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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 25, 2009 @ 7:59 am

    TECH TOOLS: Canon Selphy CP780

    Ciara O'Brien

    Printers are not usually something to get excited about, but with digital cameras now an essential piece of kit for most people, the time may be right to consider investing. After all, there’s little point in taking the photos if they languish on your hard drive.
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    Canon’s latest Selphy printers are compact and produce prints that would rival your local photo lab in terms of quality. The Selphy CP780 is one of the newer ones to hit the market. Available in pink, blue, silver or white, the printer has a large 2.5-in colour LCD screen to view photos before printing and will print directly from memory cards. Get the optional battery pack and you can take the printer with you. An extra Bluetooth adapter means you can print from your mobile phone or similar devices.

    Pros: 

    The device is very compact, won’t take up a lot of space and doesn’t look half bad. Plus you can get it in different colours. This might not seem like much to some people, but it can be  selling point for others. In fact it’s been said before that in some sectors of the technology industry, if you put a product in pink, it’s almost guaranteed to sell. I’m not sure if this will apply to printers though.

    The prints are pretty good too, and you won’t be waiting forever to get them. There’s something in there about a protective film for prints too.

    Cons:

    As with all compact printers of this type, you’re limited in the maximum size you can print.  And unlike an A4 photo printer, the chances of it doubling as a document printer are pretty low.

    Ink comes in a cassette. These aren’t as widely available as standard ink cartridges, although you shouldn’t have difficulty getting them, and you can’t refill them or eke the last of the ink out as you would with an inkject cartridge. When it’s gone, it’s gone.