Canon PIXMA MP287 multifunction inkjet printer review

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 7:21 by babychen

We review the Canon PIXMA MP287 multifunction inkjet printer

Thanks to a continuous decline in their prices over the last few years, all-in-one/multifunction printers – equipped with printing, copying and scanning, (and in some cases, faxing as well) capabilities – have now become more than affordable for many individual home users and small offices. Any by affordable, we mean a printer not worth more than Rs. 5,000.

So for those of you–home users, as well as small- and medium-sized businesses–looking for a not-too-expensive MFP, Canon’s recently launched PIXMA MP287 model in India, we believe, merits serious consideration.

canon pixma mp287 all in one printer photo

Photo: Canon Pixma MP287

Priced at Rs. 4,295, this inkjet color printer, like its peers in the PIXMA series, delivers good quality photo outputs and more-than-decent standard text printouts–apart from being equipped with copying and scanning capabilities.

What you get

Printing

What really sets the Canon MP287 apart from similarly priced PIXMA inkjet printers currently available in the country? Hmm, consider this–you recorded those cherished moments of a get-together of your buddies from college held recently in your full high-definition (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) Canon digital camera, and now want to print out one delectable clip to send it across to friends.

Bingo, the Canon PIXMA MP287 all-in-one printer will do the job; all one has to do is open the full HD movie file on his PC/laptop, choose that desired individual frame and give the print command. And guess, what the movie clip is printed out!

But it’s worth mentioning here that this functionality is restricted to video captured on Canon digicams only.

Another USP of the Canon PIXMA MP287 is a so-called ‘Flickr Integration Photo Print’ tool that lets users import their pictures directly from Flickr and print them. Instant gratification, you see!

Canon has also packed a suite of its proprietary software into the all-in-one printer, including ‘Auto Photo Fix II’ (for optimizing brightness of unexposed areas of an image) and ‘Easy-WebPrint EX’ (for printing your customized layout in multiple ways after aggregating and editing several web pages).

This all in one / multifunction inkjet printer is good enough for cranking out prints of pictures, invitations and other types of high-resolution material, as it uses Canon’s latest ChromaLife100+ color inks to render a resolution of up to 4,800 x 1,200 dots per inches (dpi) for color prints (usually, the more dots a printer can squeeze into a square inch, the sharper the output is).

On the interface front, there is a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port that allows users to plug in pen drives and other external drives for quick printing.

Scanning

The scanner in the Canon Pixma MP287 printer can scan documents up to A4 size, with output resolution decent enough (1,200 x 2,400 dpi) for practical purposes. And to make this activity user friendly, Canon is providing an ‘Auto Scan Mode via MP Navigator EX’ software which automates all document detection, cropping, scanning and saving tasks.

There is another preinstalled app, called OCR (Optical Character Recognition), which works with the scanner to translate printed characters into digital text, allowing you to search for or edit files in a word processing program.

Copying

The Canon PIXMA MP287 all-in-one printer is touted to churn out almost 2.6 color copies per minute, with the First Color Copy Out Time estimated to be 37 seconds.

Other highlights

Measuring 450 x 335 x 153mm and weighing 5.5kg, the AIO device comes with a 100-sheet input tray at the rear and a self-opening output tray (helps prevent paper jams) at the front. This paper handling capacity should be more than adequate for small offices or individuals working from home. If you are not going to use the MP287 for a significant period of time, then you can simply fold both the retractable trays, thus clearing up space.

Sporting a sleek design with a shining black chassis, the Canon PIXMA MP287 multifunction / all-in-one printer is quite attractive looking. On the right end of the device, you will find a 7-segment LED control panel that can display up to 99–meaning, one can select as many as 99 copies from the monitor.

Limitations

Fast print speed is something one should not expect from this color inkjet MFP. This all in one printer model has a theoretical maximum print speed of 8.4 pages per minute (black-and-white) and 4.8 ppm (color).

The lack of any direct print ports such as PictBridge, as well as absence of memory card slots, mean that one has to go through the PC route before getting his hands on printouts–this, even though the device boasting photo printing functionalities!

Other major drawbacks include no Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or any duplex (double-sided printing on the same paper) feature. Last but not the least, you won’t get an automatic document feeder (ADF) – so be ready to manually feed paper into the input tray (no multitasking here, folks).

Canon PIXMA MP287 – Cost per page

The printer comes with one standard capacity black cartridge (Rs. 995) and one standard capacity tri-color (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) consumable, priced at Rs. 1,355.

According to Techtree.com, the monochrome ink cartridge has a yield of 304 pages, translating into a cost per page (CPP) of Rs. 3.27 (CPP = Price of cartridge/yield). On the other hand, the tri-color cartridge is said to deliver a yield of 220 pages, equating to a CPP of Rs. 6.15.

This is something you should keep in mind, as the running costs for the PIXMA MP287 could drain quite a hole in your pocket–particularly if the print volume is high.

Conclusion

Lack of features such as network connectivity , duplexing, ADF and fast print speed is something small offices will have to keep in mind, as far as buying the PIXMA MP287 is concerned. But then, they should factor in the really cheap price tag – Rs. 4,295 – of the printer which can print, copy and scan documents. From an individual home user’s point of view, the rather high cost per page is one factor to watch out for – that apart, you can hardly complain with you what get from this inkjet MFP!

Canon PIXMA MP287 – Specifications

Print
Maximum Printing Resolution 4800 (horizontal)*1 x 1200 (vertical)dpi
Print Head / Ink Type: FINE Cartridge
Total Number of Nozzles: 1472
Ink Droplet Size (min.): 2pl
Ink Cartridge: PG-810, CL-811
(PG-810XL, CL-811XL Optional)
Print Speed
Based on ISO / IEC 24734.
Document: Colour*2: ESAT: Approx. 4.8ipm
Document: B/W*2: ESAT: Approx. 8.4ipm
Photo (4 x 6″)*2:
PP-201 / Borderless:
Approx. 43secs.
Printable Width Up to 203.2mm (8-inch)
Borderless: Up to 216mm (8.5-inch)
Printable Area Borderless Printing*3: Top / Bottom / Right / Left margin: each 0mm (Supported Paper Size: A4 / LTR / 4 x 6″ /
5 x 7″ / 8 x 10″)
Bordered Printing: Top margin: 3mm,
Bottom margin: 5mm,
Left / Right margin: each 3.4mm
(LTR / LGL: Left: 6.4mm, Right: 6.3mm)
Recommended Printing Area Top margin: 31.2mm
Bottom margin: 32.5mm
Paper Size A4, A5, B5, LTR, LGL, 4 x 6″, 5 x 7″, 8 x 10″, Envelopes (DL, COM10)
Paper Handling
(Rear Tray)
Plain paper A4 / A5 / B5 / LTR = 100,
LGL = 10
High Resolution Paper
(HR-101N)
A4 = 80
Photo Paper Pro Platinum
(PT-101)
A4 / 8 x 10″ = 10,
4 x 6″ = 20
Photo Paper Plus Glossy II
(PP-201)
A4 = 10, 4 x 6″ = 20
Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss
(SG-201)
A4 / 8 x 10″ = 10,
4 x 6″ = 20
Glossy Photo Paper “Everyday Use”
(GP-501)
A4 = 10, 4 x 6″ = 20
Matte Photo Paper
(MP-101)
A4 = 10, 4 x 6″ = 20
Photo Stickers
(PS-101)
1
T-Shirt Transfer
(TR-301)
1
Envelope European DL / US Com.
#10 = 10
Paper Weight Rear Tray: Plain Paper: 64 – 105g/m2 , Canon specialty paper: max paper weight: Approx. 300g/m2
(Photo Paper Pro Platinum
PT-101)
Ink End Sensor Dot count
Print Head Alignment Manual
Scan
Scanner Type Flatbed
Scanning Method CIS
Optical Resolution*4 1200 x 2400dpi
Selectable Resolution 25 – 19200dpi
Scanning Bit Depth (Input / Output) Grayscale: 16 bits / 8 bits
Colour: 48 bits / 24 bits
(RGB each 16 bits / 8 bits)
Line Scanning Speed*5 Grayscale: 1.1ms/line (300dpi)
Colour: 3.4ms/line (300dpi)
Scanning Speed*6 Reflectives: A4 Colour / 300dpi: Approx. 15secs.
Maximum Document Size Flatbed: A4 / LTR (216 x 297mm)
Copy
Maximum Document Size A4 / LTR (216 x 297mm)
Compatible Media Size: A4 / A5 / B5 / LTR / 4 x 6″ /
5 x 7″
Type: Plain Paper
Photo Paper Plus Glossy II
(PP-201)
Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss (SG-201)
Glossy Photo Paper “Everyday Use” (GP-501)
Image Quality Plain Paper: Fast, Standard
Other paper: Fix
Copy Speed*7
Based on ISO / IEC 24735 Annex D.
Document: Colour: FCOT: Plain Paper: Approx. 37secs.
Document: Colour: Continuous Copy:
Plain Paper:
2.6cpm
Fit-to-page Available
Multiple Copy Black / Colour: Max. 20 pages
Network
Protocol TCP/IP
System Requirements Windows XP SP2/SP3, Windows Vista/Vista SP2/SP3, Windows 7;
Macintosh OS X 10.4.11 – 10.6
General
Quick Start Approx. 1sec.
Operation Panel Display: 7seg LED
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Self-Opening Paper Output Tray Available
Operating Environment Temperature: 5 – 35°C
Humidity: 10 – 90% RH
(no dew condensation)
Storage Environment Temperature: 0 – 40°C
Humidity: 5 – 95% RH
(no dew condensation)
Acoustic Noise (PC Print)*8 Print: Approx. 45.5db. (A)
Power AC100 – 240V, 50 / 60Hz
Power Consumption Standby (scanning lamp is off)
(USB connection to PC):
Approx. 0.8W
OFF (USB connection to PC): Approx. 0.4W
Copying*9: Approx. 10W
Environment Regulation: RoHS (EU, China), WEEE (EU)
Eco-Label: Energy Star
Dimension (W x D x H) Approx. 450 x 335 x 153mm
Weight Approx. 5.5kg

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

*1 Ink droplets can be placed with a pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.
*2 Document print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO / IEC 24734, excluding time to print the first set.
Photo print speed is based on the default setting using ISO / JIS-SCID N2 on Photo Paper Plus Glossy II and does not take into account data processing time on host computer.
Print speed may vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, page coverage, type of paper used etc.
*3 Paper types NOT supported for borderless printing are as follows:
Plain Paper, High Resolution Paper, Photo Stickers,T-Shirt Transfer, Envelope.
*4 Optical resolution is a measure of maximum hardware sampling resolution, based on ISO 14473 standard.
*5 The fastest speed in Hi-Speed USB on Windows PC. Transfer time to computer is not included.
*6 Color document scan speed is measured with ISO / IEC 24735 Annex C Test Chart A.
Scan speed indicates the time measured between pressing the scan button of the scanner driver and the on-screen status display turns off.
Scan speed may vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, scan mode settings and document size etc.
*7 Copy speeds are the average of FCOT and continuous copy speed, ISO / IEC 24735 Annex D.
*8 When printing ISO / JIS-SCID N2 pattern on 4 x 6″ Photo Paper Plus Glossy II using default settings.
*9 Copy: When copying ISO / JIS-SCID N2 (printed by inkjet printer) on A4 size plain paper using default settings.

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