The Canon Pixma MP180 has no colour LCD, with only a mono display on which to edit any preferences not covered by dedicated hardware buttons. The Canon Pixma MP180 does at least have a memory card slot along with PictBridge support and caters for any memory card type you care to produce. There’s a specific button to print out an index sheet of the contents of your memory card. Resulting colour photos print quickly. Test shots averaged 173 seconds at the Canon’s highest resolution of 4,800x,1200dpi and were good quality, displaying plenty of detail.

As with the other Canon model, the Canon Pixma MP160, the Canon Pixma MP180’s document feeder occasionally slants pages. We found the MP Navigator software basic but easy to use. The Canon Pixma MP180’s scanner is able to accurately detect document edges and crop in scans accordingly. Scans max out at 1,200x2,400dpi. It was slightly quicker than the Canon Pixma MP160 at 300dpi scanning but although the Canon Pixma MP180 is supposed to be capable of scanning at 1,200dpi we could not carry this out as the MP Navigator software that came with the MP180 could reach only a resolution of 600dpi. Scans also looked slightly grey and lacked clarity.

Colour copies using the Canon Pixma MP180 were of a reasonable standard. Although they looked a little washed out, they easily surpassed those of the Canon Pixma MP160 and came out at a reasonable speed. Banding in mono copies was less obvious than the Canon Pixma MP160, with better quality.

Although the Canon Pixma MP180 was not the fastest when printing text in draft mode the results were far better than many of the other models. Standard and high-quality text was crisp and clear but it was the slowest of the eight models tested this month.

Verdict

Although the Canon Pixma MP180 is reasonably priced, it suffers from slanted documents and slow output of prints.


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