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Canon Pixma MP980 review

£152.75 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Canon

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 1 out of 10

Canon's Pixma MP980 colour inkjet multifunction printer offers many premium-level features for photo enthusiasts.

Canon's Pixma MP980 colour inkjet multifunction printer offers many premium-level features for photo enthusiasts.

For its price, the Canon Pixma MP980 could be better in some ways, but it is, at least, progressive.

The control panel (integrated into the Canon Pixma MP980's scanner lid) is innovatively designed. Taking a cue from Apple's iPod, it features a scrollwheel that you push to rotate through menu items shown on the large, tiltable, 3.5in colour LCD. Rotating feels faster, but if it makes you dizzy, traditional four-way arrow buttons encircle the scrollwheel and serve the same purpose.

Two slim, black buttons below the Canon Pixma MP980's LCD handle context-sensitive on-screen options, but the buttons are a bit too far away from the screen to be obviously associated with it. The only really confusing part: a button called "NAVI" has nothing to do with navigation (our best guess); rather, it lets you jump to frequently-used functions.

The silvery, boxy design of the Canon Pixma MP980 has a lot of features - and some drawbacks. Connectivity includes USB, ethernet, and Wi-Fi; a Bluetooth adaptor is a pay-for extra. An automatic duplexer offers easy, two-sided printing.

You get two input trays with the Canon Pixma MP980: one that slides underneath and takes up to 150 sheets of plain paper, and a rear-loading one that takes a wider variety of media. The rear tray's telescoping panels move awkwardly and feel cheap and rattlely. The output tray flips out automatically when you print, but it holds just 50 sheets.

One shortcoming particular to Canon printers: the media slots take CF, SD, and MS. But for any other kind of camera media (micro- or mini-SD and xD, among others), you'll need a third-party adaptor.

Compared to the competition in our tests, the Canon Pixma MP980 achieved average speeds of 8.1 pages per minute (ppm) printing text and 2.5 ppm printing graphics - but they're far short of Canon's claims of 26 ppm for text and 21 ppm for graphics. On plain paper, text looked very black and crisp; colour graphics looked a little pale, and flesh tones looked orangey. On Canon's own photo paper, images looked detailed and natural, though still a little on the pale side.

Ink costs are reasonable.

Canon Pixma MP980 Expert Verdict »

Colour inkjet printer, copier scanner
Printer Standard Resolution: 9600dpi x 2400dpi
Colour Copier, Reduce/Enlarge: 25 to 400%
Auto Intensity (AE copy), Manual Intensity Adjustment, Image Repeat copy, Fit-to-page copy, Borderless copy, Sticker copy, 2-on-1 copy, 4-on-1copy, Frame Erase copy, Shadow erase, Trimming/Masking copy, Photo reprint, Face brightener, Fade restoration, Manual colour adjustment (brightness/contrast/hue)
Flatbed CCD scanner
Scanner Optical Resolution: 4800dpi x 9600dpi
Scanner Resolution Enhanced: 19200 x 19200dpi
Scanner Bit Depth: 48-bit/24-bit
automatic duplexing
150 Sheet Input Tray
150 Sheet Cassette
1 Disc DVD/CD-R Tray
3.5in LCD monitor
10 BaseT/100 BaseTX
IEEE 802.11b/g
USB 2.0
Sony Memory Stick, Compact Flash, MicroDrive, Secure Digital, xD-Picture Card, MultiMedia Card
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Considering the Canon Pixma MP980's price, we would have liked a faster machine with fewer oddities. However, it's solidly built and reasonably priced to run, and therefore still well worth considering.

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