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Canon Pixma iP1500 review

Prints letters, documents and photos

The iP1500 is a cheap and small printer

Our Verdict

It's fast, cheap and produces good printouts


  • Colour is excellent

    Sharpness is good

    Quick printing time


  • Some very fine dottiness from the four-ink system

    Need to allow space in front for the emerging paper

    Feels a bit plasticky

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