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Canon Pixma iP2850 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £36
inc VAT

This single-function inkjet is a decent buy if you don’t need the features of an MFP


The printer can’t produce true 6x4in photos, instead producing images that are just shy of 3x5in on our 6x4in photo paper. This is irritating, but we were surprised to find that the quality of the photo prints, small though they are, is actually surprisingly good. Dark colours are among the best we’ve seen from a three-ink dye-based system, there aren’t any unwanted colour tints, and detail is sharp.

Some areas of subtle shading are less finely gradated than we’d like, and our low-contrast grey and brown test image was a bit dull, but the iP2850 is good if you need to print in a hurry and don’t mind getting handy with a pair of scissors.

Canon Pixma iP2850

The iP2850 is one of the most basic printers around. There’s no screen, network connection, or cloud printing. Even aligning the print heads calls upon you to print out three pages and pick the most solid colours from multiple options. It’s rare to see a printer this simple, but if you only need a cheap-to-buy, basic printer you could be on to a winner with the Canon iP2850. Unfortunately, the iP2850 is expensive to run, which makes its cheap £36 purchase price less good value that it might first appear. Many users will get more out of an MFP such as the Epson Expression Home XP-212, despite its sluggish print speeds and higher price.

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Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution4,800x600dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A48ppm
Quoted speed, colour A44ppm

Tested Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0N/A
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.012m 34s

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges2
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges2
Quoted photo durability50 years
Quoted photo durability sourceCanon

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB
Optional printer interfacesnone

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeup to A4
Maximum paper weight275gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity60
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity60
Duplex (code, cost if option)No

Photo Features

PictBridge supportNo
Direct (PC-less) printingNo
Supported memory cardsnone
CD printingNo


Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6.8+
Other inkjet featuresnone
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Consumable parts and prices£20
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge180 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)180 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)N/A
Price per colour A4 page7.9p
Price per mono A4 page3.7p
Warrantyone year RTB

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0N/A
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.012m 34s