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We owned the Canon Pixma iP1500 for a few years before eventually swapping it for a laser printer after it finally stopped working.
The printer is of a relatively average size in comparison to other printers in its price bracket and type category. Its styling is unassuming and fairly neutral. When packed up, the printer is fairly compact, but opens up to reveal an input paper tray and a tray at the top for the final printed paper.
Connection & installation couldn't be easier. The printer is virtually plug and play as Windows can self-install all the necessary drivers. If you are after Canon-specific software, a separate CD is provided for your convenience.
The printing quality is surprisingly good for an old inkjet model. Even the colours come across lively and fairly realistic. The major problem with the printer, however, is that this good quality does not last very long. Printer cartridges run out extremely quickly and are not cheap to replace. At close to £20 a pop for the colour version, it is not far off a laser printer in terms of price.
The other big problem is reliability and robustness. The printer is quite poorly assembled and has quite often not performed at its best. A number of times I had to open it up to sort out one minor issue or another. Eventually the printer simply gave up, but even the fixed upfront costs of taking the printer for repair were far higher than the printer was worth at the time.
I got this printer when I had a lot of printing to do at university. I got this printer as it was cheap to buy and very cheap to run. The ink cartridges are cheap with there also being very cheap compatible ones available and also easy to refill if you prefer. I found it very easy to install and set up printing and used it for my time at university with it being very reliable and better than any previous printers I had owned. After finishing university the printer was not used as regularly and the heads have dried up and need replacing. This printer was very good for heavy use but not as good for people who don't print much in my experience. The printer looks good and I never had any problems with it when I needed it and it was in consistent use. I won't be getting rid of it in a hurry and will continue to use it once the heads have been replaced.
When I think of the Canon Pixma iP1500, I think of value for money. So many printers that are cheap to buy are anything but cheap to run due to the, frankly, ridiculous cost of many ink cartridges. This is no such problem with this printer as, despite not knowing off the top of my head the exact price of cartridges, I know they are a great deal cheaper than for those printers in a similar price bracket. There can be no questions marks against the durability or reliability of this printer. It hasn't failed me, or the rest of my family, in the 4 or so years we've owned it despite fairly consistent use.
+ A reliable and long-lasting budget-priced printer
+ Reasonably (or as reasonable as can be expected) priced ink cartridges.
+ Not as bulky as some of its competitors
- Not the quickest at getting the job done, especially when it comes to colour printing.
- Obviously, there are better printers out there but if you want a printer that is reliable and not going to cost the earth either initially or due to the cost of ink then you could do much worse than to purchase this.
- There maybe better alternatives now on the market as this is an older model.
I have had this printer for quite a number of years now. I bought it because I knew that Canon was a reliable name and also because the ink cartridges were relatively inexpensive.
The printer has lasted for around 5 years without any problems, only recently has it started to have issues.
The print quality from the printer has always been good and you have a choice as to what quality to set it on. For instance if you are worried about how much ink you will use you can set the printer to print on a draft setting meaning it will not use that much ink.
The printer is very easy to connect to your computer and it automatically sets itself up ready to start work.
The printer is a top loading printer and most normal printer paper or photograph paper can be used with it. There is also a special setting for printing photographs.
The printer comes with instructions of how to clean it and declog it and these are very easy to follow.
The cartrdiges are easy to install.
Excellent value printer, I've had Lexmark and Epson printers neither were very reliable, the ip1500 has been perfect, only bad thing I can say is the ink doesn't last very long and is very expensive, but think that's the same with all printers.