The Canon Pixma iP100 is easily the best portable inkjet printer you can buy, reviews say. Although the price is high and some have issues with the paper feed, you'll get good-quality, speedy prints from a machine that's light enough to tote around.
Quality prints on the go. If you're looking for an on-the-go printer, the Canon Pixma iP100 is the best choice, reviewers say. It's quick, its paper tray can hold 50 sheets, and some experts find that print quality is similar to what full-size printers in this price range produce. "Despite its diminutive size … it can go pretty much toe to toe with desktop inkjets for speed and output quality," PCMag.com reports.
Text, graphics and photo quality isn't perfect, especially black-and-white images and while in default mode, but is quite solid considering this isn't a desktop inkjet. A professional reviewer at U.K.-based TrustedReviews.com tests color prints and reports, "Overall, photo prints from this portable printer are well up to the standard of its desktop companions." Some Amazon.com users say the paper feed doesn't work from the outset or stops working over time.
Lightweight and portable. Not only is the Canon Pixma iP100 light at just more than 5 pounds with the 100/240-volt adapter and power cord, but it also includes options such as Bluetooth interface, a rechargeable battery and a car adapter, making it one of the more portable printers out thereSome reviewers complain that add-ons -- like the cable and battery that must be purchased separately -- make the iP100 too costly. While the printer doesn't have memory-card slots or Wi-Fi connectivity, you can hook up via USB and print directly from a camera via PictBridge or connect via infrared from a cell phone.
Holding its own. As a portable printer, the Canon Pixma iP100 can't compete with the solid construction of a desktop inkjet, but many users say it holds up just fine. After more than two years of use, the printer continues to perform "flawlessly," says an Amazon.com customer. "We take it everywhere. It goes in the bag wherever we go on vacation, or on business, and has never missed a beat," he adds.
If you plan to tote the iP100 around, however, the same reviewer recommends purchasing a case to protect the printer. Other owners report at Amazon.com that the paper feed jams regularly; for some the problem began immediately, while for others it occurred after a year. Another says the printer continues to work well after 15 months of use, but he had trouble connecting via Bluetooth when he switched to Mac.
The Canon Pixma iP100 gets an "excellent" rating after testing faster than usual for a portable. It also performs better on cartridge life than its predecessor.
Review: Canon Pixma iP100 Photo Printer, M. David Stone, July 1, 2008
CNET's coverage of printers isn't encyclopedic, but testing is first rate. The Canon Pixma iP100 gets a 2008 Editors' Choice award and 4 out of 5 stars. Justin Yu says the iP100's high resolution, speed and portability justify its relatively high price.
Review: Canon Pixma iP100, Justin Yu, April 22, 2008
This isn't the best place to find comparisons between models, but testing is thorough. Simon Williams says the iP100's prints, while very good even on photos, are twice as expensive for black-and-whites as on the now-discontinued Canon Pixma iP2600.
Review: Canon Pixma iP100 Portable Printer Review, Simon Williams, Feb. 5, 2011
4. Laptop Magazine
Laptop Magazine reviews relatively few printers, so the Editors' Choice it gives the Canon Pixma iP100 is mitigated by the small sampling. However, testing is evident. Dana Wollman says the price is a bit high, but this is a good choice if you need portability.
Review: Canon Pixma iP100 Review, Dana Wollman, July 3, 2008
Out of more than 360 owner reviews here, about three out of four give the Canon Pixma iP100 4 stars out of 5 or better. Still, a sizable minority is less happy. A few say they have problems with paper jams and some wish a connective cable had been included.
Review: Canon Pixma iP100 Mobile Photo Printer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014