Canon MG2900 IJ Scan Utility
Canon MG2900 IJ Scan Utility– The Canon PIXMA MG2900 offers all the basics, including wireless connection for mobile print. Aiming straight from the listener and domestic markets, the printer is available in black or white, and has a neat, modern look.
Design and Features
The front is deeply undercuts, reducing the overall footprint when the machine is open for printing. Unusually for a Canon printer, it eats paper from a tray at the back, which can hold up to 60 sheets, and eats out to a telescopic output tray on the front. There is no bezel on the machine.
Having this straight paper path makes it easier to print on card, as it doesn’t have to do the 180 degree turn that media in a front-loading printer has to.
On top, the simple A4 scanner has no automatic document feeder – you wouldn’t expect one at this price – and to its left is a very simple control panel, with physical attack buttons and pink LEDs.
Cartridges and connections
The two cartridges, one black and the other Tri-Color, vent from the front, once you have flipped off the panel behind the output tray. They are not so easy to get to and you need to press the cartridge up to click in place, which is a bit fidget.
Cartridges are available in two capacities, but even the maximum number of XL variants is the 400-page black-300 color.
Connection is via USB or wireless link and the Wi-Fi connection is easy to set up, with just a couple of button squeezes, one on the printer and the other on your router. Software is the usual bundle of quality canon apps, including my image yard and easy-WebPrint.
Canon rates the MG2900 at 8ppm Black and 4ppm colour and in our test we got quite close. Our five-page mono text was completed in 47 seconds, giving 6.4 ppm print speed, but it rose 6.7 ppm for 20-page printing. There is no duplex option on the machine unless you manually turn the paper on.
There are a few other important things that this printer doesn’t know about. This can’t €™ t print unlimited photos, including those on 15 x 10cm photo Blans, and it can’t print on A4 photo paper, with or without Borders. Photo printing is quite a likely use for an entry-level all-in-one, so it is a remarkable shortcoming.
The five-sided mono text and colour graphics test returned only 1.6 ppm, less than half the specified speed. At 15 x 10cm, delimited photo took 2:08 of the highest quality, printed on a PC and 48s standard quality on an Android smartphone.
While these velocities are not breathtaking, they are not at all bad for the printer at this price. However, the machine is very noisy for a relatively slow device and peaked at 76dBA at 0.5 m, when feeding paper.
Print quality and costs
The quality of the prints of the machine is not what we’ve come to expect from canon. Black text is upset, some ink spread, and bad registration is one head-to-pass to the next. Color fills are fine in your business artwork, but the reverse text shows a break-through of the black background. Photographs are well reproduced in natural colours and with smooth transitions.
Using the XL versions of the cartridges, the price of the site is 3.8 p, mono printing and 8.2 p for the colours, including 0.7 p paper. These are quite high, but not in comparison with other printers at the same price.
Canon’s PIXMA MG2900 waterfall is surprisingly short on plain paper print quality and is very noisy when printing, but is quite quick and offers wireless connection, which few if any other all-in-ones can match at the price.