Canon Pixma iP110 Mobile Photo Inkjet Printer

Print on the road with Canon's Pixma iP110 Mobile inkjet printer

Canon Pixma iP110 Photo Inkjet Printer
Print great-looking documents and photos on the road - at a cost. Canon

There are literally hundreds of professions—real estate, law, salespeople, you name it—that would benefit from having the ability to print on demand, on the go. In response, printer makers HP, Canon, and Epson design and manufacture “mobile” printers that are small and light enough to take with you.

While these devices are handy, they’re also usually expensive, compared to full-blown desktop or enterprise printers. HP’s Officejet 200 Mobile Printer (which has been around for a few years) as well as Epson’s WorkForce WF-100 Mobile Printer, both list for $279.99. In addition, HP makes a portable AIO, the Officejet Pro 150 Mobile All-in-One, that can not only print, but also scan and make copies, for $334. Here, though, we’re looking at something a little different; instead of the traditional mobile document printer, Canon’s hawking a mobile photo printer, the Pixma iP110 Photo Inkjet Printer, for $155.​

Design & Features

When folded up with no paper loading or printed pages lying in the output area, the iP110 looks a lot like a tissue dispenser, and it’s not much bigger than that, either. At 12.7 inches long, 7.3 inches from front to back, 2.5 inches high, and weighing only 4.3 pounds, it’s a little smaller and lighter than the Officejet 100 (13.7 x 6.9 x 3.3 inches and 5.1 pounds). On the other hand, at 12.2 inches long and only 3.5 pounds, Epson’s WorkForce WF-100 is shorter and lighter than both of the others mentioned here.

You can connect to the iP110 via Wi-Fi or USB, and it supports Wireless PictBridge for printing from certain Canon digital cameras wirelessly. Mobile printing, though support is minimal comparatively, is supported via Google Cloud Print, Apple’s AirPrint, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, One Drive, Google Drive, and Canon’s Pixma Printing Solutions (PPS), which consists of additional cloud and mobile printing features.

However, many of the more sophisticated mobile print features prevalent today, such Wi-Fi Direct and Near-Field Communication (NFC), are not supported. The iP110 does, however, have a 50-sheet input tray, to save you from having to feed it paper manually.

Oh, and I should add that you can purchase a battery that allows you to become truly mobile for about $100 (MSRP).

Performance, Paper Handling, Print Quality

As Canon photo printers go, this one prints decent photos. It uses a five-ink imaging system consisting of the standard CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) process colors, as well as a Pigment Black for darkening text and all-black areas on the page. It also prints decent document pages, too, though a bit slowly (and expensively, which we’ll look at in a moment). Quality-wise, this little printer does a decent job of living up to its Pixma reputation for excellent print quality—no matter how long it takes.

Canon claims print speeds of nine monochrome pages per minute or 5.8 color pages. You’ll get these speeds, of course, only when printing pages designed to print well on this printer. Otherwise, print speeds are bound to be lower.

As to paper handling, the printer accepts paper via the 50-sheet input tray atop of the chassis, and then spits it out the front onto the desk or table top.

Cost per page

There’s just not a lot to say here. This printer’s cost per page is by far the highest I’ve seen, especially for the cost per color page, which is 7 or 8 times that of the most competitive CPPs and 2 to 3 times higher than the highest. In other words, at 9.5 cents for black-and-white pages and…are you ready for this? Printing color pages on this mobile printer costs about 24.5 cents each. By the same token, since photos typically consist of 100 percent coverage, while document pages are usually between about 5 and 25 percent, photographs will cost considerably more than 24.5 cents each to print on this printer.

Conclusion

When researching this review, I read some comments from photographers who thought that this mobile photo printer was the best thing since digital cameras themselves. As a photo printer, its diminutive size and overall print quality make it ideal for printing samples and proofs on the road—at the event you were hired to shoot!

In any case, if you had any notions about adopting it as an everyday printer, it wasn’t made for that—unless, that is, you don’t print every day, or every other day, or every two days, for that matter. It’s a niche printer, no matter how you look at it.