The Canon iP90 printer is a portable inkjet printer designed to allow
you to print photos and full-size documents virtually anywhere. It’s a
particularly ideal machine if you’re on the move a lot for work or you
want to print pictures as you go while on holiday or undertaking
Top Features of the Pixma iP90
One of the positive aspects of this printer is its versatility. Many
photo printers only produce photo-sized prints, whereas the iP90 can
produce both photos and full sized documents. On the flipside, the
quality of the photos you can print is lower than what you can get from
a dedicated photo printer.
The unit is versatile in other ways too. It’s built-in PictBridge and
infrared ports make it easy to print directly from a digital camera. It
can even print directly from a cell phone without having to go through
a PC. This is obviously handy for certain outdoor scenarios where
prints are required quickly and bringing a laptop or PC would be
It does come with a couple of handy features that help with ink
efficiency. These are the Use Composite and Save Black Ink modes. Save
Black Ink is fairly self explanatory – it simply reduces the amount of
black used for each print, resulting in lighter prints. The Use
Composite feature can be used to compile black out of colored ink if
your black cartridge runs empty.
Downsides of the Canon iP90 Printer
There’s a major drawback that limits the portability of the iP90. The
battery pack must be purchased separately. In other words, unless
you’re willing to shell out an extra hundred dollars or so on top of
the purchase price, many of the features that make this such a handy
in-field printing unit will be of no use to you.
Another big downside of this printer is the fact that the ink
cartridges it takes hold very little ink, so even though it isn’t bad
in terms of ink efficiency, you’ll still find yourself buying new
cartridges on a regular basis.
The printer also starts to lag behind when it comes to printing text
documents. While the photo and color document printing quality is good,
as you’d expect from an inkjet, it leaves a lot to be desired for
printing everyday text documents.
Consumer Response to the iP90 Printer
The Pixma iP90 has a lot of fans. Many users are highly satisfied with
the quality and versatility of the machine in combination with how easy
it is to move around and use in a variety of situations. Although the
Bluetooth capabilities and battery are extras, many consumers also
believe these additions to be well worth the extra cost. The printer is
also impressive in its speed considering the quality of the output.
Some consumers on the other hand have little praise for the machine
beyond its portability. Common complaints include a relatively short
lifespan and difficulties getting a replacement sent out by Canon