Canon Pixma iP1500 review

Prints letters, documents and photos

The iP1500 is a cheap and small printer

TechRadar Verdict

It's fast, cheap and produces good printouts


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    Colour is excellent

    Sharpness is good

    Quick printing time


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    Some very fine dottiness from the four-ink system

    Need to allow space in front for the emerging paper

    Feels a bit plasticky

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The Pixma iP1500 isn't specifically a photo printer, but Canon says it's fine for this as well as everyday jobs like printing letters and documents. It has a resolution of 4800 x 1200dpi and a Canon FINE head, which delivers 2-picolitre drops.

Print speeds are quoted as 18ppm mono, 13ppm colour, and Canon says it can produce a borderless 6 x 4-inch print in around 58 seconds, not to mention borderless prints up to A4.

The iP1500 is a cheap and small printer. It takes up little space, with a top-mounted paper feed and no exit tray, but you do need to allow space in front of it for the paper as it emerges. It does feel a bit plasticky, but you can hardly complain at this price.

The borderless A4 test print time was 5 minutes 4 seconds, which is - amazingly - the second-fastest time. Although colour was excellent and sharpness was good, there was some very fine dottiness from the four-ink system. Rod Lawton was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.