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The Canon BJC2100 was the first printer I owned. I bought it in PC World and paid £59.99 for it at the time which was one of the cheapest they had. I was on a budjet as I had just bought a new PC and the BJC2100 seemed to offer good printing speed and quality. I was very pleased with the printing speed and quality - I used it mainly for text documents but when I did print the odd picture or two it came out fine. The cartridges are very cheap to replace as well. Canon do the cheapest - cheaper than Lexmark, HP, etc. The black cartridges only cost around £6.99 where with HP they were around £24.99! Colour ones were £13.99. I also got a lot out of the cartridges and hardly ever needed to replace them. The BJC2100 connects to the PC via a parallel or USB lead (neither included) so I had to pay separately for that which cost £9.99. Overall I would recommend this printer to the average user and people that would use it mainly for text documents. What's the point of paying out for a £150 photo quality printer if you are only going to use it for black and white?
When looking for a quick solution to your printing problems you can do well to consider the Canon BJC-2100 printer which is small compact and easy to use. The machine will allow you to print in colour or black and white and stores the paper throught the top feeder. It prints out pages on an average of 5 ppm for black and 2 ppm for colour. It has a resolution of 720 x 360 dpi and it also prints out photos to a reasonable good quality. It is compatible with Windows 95/98/2000/NT4 and MAC. Cables connect from the back and allows for both the USB or Parallel connection. By comparison to other printers it is cheap, reliable but the costs of the cartridges can be expensive at times. If you are not doing a lot of printing you can put this machine to fast mode and this saves on the printer ink. All in all, I think it is by no means the answer to everybody’s printing demands, but is a good one if you are on a budget.
The Canon BJC 2100 does exactly what it says it does on the box, Prints! if you are looking for a budget priced printer then this is the one for you. I am now the very proud owner of this printer having just purchased it from my local computer shop, it cost me just £40.00, and I think it was an absolute bargain! It is so neat, takes up hardly any room on your dest at all. The cartridges are also a lot cheaper to buy now, than they were say twelve months ago, I looked up on the net today and the cartridges are £1.79 for the black and £2.89 for the colour, although the cartridges are smaller than you can buy for other printers, 10ml in the black and 5.5ml in the colour I think that they are still very reasonably priced. I also like the fact that the black cartridge and colour cartridge are separate, so if you use alot of black like I do, then you only need to buy the black and not a colour cartridge. I am not sure how long the cartridges will last though, due to the fact that I have only just recently bought the printer. The Canon BJC 2100 prints quite quickly too,compared to the epson 300 which is what I had before I purchased the canon. I think that the Canon BJC 2100 gives a good quality print too, I compared it to the print from the epson 300 and its a much better quality print, and slightly darker too.
4 factors when buying a printer: Cost, speed, quality and convenience. The 2100 performs remarkably well in all these areas. Firstly, you will have probably noticed that this is one of the cheaper printers of the entry level market. There are two parts to the cost of a printer, though, and the second (and usually unforeseen) cost is for the consumables. Printer manufacturers often sell the printer for a reduced price, then hit the consumers when they want to buy some ink for their new printer. Strangely, Canon doesn't seem to have used this as much as others. The price of the printer is low, and I was initially sceptical of the long term costs as the printer showed itself to be a great performer. I was, however, pleasantly surprised when I went to buy replacements, as they were just £5 ($7) to £11 ($15) instead of about £25 ($35) for my previous printer (HP). This isn't quite the saving it sounds, as the tanks are smaller on the 2100. The 2100 uses two tanks, one for black and one for colour. If you're like me, you'll print more black than colour, so you don't have the problem of having to buy a whole new tank when either black or colour runs out. Having said that, it doesn't go as far as more expensive models which have separate tanks for cyan, magenta and yellow which are even more economical. If you only print in black and white, or are on a very low budget, the printing costs can be kept down by buying a black ink tank that sits instead of the separate black and colour tanks, and has a far greater capacity providing cheaper monochrome costs. The next factor is the speed. Many printers are fine but for their speed, which varies hugely. Some printers' drivers take ages to spool (prepare to print), and some just spend ages printing. The Canon seems to be pretty speedy at both. When they designed the 2100, Canon seem to have just scaled down their more expensive printers. You get the same printer driver that the higher specced mo
dels use, which is quite fast and efficient, and the pages arrived quite promptly as well. Obviously its not going to be up to laser speeds, but it managed a fair old speed, compared to other printers I've used. Thirdly, we have the quality factor. Here, again, the printer manages remarkably well. The resolution is not particularly anything to write home about, but it manages not to smear the ink everywhere, as every other inkjet I've used has, and it manages gradients well, which is often a sticking point for inkjets. When printing text, the 2100 is brilliant, producing a clear and crisp result. One of the options you have with this printer is the Photo cartridge. IF you buy this printer, then at some time in the future buy a digial camera or scanner and need high-quality colour output, you can buy a Photo colour cartridge, which will improve the colour quality of the prints. This is an expandability that really boosts your faith in the designers at Canon. Finally, convenience. I have met many printers whose driver will inform you 'printer error' and promptly fall over if anything goes awry. The Canon's driver is very useful in informing you of the cartridge being low, or the printer not being connected. The printer also has a highly useful feature: both USB and parallel ports. This means that if you have an older computer, you can still use this when you upgrade, or if you buy a scanner. Beware, though, as mine had some problems. I don't know whether they were just due to my having installed the driver before for the parallel port and not following the (extensive) instructions properly. Another expansion you can use with the 2100 is the scanner cartridge. Here, you just replace the ink cartridges with the scanner cartridge (about £80 I think) and hey presto, you have a scanner. Not perfect, but highly workable. So if you're after a printer that will do the job properly, quickly and without 20 calls to tech sup
port every time the cable works loose, the 2100 is ideal. If you will want to do lots of photo printing from the outset, need high speed printing or need higher quality prints, I would advise getting a higher specced model of the HP-9XX range or similar spec. But for a straight printer which pulls no punches, say hello to the 2100.
This printer is a great little buy. It offers reliability, an attractive design and also being a Canon gives you the reassurance that any faults will be sorted out in the minimum time, absoloutely hassle-free. The printer itself firstly looks good, as far as printers go. It is very quick on printing, especially in the 'draft' mode, and quality of almost all my printouts have been second to none. I regulary use its 'photoprinting' feature, and, although its rather slow in this respect, the picture quality is almost perfect and comparable to photoprocessing labs. To make maximum use of the photoprinting I would reccomend using 'glossy' paper. The Canon BJC-2000 is very easy to use, and loading ink cartidges only takes a matter of seconds! The printer can fit about 60-70 sheets in it's autofeeder altogh Canon only says 50. The printer has a good buffer memory, compared to many other printers I have had, and also comes with all the relevant software that you need, including extra 'bonus' software from Canon. Many people don't realise this, but the Canon BJC-2000 can also act as a scanner! The results sre not as good as many purpose built scanners, but as an extra feature for a low - usage user it is excellent. Also, the printer is great for those on a budget. I am a student, and bought the printer for £39.99, expecting much less for the pricetag. However, it beats many £100 printers I have come across, and is great for the purposes I intended it for. The ink cartridges themselves are very cheap too- I recently purchased 6 for £16 and these were Canon originals! All in all, I would recommmend this printer who people who are after a good, reliable and cheap printer, especially to my fellow students.
I have used the BJC-210 for about 3 years and it has never once not worked or given me any hassle. I first bought the printer as i needed one fast for school, so i thought i would buy a cheap one, then upgrade at a later date. I have never needed to upgrade the printer. The only thing that is a set back about this printer is that it isnt Dual cartridge, so if you want a colour print, you have to put the colour cartridge in and take the black out. therefore if you have a colour page with black text, the black text will come out a very dark green. This is onlly noticeable though if you look very carefully and dosent worry me too much. The printer is small. It tores the paper upright, and there is no paper tray, so you don't have to have a huge desk to store it on! very good printer if your looking for a printer for schoolwork or the odd letter. If you use your printer a lot, or for a lot of colour and black documents, i would reccomend getting a higher model number.
I have this printer, it is one of the lower end of the range models, it's fairly cheap in price to buy, but it is very basic and although it prints in both black & white & colour, you have to change the cartridge over, depending on what you want. My main gripe about this printer is the price of the ink cartridges. The printer itself may be cheap, but these cartridges certainly are not! The black cartridge costs about £25 to replace and the colour one around £34! This makes it very expensive to run if you want to print a large amount of material. It is only really useful for home printing small amounts unless you don't mind spending a lot of money on replacement cartridges! One way to cut down the amount of ink that you use for printing is to print in draft format if what you're printing isn't important. For Win 95 users go to File, then Printers, then Properties to set this to draft format, ignore the "fix" if your computer says that it isn't optimal. You can change it back later when you need to print something important. Over all, I'm happy with this printer, even if it is a little slow, mainly because I don't use it much! If your printer is essential e.g. for a home office or you need to print a lot of material I would definitely choose a faster model and bear in mind how much the replacement cartridges cost before you buy your printer!