Canon Pixma iP1800
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 1855B002
- Bottom Line:
- With its decent print speeds, serviceable print quality, and great software package, the Canon Pixma iP1800 is a good choice for home users who want an inexpensive inkjet printer for basic printing needs.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $65.00
- Reviewed by: Felisa Yang
- Edited by: Matthew Elliott
- Reviewed on: 04/23/2007
- Released on: 03/19/2007
The good: Decent print quality and speed for the price; inexpensive inkjet printer; great software bundle; supports Vista.
The bad: No output tray; stingy warranty.
The bottom line: With its decent print speeds, serviceable print quality, and great software package, the Canon Pixma iP1800 is a good choice for home users who want an inexpensive inkjet printer for basic printing needs.
Good quality but thirsty
by randy915 on June 1, 2007
Pros: Fast initialization and printing, decent print quality, good looking, inexpensive
Cons: VERY ink thirsty, fingerprint/dust magnet, no tray to store printouts
Summary: This is a nice, inexpensive USB inkjet printer for both text and photos. It can even handle the duties of a small office printing flyers but because of its ink ...
Summary: This is a nice, inexpensive USB inkjet printer for both text and photos. It can even handle the duties of a small office printing flyers but because of its ink guzzling usage, SOHO use can get expensive. I recommend getting Ink Saver (inksaver.com) to cut back on ink usage without sacrificing quality. Overall I recommend it for home users but try to stay away from it if you consistently print over 100 pages a week.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nice printer for the price
by BrodieB on May 21, 2007
Pros: Good print quality, nice looks, east set up
Cons: IT'S BIG - need lots of desk room, no output tray
Summary: I purchased this printer to go with my new Vista PC and I like it a lot. It was a breeze to set up (even in Vista) and text looks ...
Summary: I purchased this printer to go with my new Vista PC and I like it a lot. It was a breeze to set up (even in Vista) and text looks really sharp on the prints. It is also very fast - black and white prints take less than a second and color is speedy too. Print quality looks realy good to me - I owuld not rely on it for photos but for normal printing needs it is more than ready.
Ink looks to be pretty affordable and is easy to install. You also get some bundled scrapbook and photo software - but I left it off my system.
The printer is large and needs a lot of desk space. It also has it own power button - which may be a good thing to some people - but I prefer a printer that is one when the PC is on and off when the PC is off. The lack of an output tray is not a big deal for me since I would not have the desk space for the printer if it were any larger.
Overall, I think under $50 is a good deal on a nice looking and nice featured printer. Set up is easy and prints look good - what more could you want for the money?
NOTE: Mine is the "special edition" one from Wal-Mart. I can find no difference in the product but there may be some minor changes from the model I use and the one reviewed by CNet.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Awesome printer, especially for such a low price
by LMF5000 on August 8, 2008
Pros: Very fast compared to my previous printer (an HP 3600), also more silent and has good print quality
Cons: No paper output tray, shiny plastic will get scratched if you wipe it hard with tissue paper in an attempt to remove the dust it magically attracts (I speak from experience)!
Summary: I really like this printer, I leave it on fast mode all the time and the quality is good enough for printing school assignments. It prints quickly, I've never ...
Summary: I really like this printer, I leave it on fast mode all the time and the quality is good enough for printing school assignments. It prints quickly, I've never had a paper jam, and when doing manual duplexing it hardly ever sucks up two papers at once (as compared to my previous printer, an HP 3600 that used to suck up two pages every time I duplex, thus ruining the entire document every time...). What I don't like is that it takes it a while to print the very first page right after you turn it on (it spends a lot of time cleaning and turning the rollers and I don't know what else), and I've noticed that if you're trying to print a document with both colour and black and white text, while in normal quality mode, it uses the colour cartridge for the entire page, so the black text comes out dark brown not black. Obviously this also wastes the colour cartridge unnecessarily. This problem is easily solved - if you switch the quality to "fast", it uses the black cartridge for black and the colour cartridge for colour (ironic, the document actually ends up looking better in "fast" mode than in "normal" mode because of this).
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good for casual photo printing
by mike5335 on October 26, 2007
Pros: Inexpensive, good software, decent quality photos
Cons: No output tray, no direct camera support
Summary: Inexpensive photo printers have come a LONG way from my old Epson Stylus 980. Much better quality, much improved pricing. Ink is still expensive particularly compared to the $43 I ...
Summary: Inexpensive photo printers have come a LONG way from my old Epson Stylus 980. Much better quality, much improved pricing. Ink is still expensive particularly compared to the $43 I paid for the printer with cartridges at Wal*Mart.
A simple output tray would be nice so that output isn't simply shoved across the desk or onto the floor.
The included setup program made it easy to set head alignment for best output. And photo output on gloss photo paper is quite good to my untrained eyes. A friend said, looking at a photo I printed, "Thats from a printer???!!!!". A pretty good compliment for an inexpensive printer.
Printer status monitoring software works well except when I use the printer on my low-end print server. The printer works fine but monitoring apparently works only through one print server that Canon has approved. Canon tech support pointed at the print server maker and the print server tech support pointed at Canon's software. Sometimes you get what you pay for!
Direct camera support would be nice but see the last sentence in the paragraph above.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Looks great, attractive price
by draekon on April 10, 2007
Pros: Fast text printing, beautiful exterior, light weight
Cons: The iP1700 is 2ppm faster, no scanner/copier
Summary: I work computer sales, so I do have some sense of how this product measures up to other printers on the market today. The resolution, 1200 x 4800 dpi, is ...
Summary: I work computer sales, so I do have some sense of how this product measures up to other printers on the market today. The resolution, 1200 x 4800 dpi, is more or less standard for most photo printers. PPM (pages per minute) can range from 16ppm to 26ppm for black and white text for photo printers, to upwards of 35 ppm for office jets. Personally, I never print photos... my colored ink usually dries up before I get the chance to use it all, so I can't say much about that sort of thing. It's the same resolution as the iP1700 (which got good reviews on photo printing). I wouldn't say it would do a sad job, but for those serious about making nice-looking photo prints, I would go for something with six or more cartridges in general to get better color resolution. Also there are other similarly-priced models, like the Lexmark X1270, that include a scanner/copier which comes in handy sometimes, but then that would have made the product bigger and heavier- the size and light wieght is a plus for this model. There's really nothing exceptional about its performance, and with printers under $50, you can't expect a lot of features like PC-free printing, etc. But, all that aside, I really am a fan of its dimensions/appearance. Apart from the fact it gets fingerprints easy, the shiny black exterior is really attractive compared to the humdrum grey or white color most printers have. I also love how compact it is. The paper feeder folds down so it becomes a box shape. Its great for storage, and you can set stuff on top of it when you're not using it. It's also light wieght so you can easily take it with you places if you need to, and the fact it doest have a paper tray jutting out awkwardly gives you, again, better storage, and more desk space when youre not using it. Also, the paper feeds nicely -- not a huge paper capacity, but the paper stacks in on top, so its easy to put more in. All in all, its a really ideal purchase if you are a) just looking for "a printer" and nothing fancy, b) don't have a lot of room and want something you can store and/or uses as little desk space as possible or c) want a cheap printer that makes decent photos.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Terrible photo output quality. Extremely dull colours.
by kokyl on January 13, 2011
Pros: Can't think of any
Cons: Photos printed using this printer has extremely dull colours. The Pits! :-(
Worst printer ever. Never loads paper, then jams.
by photogeek67 on November 5, 2010
Pros: Print quality is decent.
Cons: It will never load properly. The other day I finally got it to work, and today there is a "paper jam". There isn't. And I'm not an idiot, I'm actually pretty tech-savvy. This printer makes my blood boil.
Summary: Essentially, if you can get this damn thing to work, it's decent quality printing, but the printer is not set up for easy loading of paper. It is the ...
Summary: Essentially, if you can get this damn thing to work, it's decent quality printing, but the printer is not set up for easy loading of paper. It is the stupidest design I've ever encountered.
Better as a paperweight.
by voxpopuli78 on January 17, 2010
Pros: When it worked I guess it printed as expected. Every printer should do that.
Cons: Installed new ink cartridges and it all of a sudden wouldn't load paper anymore. Guess the ink sensor knew it was a new ink cartridge and Canon made their money so it stopped working.
Summary: Save your money and don't buy from Canon. There are plenty of places to review the good and the bad. If you can find something that is a year ...
Summary: Save your money and don't buy from Canon. There are plenty of places to review the good and the bad. If you can find something that is a year old you'll be set as it should have plenty reviews to make an informed answer. As for my luck it seems if it weren't for bad with printers then I'd have none.
Totally regret buying it
by akajessica on January 3, 2009
Pros: It looks nice, and it was cheap... hmmmm... that's about it
Cons: It is brand new and does not feed paper properly so it just ends up jamming it!! Read more about the cons below
Summary: Well bottom line I regret getting this printer. when I bought this printer with my new computer it didn't come with the cable so I had to spend extra $ ...
Summary: Well bottom line I regret getting this printer. when I bought this printer with my new computer it didn't come with the cable so I had to spend extra $ on one, but I guess nowadays that's the norm. Anyway, I have NEVER been able use it after installing it. It DOES NOT feed the paper properly leaving the paper to get jammed! We have looked through the paper manual the onscreen manual, online, nothing gives us an answer to why it will not work. We have even tried tech support (that was a joke) We are putting the right size paper (tried 3 different sizes) cleaned it (why it would need cleaning when it is brand new is beyond me) and have done every other possible trouble shooting technique out there. we didn't spend a lot of money on this printer so it is going to cost us more then we paid for it to get it fixed... Needless to say I guess you get what you pay for. We are going to try to return it and get something else and be done with this nuisance..........
Updated on Jan 4, 2009
I'm satisfied with the print quality, but no tray??
by chism263 on April 10, 2008
Pros: prints efficiently and prints quality images
Cons: no print tray
Summary: The only thing about this printer that bugs me is that if you are printing regular documents (opposed to printing pictures)there is no print tray, so your print outs ...
Summary: The only thing about this printer that bugs me is that if you are printing regular documents (opposed to printing pictures)there is no print tray, so your print outs will shoot out of the printer onto your desk or where ever you have your printer stationed. Imagine having 10 or more pages scattered on your desk after printing. Other than that, it gets the job done.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 1855B002
- Description: Take advantage of high quality photo printing at an affordable price with PIXMA iP1800. Print borderless photos up to A4 size with ease. Also print perfect documents, web pages and schoolwork fast and efficiently.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Printer Type Photo printer - Ink-jet - Ink-jet - Color - Color
- Localization New Zealand,
- Ink Palette (Colors) 4-ink - cyan, magenta, yellow, black
- Nozzle Configuration 320 nozzles (black), 3 x 384 nozzles (cyan, magenta, yellow)
- Minimum Ink Droplet Size 2 pl
- Print Speed up to 20 ppm - B/W,
up to 16 ppm - Color
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Interface USB USB
- Max Resolution ( Color ) 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi 4800 x 1200 dpi
- Printer Features Borderless printing
- Media Type Plain paper ,
- Media Size Class Legal
- Max Media Size Legal (216 x 356 mm)
- Media Sizes B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in),
Legal (8.5 in x 14 in),
A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in),
A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in),
Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in),
2.1 in x 3.4 in,
4 in x 6 in,
5 in x 7 in
- Envelope Sizes International DL (4.33 in x 8.66 in)
- Media Weight 64 g/m2 - 273 g/m2
- Modem None
- Networking None
- Type None
- Copier Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Expansion Bays None
- Expansion Slot(s) None
- Connections 1 x USB 2.0 - 4 pin USB Type B
- Consumables Included 1 x Ink tank ( Black ) - Canon PG-37,
1 x Ink tank ( Color ) - Canon CL-38
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
- Power Device Power supply
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
- Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
- Power Consumption Operational 7 Watt
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.7 Watt
- Type None
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Canon Easy-PhotoPrint,
Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000,
Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 or later,
Microsoft Windows XP,
Microsoft Windows Vista
- ENERGY STAR Yes
- Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Sound Emission (Operating) 44.5 dBA
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 17.4 in
- Depth 9.3 in
- Height 6 in
- Weight 7.3 lbs
CNET Labs' Benchmarks
- CNET Labs Photo Speed Test (pages per minute) 0.72
- CNET Labs Presentation Speed Test (pages per minute) 1.98
- CNET Labs Printer Graphics Speed Test (pages per minute) 1.79
- CNET Labs Text Speed Test (pages per minute) 5.82
- Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss SG-201 - semi-gloss photo paper - 20 sheet(s) (35130031)9.99 - 29.26
- Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss SG-201 - semi-gloss photo paper - 50 sheet(s) (35130035)29.95 - 47.14
- Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss SG-201 - semi-gloss photo paper - 50 sheet(s) (35130034)79.00 - 125.03
- Silex Pricom C-6700WG - print server (33722386)97.00 - 130.33
- Canon PG 40 Black Twin Pack - ink tank (32335113)13.95 - 126.00