First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Canon PIXMA MP180
- Competitive price, Excellent text performance, Good scan feature
- Struggled to inject vibrancy into graphical prints
Office users searching for a bargain should snap this up. The PIXMA MP180's text output is excellent for the price, and scan facilities aren't bad either. However, if you're after graphics output that takes the breath away, look elsewhere.
Price$ 99.00 (AUD)
Buy now (Selling at 6 stores)
Potentially a stunning deal for its meagre price tag, the appeal of the Canon Pixma MP180 multifunction device (MFD) will depend on whether you want it for graphics or for office work.
Strangely, it's rather better suited to the office. We say strangely, because the MP180 comes kitted out with all the features sought out by budding photo enthusiasts. The now ubiquitous PictBridge port is included, as is a full flash memory drive. And the Canon's funky styling makes it seem more suitable for home users.
The specifications are nothing sensational, although they're still very decent, considering the price; after all, the device prints, scans and copies. The print resolution of 4800x1200 and optical 1200x2400 compare well with the likes of some HP models, while the optical scanning facilities are also competitive.
Fire some text through the Pixma MP180, and it passes the tests with flying colours. Don't bother with the fastest mode and its faint output, but excellent results can be obtained by bumping up the resolution a touch. Indeed, the Pixma MP180 generated sharp, clean text at a decent 6.6ppm (pages per minute).
Colour graphics, however, are another matter. Speed was competitive, but the Pixma MP180 struggled to inject real vibrancy into the prints. While similar HP models offer vivid and eye-catching output, the Pixma's bordered on the dull. And while the print mechanism worked fine on text, colour printing tended to make the paper curl.
Scanning facilities were competitive with HP MFD models, even if the colour wasn't as plush. However, scan times were decent, and Canon's software is extremely intuitive.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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