I previously owned the BJC-70, the predecessor to the BJC-80. I had been very happy with it. In my job I need to be able to go on site with customers and be able to print out documents, such as contracts, for them to sign. I decided to upgrade to the BJC-80 because it offered a scanner option, which was not available for the BJC-70. I sold the BJC-70 to a guy at work, who still uses it and is very happy with it. I didn't find the print quality significantly better with the BJC-80 but then again I was already very happy with it anyway. The scanner is superb. I did have a Logitech scanner but it had started to generate lines on the scan, probably due to a faulty photoreceptor cell. It does, however, still have one advantage over the BJC-80, it will walk across books and magazines. If the thing to be copied won't go through the sheet feed, you can't scan it with the BJC-80. That limits it to single sheets of paper. That said, the scan quality is superb. There is absolutely no banding. The scan can create very big pictures. The extrapolation is very accurate. It comes with an ISscan software package. The version that came with the package has been upgraded since. Download the latest version from the Canon website. It is a significant improvement. This model is not "photo-real". Nevertheless, I printed off a photo I had scanned, at A4 size and the quality was remarkable. Unless you look at it quite close, you can't see the slight banding effect. The colour accuracy compared with the original was good although not perfect. The ink cartridges are quite small. Even the all black one for black and white printing doesn't last if there is any large expanses of black. It also leaves the paper quite damp. This is not a problem for simple text printing. Don't try printing banners. You'll need several cartridges. I have started using KMP replac
ement ink cartridges instead of Canon originals. They seem to be very good and a third of the price. Overall this is a very good package. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a portable printer. It has since been replaced by the BJC-85. This appears to identical except that it does offer photo-real printing.
I bought my BJC-80 secondhand for £125 - I was strapped for cash at the time and needed a printer to compliment my laptop. Having read the review sites etc and also being a previous Canon Bubblejet owner (I have two others) I decided to stick with the brand I knew. The main reasons for picking the BJC 80 were: Separate colour and black ink tanks (both very reasonably priced too around £12 for three tanks) Separate printhead which acts as host to the inktanks Infra-red printing ability Built in sheet feeder Small and lightweight (now out-done by the smaller BJC 50). The black print quality of this unit is absolutely fantastic, I have compared identical pages with the BJC 50 and other brands and the BJC 80 beats them all hands down. This is as near laser quality as I have seen on a bublejet. The colour option is a boon too as I am able to print colour pictures / reports and even letterheads whilst on the road. The printer is quiet and reasonably quick. My only gripes are that I have to carry the PSU as the Canon battery option looks a little hefty and would mean carrying the PSU anyway. Also, the printer is a little on the large side - though I still manage to fit it into my laptop bag. Infra-red printing is fine, though a little confusing at first as you need to print via the Infra-red serial port NOT the paralell port as one would assume. Once set up, there is no need to fiddle with printing options anyhow. There is an optional scanner head which allows you to remove the printhead and scan which sounds terrific, but as I already bought a portable scanner, I have not yet gone for this. I understand that the latest model now incorporates USB/PARALELL/IRDA printing facilites - well worth a look. Overall, I am still very happy with this printer, even though many others have appeared on the market since my purchase. Many of those do not h
ave the sheet feeder as standard and do not offer the scanner option. My advice - give this unit serious consideration if you are a mobile user.