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Canon Pixma iP1500 Printer – A Simple Home Printer


The Canon Pixma iP1500 printer is a machine designed for home use, in particular for printing photos and basic documents. The printer is capable of serving all the purposes you might expect from a printer in the home, such as printing clear copies of web pages. It’s designed to be a simple and affordable machine, although bear in mind that it’s an inkjet printer so you’ll have to be prepared for the ongoing costs of replacing ink cartridges.

Top Features of the Pixma iP1500

One of the best features of this product is the Easy-PhotoPrint (version 3) software that comes with it. Because the printer is designed to be easy to use regardless of your technological skills or experience with printers, the software reflects that. For example, the software features automatic touch-up functions. It’s smart enough to identify faces in photos and adjust lighting accordingly to bring out the right skin tone.

Another big plus with this printer is the fact that it supports both Windows and Mac users. The USB port also means it’s easy to connect and get set up no matter what operating system you’re running.

The Canon iP1500 has another selling point in the ink it uses. This unit takes BC-24 ink, a particularly common and thus quite cheap ink, so replacing ink cartridges won’t cost and arm and a leg.

Downsides of the iP1500 Printer

This printer is great as a basic home unit, but don’t expect it to deliver beyond its capabilities. It’s limited to 600 by 600 dots per inch resolution, which is much lower than what many printers are capable of these days. Basically, that means you shouldn’t expect photo quality to rival what you’d get with a lab print.

In terms of print speed, this machine is relatively slow – but inkjets typically do lag behind in this respect.

Canon has tagged this model as "The Friendly and Affordable Home Printer." While the "friendly" part may be accurate, the "affordable" part of the equation may have to be questioned. A new iP1500 costs around $200, and there are definitely products with similar specifications that can be had for less than that these days. That said, it’s possible to pick up a second-hand machine for as little as $50 – if you can get your hands on one in good working order for this price, it can be a good investment.

Consumer Response to the Canon Pixma iP1500 Printer

Many users who purchase the iP1500 think it’s "okay" – but not much more than that. Very few people are blown away by the quality they get in terms of value for money. The ones that are typically aren’t aware of some of the more affordable, better quality products on the market.

Another point often noted by consumers is the simplicity of the machine’s interface. The machine only has two function keys, which may be seen as limiting by some but for the most part users appreciate how easy it is to operate the unit.

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