Canon Pixma MP280 Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Overall good quality photos (especially for the price tag)
    • Easy to use and install
    • Dependable: no jamming, misfeeding, or misaligning
  • Cons

    • The print head takes a while to align before starting a new print job
    • 4x6 photo printing could be better
    • No wireless option

The Canon Pixma MP280 is an entry level all-in-one printer, scanner, and copier with enhanced photo printing capabilities. It was the budget-friendly model out of its line of eight photo printers released by Canon in 2010. Taking on the new Pixma photo printer look, it features a simple glossy black design with silver accents just like the previously reviewed sister product, the Canon Pixma MP495.

Canon has included Full HP Movie Print and photo editing software, as well as the Easy Photo Print app for Android smartphones in the package.

Moreover, this photo all-in-one offers high color resolution color photo capabilities with a maximum of 4800 x 1200 dpi and is Energy Star certified. It is currently selling for only $70 from Canon’s website; so keep reading to find out if this is the right printer for you. Our reviews include an overview of specifications, testing results, a summary of the build and design, and more.


  • 3-in-1: print, scan, and copy
  • Print speeds: Black: 8.4 ipm; Color: 4.8 ipm
  • Print resolution: Color: 4800 x 1200 dpi; Black: 600 x 600 dpi
  • Full HD Movie Print
  • Rear tray capacity: up to 100 sheets
  • Connectivity: Hi-speed 2.0 USB
  • Energy Star certified
  • Seven segment LED display
  • 1-year limited warranty with Instant Exchange program

The aforementioned glossy black exterior of the Canon PIXMA MP280 carries into the interior as well, and silver accents run across the lettering and Canon/Pixma name and logo. Even though the glossy style adds that sleek look to the machine, it also carries the potential for finger prints and other smudges. The Pixma MP280 has a more compact build than the previous models of its kind, but you may still have a slight problem with putting it on a smaller-sized desk. The exact dimensions are 17.8″ (W) x 13.2″ (D) x 6.0″ (H) and the weight is just over 12 lbs.

The built-in flatbed 48-bit internal/24-bit external scanner opens from the top of the machine and features a Pixma logo on the lid. It can fit documents up to 8.5 x 11.7 inches in size. The scanner has several features, two of which being auto document fix and scan mode.

Directly to the right of the scanner lies the 10-button control panel. Since this is Canon’s budget model, there is no LCD display, but there is a 7-segment LED feature.

The output tray and the black and color dual-ink loader are located below the scanner; simply pull the door panel open to access the tray and lift up to access the ink loader compartment. Two standard ink cartridges are included with the Pixma MP280; the CL-211 dye-based color cartridge and the PG-210 pigment-based black ink cartridge. High capacity cartridges for the MP280 are also available from Canon and they are fully compatible with this system: the CL-211 XL color cartridge and the PG-210 XL black cartridge, and, as you can see, the dual-ink loader is conveniently held up by a plastic blue supporter.

The MP280’s 100-sheet collapsible tray can hold a variety of paper and other media, including legal copy paper, U.S. #10 envelopes, 4×6 photo paper, 8.5 x 11 Fine Art and photo paper, etc.

The high-speed USB 2.0 cable port and power cord port are located on the back of the system. Wireless capability is not included.



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