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Review Of The Portable USB and AirPrint Printer: The Canon iP110

If you're a mobile business professional who needs to print documents, contracts and invoices on the go, then you should definitely consider getting the portable USB, AirPrint and Wireless Direct travel printer - the Canon iP110. With excellent image quality and convenient portability, it proves to be one of the most affordable mobile printers currently on the market. It's also appealing to many home or small business users who want an absolutely minimalist printer at their desk - without the significant bulk of a typical full-size printing device.

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The dimensions of the iP110 are 7.3 x 12.7 x 2.5 inches while its weight is 4.3 pounds. This offers great portability, making it relatively easy to take the printer on business travels. The printer connects by Wi-Fi or USB, as well as Canon's equivalent Wi-Fi Direct. It's also compatible with AirPrint, giving you the ability to print wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also use Google Cloud print and the Canon Print app.

Battery Powered Travel Printing

Sadly, the battery which fastens to the rear of the inkjet is optional, NOT included, and adds to the cost and weight if you absolutely require printing on battery power. So the base iP110 might be more appealing to those who know they'll have AC power readily available on the road.

The iP110 doesn't come with an LCD screen, unlike other newer mobile printers like those from Hewlett-Packard and Epson USA. But the control buttons and LED's should be enough to help you initiate functions.

The setup process may be the only notable downside to the iP110. Although it comes with a manual that guides you through the setup process, many users have found it to be confusing rather than helpful. Thankfully, there's a trick to speed up the installation process. After snapping the ink cartridges in place, then the Connect button on the printer. This should let you join your Wi-Fi network quickly for AirPrint compatible printing. Setting up Wireless Direct printing for connecting an Apple iPad or iPhone directly - without needing a wireless router to get your printouts is relatively easy as well.

The printing speed is adequate at 9 black and white pages or 5 color per minute. It also has a 50-sheet paper capacity. The print cartridges that come with the unit have average page yields. Unfortunately, High-Yield cartridges aren't available from Canon, though refurb and refill carts might be more generous with ink refills.

The portable AirPrint and Wireless Direct Canon iP110 is a good mobile inkjet printer for USB or wireless use - although the extra expense of having to purchase a battery separately adds significantly to it's otherwise low cost. With suitable paper handling, crisp image quality, and the ability to print wirelessly using MacBook and iOS devices, it can be the perfect solution to satisfy many MacBook mobile printing needs at an affordable price.