by April 12, 2005 0 comments

This time we reviewed two similar looking PIXMA printers, the IP1500 and IP2000. Both support a maximum resolution of 4800 dpi and come with a single USB interface. However, only IP2000 is capable of printing photographs directly from a camera using its PictBridge interface and has two paper feeders. Both printers support different print media, including transparencies. Sadly, there is a single cartridge for color printing and not different for different colors. So, replacing spent cartridges becomes slightly expensive as you need to replace the whole cartridge even if only a single color has been used. 

Both printers gave good results in full-page color printing. IP2000 took 2:57 minutes (standard) and 5:44 minutes (high-res) with good quality output. The IP1500 took a little more time, with 4:10 minutes and 11 minutes respectively, but the quality was good. Volume-wise, the IP2000 can do 10 PPM against its rated speed of 20 PPM and the IP1500 can print 9 PPM against the given 18 PPM-doing only half as much as the rated speeds, which is quite common for most inkjet printers. 

The Bottom Line:
Printing quality and speed are reasonably good but use of two cartridges makes it a costly affair.

Sukhsagar Prajapati

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