by January 30, 2004 0 comments



Canon i905D BubbleJet Printer can print photos directly from digital camera’s flash memory cards and even directly on CD-R and DVD-R media. It supports the PictBridge standard, which allows you to connect the complying digital cameras to it and print photos directly without using a PC. The printer comes with a color LCD display that lets you perform this function independently. You can also perform image adjustment functions directly from the printer. For instance, there’s a button to trim the photograph with which you can print a specific part of the image displayed on the LCD. 

It has a flash memory card reader slot, which supports CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, SD and Multimedia cards. To use any other memory card you’ll need a compatible adapter. With the flash memory card reader you can print photos directly from the memory card and also use it as an ordinary read/write drive. So you can save data directly to flash memory cards using the drive, but a memory card utility has to be installed on the PC for this. However, you can’t use the drive for both the functions simultaneously. If you want to print from a memory card, then the drive must be configured as read only, and if you want to transfer data to/from it, then you must configure it in read/write mode.

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Price : Rs 24,995 (One-year warranty)
Cartridges : Rs 545 each (black, cyan, yellow, magenta, photo cyan, and photo magenta)
Key Specs :  Direct printing from digital cameras, print on
CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, print from memory cards, and use printer as memory card drive
Contact : Canon India, Delhi.
Tel : 26806572. 
E-mail : Rajeev.Singh@canon.co.in  

The printer comes with a CD-R tray and feeder units that lets you print on CD-Rs and DVD-Rs. To use this feature, you must have printable media, which is different from the ordinary media, as its surface is specially processed to support inkjet printers. It’s a USB printer, but you’ll have to buy the interface cable separately as it doesn’t ship with the printer. 

The printer uses six ink cartridges, which include four regular (CMYK) and two photo.

Coming to performance, the printer has four printing modes – high, standard, draft and custom. Under the custom mode, there are five different settings to print: fast, draft, standard, high and fine modes. Interestingly, the printer’s manual gives a rated print speed of 8 ppm for its custom ‘fast’ mode. Plus, it gives a rated speed of 3.7 ppm for standard mode for monochrome text printing. The speed for color printing is 7 ppm for draft mode and 2.6 ppm for standard mode. Though its smallest readable font was 2 point, it was a little jagged. In multi-page text printing in draft mode, it took 18 secs to do the first page and 16 secs to churn out subsequent pages. It took 43 secs to print a document with a small color image in standard mode and 19 secs in draft mode. Lineart and curves printing was smooth without any jaggedness. A full-page monochrome graphic took only 1min and 15 secs in standard mode. And a full-page color image on plain paper took just a little longer at 1 min and 42 secs in standard mode and 2 mins and 56 secs in best mode. On photo glossy paper the same took 3 mins in standard mode and 4 mins in best mode. The print quality was found to be very good though the speed was little slow.

Sukhsagar Prajapati

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