Canon Pixma MP190 review

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Canon’s Pixma MP190 is very different to its bigger brothers, such as the MP620, which have performed exceedingly well in PC Pro over the last couple of years. Without separate ink tanks, and lacking the extras that make most all-in-ones so useful, the MP190 instead aims to be quick, simple and very good value.

Canon Pixma MP190 review

With this in mind, the design is plain, with no card slots and few control buttons around the single-digit LCD. The rear paper tray is flimsy but holds a reasonable 100 sheets, and like most budget models the Canon only connects via USB.

But the MP190 succeeds where others don’t: despite a bargain price and a dearth of features, the underlying print engine produces good quality results. It doesn’t really have a draft mode to speak of – draft prints came out at the same speed as in normal mode, they just appeared to use less ink – but a rate of 7.4ppm for normal mono printing is quick for a home inkjet. Click here to compare all the all-in-one printers PC Pro has reviewedMono text looked crisp and thick, and colour documents and photos came close to matching the MP620 for quality, though they did fall fractionally short on sharpness and colour accuracy.

Photo printing speeds were slow, but the MP190 makes up for that with a pretty quick scanner. It took just 19 seconds to scan an A4 photo at 300ppi, and managed to produce a 1,200ppi scan in under a minute, which isn’t too common. The quality was decent too, with clean edges and only a lack of vibrancy to keep it from higher marks. This didn’t seem to affect copies, though; it matched the MP620’s quality in that respect.

With only two cartridges it lacks the flexibility of dearer printers, and the cost per A4 page is a fairly high 10.7p. But with a purchase price of just £37, that won’t matter one jot to the kind of budget user who just wants a good-quality printer for occasional use. The Canon MP190 may not be pretty, but it does its intended job better than any other budget model we’ve tested, so it thoroughly deserves our recommendation.

Basic Specifications

Resolution printer final4800 x 1200dpi
Ink-drop size2.0pl
Integrated TFT screen?no
Rated/quoted print speed6PPM
Maximum paper sizeA4
Duplex functionno

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page4.3p
Cost per A4 colour page10.7p
Inkjet technologyThermal
Ink typeDye-based colour, pigment-based black

Power and noise

Peak noise level42.0dB(A)
Dimensions451 x 353 x 169mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption13W
Idle power consumption3W

Copier Specification

Fax speedN/A
Fax page memoryN/A

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time2min 37s
A4 photo print time4min 34s
Mono print speed (measured)7ppm
Colour print speed2ppm

Media Handling

Borderless printing?yes
CD/DVD printing?no
Input tray capacity100 sheets


USB connection?yes
Ethernet connection?no
Bluetooth connection?no
WiFi connection?no
PictBridge port?no
Other connectionsNone

Flash media

SD card readerno
Compact Flash readerno
Memory Stick readerno
xD-card readerno
USB flash drive support?no
Other memory media supportN/A

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported?yes
Operating system Windows Vista supported?yes
Operating system Windows XP supported?yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported?yes
Operating system Windows 98SE supported?no
Other operating system supportNone
Software suppliedCanon MP Navigator EX, Easy PhotoPrint EX

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