All in ones make for great resourceful printers, because they offer pretty good functionality at a relatively low price tag. After their Pixma MG8170 that raised the bar for All in ones, Canon has announced their new Pixma E500 – a low-budget super affordable All in one. But, does it withstand our litmus test? Let’s find out.
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Design and Build Quality
The E500 comes in a playful black and blue colour scheme and looks pretty interesting for a home printer. The top of the machine is an absolute fingerprint magnet, and if you look too closely you might even be able to differentiate the people who have used the printer. We’ve got the control panel buttons on top, with the USB and power ports at the back. It’s got a pretty average footprint with a dimension of 449 x 304 x 152mm and a weight of 5.3 kgs. .
In terms of the build, although it may have a lot of flaps, it doesn’t look very sturdy. One wrong placement of your hands and the tray box may break. There are a lot of plastics involved, but you’ll have to be careful not to keep the end of the printer towards the edge of your table, or wherever you’re placing it, because you might just snap it. The design may suit your home interiors, but we’d have loved a little better build quality.
Control panel on top
The Canon Pixma E500 has a maximum printing resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi. This printer makes use of their proprietary FINE high yield print cartridges and according to their spec sheet, the E500 has a print speed of approximate 5ipm for colour A4 printouts and approximate 8.6ipm for black and white A4 printouts. The Pixma supports a wide variety of paper types, including the popular A4, A5, B5, LTR, LGL and 4 x 6 formats. The front tray can support up to 100 A4 sheets at a time.
As far as scanning is concerned, the E500 is capable of scanning at an optical resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi and has an approximate scanning speed of 14 seconds. The copier has a copy speed of approximate 30 seconds. We’ve put all these stats to the test in our performance section.
Easy to use software
Setting up the printer is fairly easy. There are clear labels on the insides of the printer that guide you through the cartridge installation procedure. It’s as simple as pull, insert and lock the cartridges inside. The E500 comes with a range of software in its driver CD that allows you to print quickly and without a lot of hassle. It can also create a few effects to your existing images, including the popular Fish-Eye effect, along with Miniature, Toy, Soft Focus and Blur Background effects.
Updated 25 May, 2013, 6:56 pm IST
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