printer seems a little unnecessary. At least I can’t see much use for printing on the go…

 
Comment by The Blogger Source
2009-03-05 15:17:15

I did go test drive one, for a basic “portable” printer it will server your needs. If you NEED something printed NOW.

 
Comment by Meeting rooms
2009-03-18 06:03:13

I started photography as a hobby, but now does it professionally. This looks like it’s good for people on the go, and maybe at school, but it’s too expensive for me. Thanks for your views

 
Comment by Web Marketing
2009-03-19 08:31:57

Nice and portable, but the expensive extras and cartridges will steer me towards a bulkier, cheaper overall option myself. It all depends on what your specific needs and applications are at the end of the day.

 
Comment by bluetooth gps
2009-03-21 03:52:07

Canon has been terrific really not only in camera department but also in the printer area. Looks to be an amazing portable Canon printer.

Comment by Typhoon
2009-03-23 05:57:10

Yup..Cannon is top in Camera selling and also pretty much good in Printers..

 
 
Comment by Black Labradors
2009-03-28 01:18:57

You have to love a small printer. Printers do nothing but get in the way. The smaller the better, as long as they do not sacrifice quality.

 
Comment by Setai miami
2009-04-08 04:27:34

I was very satisfied with this printer however it’s goes through the paper and ink extremely fast so actualy printing longer documents on it can get pretty expensive.

 
Comment by netbooks
2009-04-12 10:12:03

cannon pixma ip90v
Easy to use and prints quick. Have not tested the blue tooth technology. A little heavy for transporting. Overall 4 star.

 
Comment by Used Tires
2009-04-15 05:53:20

Great review as always =D I think you’ve become quite an expert at doing these reviews I must say =D

 
Comment by Online Shopping
2009-05-25 14:39:31

I got a new PIXMA iP90v less than 2 month ago. When I start to print, I am getting service error 5C00. As soon as I turn on my “PIXMA iP90v” it ejects 2 papers then it moves the print head left and then to the right and the drum which moves paper turns for some seconds and then lights blinks amber and green four times cycles. When I open the black top cover printer head is not coming to the center. it says Blank ink tank is running low. I put 2 new black and color ink tanks still i have same problem I can’t print any thing. If you please can help me I really appreciate it.

 
Comment by Stylist Tools
2009-08-25 14:19:42

For my money, you can’t beat a laser printer. I change out the toner once a year, and it lasts forever. The big mistake people make is using inkjets for printing documents.

 
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