Canon Pixma MP280 First Look

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The Canon Pixma MP280 is the entry level model from the 2010 release of eight photo printers and the last, but certainly not least, of the bunch to be reviewed by the staff of PrinterComparison.

Like all the new Pixma Photo printers, the Pixma MP280 features a sleek new glossy black design with silver accents, Full HP Movie Print, the Easy Photo Print app for Android and enhanced photo software that connected to Flickr.

Today, we’ll be taking a hands-on first look at the Pixma MP280 Photo All-in-One with an overview of specifications, build, design, pricing and plenty of photos taken in our lab. Want more? Take a look at our review the Pixma MP280’s big sister, the Pixma MP495, or check back soon for the full review of the Canon Pixma MP280 Photo All-in-One.


  • 3-in-1 device: print, scan and copy
  • Print speeds: up to 8.4 ipm in black, 4.8 ipm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
  • Full HD Movie Print
  • Rear tray capacity: 100 sheets
  • Connectivity: Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • Energy Star certified
  • 1-year limited warranty with Instant Exchange program

The Pixma MP280’s new design consists of a glossy black exterior with silver accents and a Canon logo on the front panel and is nearly identical to its big sister, the Pixma MP495. Both models are more compact then previous generations with storage dimensions of 18 x 13 x 6 inches (W x D x H) and a total weight just over 12 lbs.

The 24-bit external flatbed scanner is found under the top lid bearing a small Pixma logo in the middle. The Pixma MP280 can scan documents up to 8.5 x 11.7 inches and features Canon’s Gutter Shadow Correction.

To the right of the scanner resides the 10-button control panel. Since the MP280 is the entry level model, there is no LCD panel, Intelligent Touch System or Easy Scroll Wheel (seen on other Pixma Photo printers).

Pull open the output tray and lift up below the scanner to access the dual ink system inside of the Pixma MP280. Canon provides two standard capacity cartridges: the CL-211 dye-based color cartridge and the PG-210 pigment-based black ink cartridge. Canon also sells high capacity cartridges for the MP280: the CL-211 XL color cartridge and the PG-210 XL black cartridge.

The 100-sheet collapsible rear tray is compatible with a variety of media including: Legal copy paper, U.S. #10 envelopes, 4×6 photo paper, 8.5 x 11 inch Fine Art paper, etc.

Canon offers Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity for the Pixma MP280. All connections can be found on the back of the Pixma MP280.

The Canon Pixma MP280 Photo All-in-One is available now through Canon Direct and authorized vendors for the suggested retail price of $69.99.

A standard set of Canon cartridges, CL-211 and PG-210, will set a user back $36.98 while a combo pack of high capacity ink, CL-211 XL and PG-210 XL, with 50 sheets of 4×6 Glossy photo paper will cost $49.99.  All supplies and accessories are available through Canon directly.

Canon includes a 1-year limited warranty with their Instant Exchange program.



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