Ink control tests
In our tests, we exhaust (printing until the color runs out) a new set of cartridges. In this case, “exhaustion” means the printer will not print another “quality” document without a replacement. We print at a ratio of three pages of black and white text to one full page of color. We decided on the 3:1 ratio because we felt that the average user is printing more text than color.
The Canon Pixma iP2702 includes the standard set of ink: the Canon PG-210 pigment-based black ink cartridge and CL-211 dye-based tri-color cartridge (also used with the Canon Pixma MX340 and Pixma MX350) in the original packaging. Canon does offer high capacity ink cartridges for the Pixma iP2702: the Canon PG-210 XL pigment-based black ink cartridge and the Canon CL-211 XL dye-based tri-color cartridge. However, we did not test those cartridges since they were not included in the original packaging.
At the ratio of 3:1 in Canon’s standard printing mode, the Pixma iP2702 printed about 240 pages before the printer elicited a status message alerting me that both cartridges were running low. There was no message about cartridges expiring or running an expired cartridge could hurt the printer that I’ve become accustomed to from other Pixma’s I’ve reviewed. So I continued to print until I noticed the quality of the prints were diminished. The Pixma iP2702 printed 276 pages before I noticed the color ink had run dry due to faded color prints.
These seem like fairly standard numbers based on our recent review of the Canon Pixma MX350, which uses the same cartridges.
I like that there was no threatening message or complete shut down because the cartridges were running low or were empty. It simply tells the user that cartridges are low and the customer makes the judgment call on how much longer they will continue to use them.
The down side could be that if the user isn’t paying attention, they could run out of ink in the middle of an important job. On the plus side, I had no paper jams to report. The Pixma iP2702 uses a rear loading system and the paper path is simple and direct.
The Canon Pixma iP2702 will conserve energy for customers; it uses only 1 W of energy when powered on and between 8 to 10 W when printing. The iP2702 is a part of Canon’s Generation Green product line and is Energy Star qualified as well as RoHS compliant.
- Low initial cost
- Easy setup, use
- Good software
- Expensive ink replacement over long run
- Occasional lengthy processing
These days, it is so easy to get an all-in-one inkjet photo printer at a reasonable cost that single function inkjets are few and far between. There are several options under $100 that can give the consumer more than the Pixma iP2702 can and a plethora of options under $200 that can give consumers superb photo quality.
Having said that, I would like to point out that the Pixma iP2702 isn’t a bad product. It is all Canon advertises it to be: energy efficient, compact, affordable (at least initially) and easy to use. If you are looking for a cheap printer for a dorm room or desktop that simply needs to print at a touch of a button, the iP2702 could be the perfect device.
And most likely, the individual purchasing the iP2702 doesn’t have a high print volume so the ink replacement may not be an issue. But keep in mind that a set of high capacity Canon ink cartridges cost only $1 less than the printer itself ($48.98 for the ink versus $49.99 for the printer).
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Canon Pixma iP2702 photo inkjet printer is available now on Canon.com for the suggested retail value of $49.99.
Supplies and accessories can also be found on Canon.com. Users will need to purchase a USB print cord since the iP2702 is not shipped with one. Replacement cartridges will cost $36.98 for a standard set (PG-210 and CL-211) or $48.98 for the high-capacity set (PG-210 XL and CL-211 XL).