Friday, September 18, 2009

Canon Pixma MP540

About seven months ago I bought a Canon Pixma MP510 printer/scanner for a hundred bucks. Not quite three months later, it fatally fucked up when a page I was printing fed back into it and jammed it. It was a very minor jam, but the printer never recovered from it. I kept it around for a while on the hopes I could at least salvage the ink tanks when I replaced it, but I finally had to throw it out a couple of weeks ago.

So, I was without a printer for several months, but, more importantly, without a scanner for the first time in well over a decade, and that I particularly missed. Well, today, I finally decided to do something about so I looked around online and found as close a match as I could: a Canon Pixma MP540. Most places in Canada seem to be selling it for $125-130 at the moment, but Canada Computers was selling it for $80. The store nearest to me had just one left, so I snagged it. For what it's worth, I can now print photos, maps, and email, and scan old prints and text for OCR again. And I'm going to try my damnedest NOT to jam this one!

2 comments:

jim said...

Hey, looks like a solid little performer! If my cheapo Kodak all-in-one ever dies ... strike that, when it dies ... this looks like a great replacement.

Have you heard that Canon's about to introduce the successor to the S80 camera, the S90?

http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/s90.htm

Lone Primate said...

Hi, Jim, :)

I did hear about the S90! Someone on Flickr pointed it out to me just a little while ago. Also, apparently, the G11 is out now. I'm heartened by both -- I never expected to see an S90! -- but for now, no plans to upgrade. I'm still pretty happy with the models I have, and, as you know, I have my sights set on the new Fuji 3D camera, eventually.

I can really recommend the MP540, though they might be a vanished breed by the time your printer gives up the ghost. Still, a Canon printer in the PIXMA line would serve you well, I think (as long as you don't jam it...). I'm getting really beautiful prints out of the 540.