Friday, March 19, 2010

Canon PIXMA MP145 in the office! (Full review)

 Introducing our new member in the office!
(not exactly a living member though...)



 The all-in-one CANON PIXMA MP145!!!

 Scan, Copy & Print! 

Specifications 

Printer type: Multifunction, Inkjet
 Dimensions (W x D x H) = 443 x 381 x 181 mm
 Weight 6.3 kg
Output type: Color

Print speed
Black & White: 15 ppm
Color: 20 ppm

Scanner type: Flatbed


Unboxing CANON PIXMA MP145...

Price Tag: RM185 / SGD78

Unboxing of the printer

 Canon is the brand, PIXMA is the family :)
Top view

Slightly side view

The stuff included is the Driver CD, Manuals, cable, b&w and color ink cartridge and free pack of 5 pieces glossy paper from Canon.

I read from some reviews saying the included ink cartridge, the PG-830 and CL-831 (as seen from the above picture) won't even last 5 minutes for heavy and continuous printing works but I also was told by the salesperson that the included ink cartridge was actually a half tanked cartridge about 8ml of ink.

The actual one which are PG-40 and CL-41 actually has a bigger ink capacity, 16ml. So if the capacity doubled, the period of time for the cartridge to empty also doubled. Let's say, now you can print your materials continuously for 10 minutes (only applicable for fully coloured pages material).
 My partner placing the ink cartridge according to the instructions given.


The interior of the printer, the ink cartridge is at the right side.

Tadaa! Printer is ready to be use!

At first we tried to print out our Identification Cards for black and white test, the result was ok. Well it's black and white, we can't really see the difference.

Next is, the color printing...
Results of our driving license for color printing test. The color looks almost the same and the scanner did quite a good job on the sharpness of the printing.
Next, we tried the Canon Glossy Photo Paper.

It is not a must to set the printer on 4" x 6" Photo Paper mode when you are printing through the photo software included in the driver.

Place the glossy photo paper at the most left side of the insert.

Below are the results.

On the left side is the matte paper and on the right side is the glossy paper.
You can actually see a very big difference on the colour and contrast of the image.
The quality of the glossy paper looks exactly like the normal 4R photos that you develope at those digital processing shops. Just that it is less durable and the colour might fade from time to time.
Thanks to the high demand, glossy paper is now very affordable and might be cheaper than developing at digital processing shops. If I'm really wrong about this, at least you can save your petrol, parking fee and waiting time by printing your own 4R digital photo, right?

My Conclusion
Within 2 weeks of our daily usage. We have already use half of the cartridge.
I am not worry about it yet, as long as I have prepared the injection-type of ink refill that we bought for RM65 for black and coloured ink. This saves us a lot of cash, convenient and at the same time it helps to save our environment from manufacturing more plastic cartridges.

P/S: Ohhh... forgot to mention to ya'll... I still love my NIKON! Unless Canon want to consider to sponsor me their pro DSLR models + L lens... I'm very open to receive it and be their faithful user! LOL :P


-PEACE-