PIXMA IP2702 PERFORMANCE
Setting up the Pixma iP2702
The Pixma iP2702 is so simple that a user can plug the printer in, install the cartridges, load paper, connect it to the computer and it’s ready to print. However, Canon recommends, via the Getting Started Guide, that users wait to connect the printer to the computer until after installing the drivers/software found on the included CD.
Either way, the Pixma iP2702 setup took less than ten minutes from unpacking to printing.
Ease of use
It’s hard to find a single function inkjet printer on the market today that isn’t easy to use. The most complicated day to day task is making sure the right paper is loaded in the rear tray avoiding wasted ink, photo paper or time. I’ve forgotten to switch photo paper out before and it’s a real bummer.
There are two buttons/lamps that make up the control panel: power and alarm. Use the power button to turn on the iP2702 (signified by a green colored lamp) and use the alarm button to let the printer know you have corrected an issue (signified by a flashing orange lamp).
Canon provides their Solution Menu, My Printer and Easy PhotoPrint EX software on the included CD. I enjoy using all three programs because of their intuitive design and functionality. The Solution Menu is the hub and especially useful with a single function printer like the iP2702 since it has no display on the printer. Connect to both My Printer and Easy PhotoPrint EX through the Solution Menu as well as register devices, browse the online manual and get access to creative projects on Canon.com.
My Printer allows users to troubleshoot, change print settings, get status reports and self diagnose and repair the iP2702 while Easy PhotoPrint EX allows consumers to print photos, albums, calendars and stickers from your personal library or removable media. What’s great about all the software is it can be downloaded once and used with multiple Canon Pixma products.
Users can also run maintenance, change print settings and get status information from the print properties/preferences menu found in the print menu on most word processors and internet browsers.
Prints speed and quality
Since Canon jumped on board with ISO print speeds, they have been one of the only manufacturers consistent about advertising accurate print speeds for their products. For instance, Canon estimates that the iP2702 will print up to 7 ipm in black and 4.8 ipm in color. During our tests, we found that the iP2702 did print about 7 ppm in standard print mode when printing strictly black and white text documents and slowed down to about 4 ppm when color was introduced.
However, we did notice lengthy processing (warm up) times up to a minute before a print job would start after any extended period of non use. These processing times can slow down the overall print speed.
When printing photos, the iP2702 prints 4×6 images at an average rate of 43 seconds while an 8.5 x 11 photo print can take over two minutes. Again, we occasionally saw lengthy processing times if the printer was between jobs or had just been turned on.
The iP2702 does offer manual duplexing for users that want to conserve paper but it will more than double the average print time.
Quality wise, the iP2702 does a great job with black and white text documents in both the standard print mode and the fast draft mode. If you are trying to conserve ink, I would definitely recommend the fast draft mode because it’s still decent quality.
When printing color photos, the iP2702 did a good job for a budget friendly printer. Canon sells the iP2702 for $49.99 (but it’s often sold for $29.99 by online vendors and big box stores) and so the quality and resolution is not quite as good as higher end models from both Canon and competitors.
However, I was impressed by the color output by the iP2702; the colors were vibrant and fairly accurate as you can see from our sample balloon image below. I think the photos printed by the iP2702 are suitable for albums or frames, especially when printing high resolution digital images.