Canon Pixma 480 – All-In-One Photo Printer

Canon Pixma 480 PrinterThe Canon MP480 All-in-One Photo Printer is a solid option for the features above. Just hearing the name Canon should boost your confidence. It’s a public company that has been around for several decades. Before we get to details and features for the Canon MP480, let’s start with what you probably want to know right off the bat.

Other All in Ones within This Range

Based on customer reviews, this all-in-one printer is a higher quality and better bargain than the Lexmark X5650 All In One Printer.

The Brother DCP-130C and the HP Photosmart C4280 All-in-One Printer.

The only other printer that is comparable is the Epson WorkForce 500 All-in-One Printer.

All of the listed models are at great value for money prices on Amazon, while the Canon MP480 All-in-One Photo Printer sells for around $60.

Other comments left on reviews stated that they were happy about the small footprint for an all-in-one printer, the fair price and the separate ink cartridges for better quality prints. Two reviewers felt the prints took a little too long, but not enough to keep them from buying the printer because of its quality performance.

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There can be no question over value for money on all of the above listed models considering they are all in ones. Some may find the print speed on the Canon MP480 All-in-One Photo Printer which prints at 20 pages per minute in black and 16 pages per minute in color which is a perfectly adequate speed really.

Other features that have led to high volume sales are the automatic sheet feeder holding 100 pages, and the auto scan, which will automatically detect what type of document you’re scanning, whether it’s a newspaper, a pamphlet, a photograph, or anything else that has reasonable potential to be scanned.

The scanner features Auto Scan Mode, Gutter Shadow Correction, Push Scan, Scan to Memory. It also has OS compatibility with Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP/2000 and Mac OS® X v. 10.3.9 to 10.5x. the copier features AE Copy, Borderless, Fit-to-Page, Frame Erase Copy, Multiple Copy (1-99 pages).

The standard interface is Bluetooth® v2.04 which is (Optional), Card Slots, PictBridge (Cable not included), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed.

Some other features are a four-color ink system, 2400 x 4800 color dpi resolution, and 600 x 600 dpi black. It has an auto photo fix for red eye and image enhancement. It has a total of 1,472 nozzles of which 320 are black and 1,152 being color. It can handle paper sizes of Letter, Legal, 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, U.S. #10 Envelopes.

There is a 1.8 inch display. Those are some solid stats, but one of the best features is that the printer can be run through the display screen and built-in memory card slot, as well as through some digital cameras and phones. Of course, there is no computer needed. It is also compatible with Bluetooth which can be found on Amazon for an additional $50.

It is not too big and bulky with dimensions of 17.5’’ W x 13.1” D x 6.1”” H and weighing just 12.5 lbs.

For those who want results fast, this is a great printer to consider. The QuikStart feature allows the printer to start printing in less than three seconds. It’s an excellent fit for those who are constantly placed in stressful and time-sensitive situations.

Best value

As usual, Canon found a way to undercut the competition with the Canon MP480 All-in-One Photo Printer. Being that the machine came out in August of 2008, there’s a good chance they waited and evaluated what other companies would do prior to making a decision on features and price.

This is what smart companies that have been around the block do. Once again, it paid off. If you work in a small to medium sized office or from home, you won’t find much more bang for the buck anywhere else.

It could be said its built a little cheap looking and somewhat flimsy but this is most likely one of the ways that canon have managed to keep the price down. Its performance for an all in one in this price range is more than adequate.

It’s simple to use and there are few issues with dodgy software that you need to reinstall all too often as with many other printers in this range. Few complaints about paper jams and the print quality is excellent especially on photo prints.

It may not be a world-beater in all departments but at well under $100 and wireless capability via Bluetooth for an extra $50 this is an ideal all in one printer scanner for a small business or household.

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About James Wikkee

James Wikkee has held several positions at two of the largest printer and scanner manufactures in the world. He knows the in and out of these devices through his +13 years of experience in the field.

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