Although printers were initially designed to work from a stationary position, the Canon PIXMA TR150 has defied the odds and made it possible to print documents on the go. This wireless portable printer allows you to print almost anything while on the road and can be used to print documents outdoors. The printer’s portability and ability to print wirelessly means you can get some work done while in the field or in the garden outside the office. It is thus every business owner’s must-have printer.
The TR150 is a standalone printer capable of printing high-quality colour documents on the road, among several other handy features. The printer has a built-in Li-ion battery that supports rapid charging. On a full charge, the printer is as capable outdoors as other printers that only work when hooked to a power outlet.
Features Of The PIXMA TR150
It Is Compact and Lightweight
One of the sell points of the TR150 is its compact and lightweight design. The streamlined design makes it easier to slide the printer into a carrying case for easy transport. The printer weighs just about 4.5 pounds measuring 2.6 by 7.3 by 12.7 inches. For such a size, you can be sure it will fit almost anywhere from the park bench, car seat, or even a bench. The printer is carefully designed with trays that can be lifted when printing and closed to facilitate easier and safe transport. With the trays closing and fitting snugly together, you can be assured noting will be popping open when carrying the printer to or from an outdoor location. The trays also help protect the interiors from dirt and dust when closed.
Some trade-offs were inevitable when designing such a portable printer. For starters, the printer has just a few buttons that are compensated with a 1.44-inch OLED monochrome screen under the closed tray. The buttons are thus configured as power, OK, and arrow buttons. In addition to this, the printer comes with three function slots, namely USB port, AC power, and anti-theft lock. Due to its portability, the printer features a Kingston-type lock for deterring thieves.
The PIXMA TR150 is a print-only printer capable of both colour and monochrome prints. It supports a print resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 dpi, promising high-quality prints. Equipped with an inkjet FINE print head, the TR150 has an almost similar performance as the Lexmark MC342adw laser printer, among several other home office printers.
The TR150 isn’t limited to printing formal documents as it can handle creative print projects as well. It is capable of borderless and photo printing tasks, meaning you can print brochures, marketing projects, leaflets, and many others. Equipped with the ChromaLife100, you can be assured to print photos that will last longer. It is, however, worth noting that two-sided printing isn’t supported, which is OK considering its size.
This printer is capable of churning 5.5 and 9.0 coloured and monochrome pages per minute respectfully. It is thus quite a fast printer considering its size. While it might not be as fast as some home office printers, the PIXMA TR150 won’t keep you waiting either. When tested for borderless photo printing, the printer printed a borderless photo for approximately 53 seconds. This makes it a handy printer for all your marketing and creative projects when on the move.
The TR150 has a foldable rear tray capable of handling 50 sheets of plain paper when open and closes to serve as a lid when not in use. Fifty sheets are more than enough, especially when looking to print some urgent documents on the go. Due to its small size, the printer isn’t equipped with a multipurpose feeder. Amazingly, the printer can comfortably handle various paper types and sizes, such as the A4, A5, B5 square, envelope, card size, and 8 by 10 inches. The printer can print on most known paper types, including envelopes, matte paper, magnetic photo paper, plain paper, and removable photo stickers.
While its printing speed might not be the best, Canon’s TR150 output quality is worth every second. It produces outstanding results for photos, text, and graphics, an excellent performance for office documents. Although it seems to have a few issues with spacing, the overall print quality is impressive. You can thus be assured the printer will handle well with print handouts with PPT slides, Excel charts, and photo illustrations. We were amazed at how the printer handled gradients and fills.
The printer also produced colour-accurate photos with amazing details with the test photos we printed. The photos have not only accurate colours, but also look sharp and vivid. The TR150 didn’t even seem to struggle with borderless printing photos either. For such a compact printer, the quality of print produced isn’t something anyone would ignore.
The PIXMA TR150 runs on two ink cartridges, the CLI-36 Colour and PGI -35 Black. The choice of cartridges plays a significant role in the printer’s output quality. The black cartridge is capable of producing up to 200 pages and 260 pages for the colour cartridge. The colour cartridge can yield up to 102 photos for photo prints, with the black one yielding more than 7000 photos.
Printing costs is something you’d want to consider when shopping for a new printer. The TR150 can be termed as affordable at 7.5 cents per monochrome page and 15.1 cents for a colour page. While the cost of printing depends mainly on your print volume, this is quite a small price to pay considering its capabilities and features. This particular printer will come in handy if you need occasional prints outside
A Portable Battery
The Canon PIXMA TR150 is equipped with a lithium-ion battery and supports quick charging. It takes around 2 hours 20 minutes to charge the portable batteries On an AC adapter and 5 hours on a USB. It however features a 4-step LED power indicator that shows the battery percentage when in use. This allows you to plan appropriately when using the printer in the field to avoid running out of juice when you need it.
The printer can print up to 330 sheets (on USB to PC) before the battery runs dry when fully charged. This is more than enough considering you will only be using the printer outdoors and for short periods. However, it would help if you considered charging the battery to full capacity before leaving for the field.
Smart Assistant and Connectivity Options
The TR150 comes with a plethora of connectivity options to fit your various needs. It comes equipped with the standard interfaces (USB, Wireless LAN, Wi-fi, and Wireless PictBridge). It establishes a connection with mobile devices using Android or iOS In-Print app Easy-PhotoPrint Editor app, and Canon Print app as well. This printer also allows connectivity via Wireless Direct, Mopria, Apple AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print, among other mobile connectivity options. You could also install Canon Print Service Plugin and PIXMA Cloud Link for a much better printing experience.
The TR150 supports automation and smart assistant support, thus can communicate with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTT support. All these features and automation are meant to make printing easier and seamless regardless of where you are. The printer also comes with an IJ Printer Assistant Tool and driver included for your convenience as well. You thus don’t have to struggle to look for its drivers online.
Pros and Cons of the Canon PIXMA TR150
The TR150 has some of the most sought-after features in the printing industry. It has not only made printing outdoors a reality but also relatively easy too. It also has some drawbacks that one should consider before making the ultimate decision as it is with anything. Outlined below are some of the pros and cons of the Canon PIXMA TR150
- Detachable battery
- Impressive print quality
- High running costs
- Slow print speed
The advantages of the Canon PIXMA TR150
The TR150 is designed to be compact and lightweight. This allows you, the consumer, to take it anywhere with you. Equipped with multiple wireless connectivity features, you can use the printer on your car seat, on a bench in the park, or even outside in the field. The printer will not take much of your valuable home office space either.
- Impressive Print Quality
Don’t let its small and compact size fool you; the PIXMA TR150 is a capable printer with a fantastic output for your business documents. This compact printer will handle anything from high-quality text and graphics to excellent quality photos without breaking a sweat. The printer produces accurate and vivid colours for your photos and graphs, something only business printers would.
- A detachable Battery
The PIXMA TR150 comes equipped with a detachable and rechargeable battery, powerful enough to print up to 330 pages outdoors. You thus don’t have to go looking for a power socket to use the printer, as it is self-sufficient.
- A Relatively Slow Print Speed
This printer isn’t as fast as most home office printers. Although it gets the job done, you might have to wait a few seconds more to get all your documents printed. This could be an issue for the fast/busy worker.
- High Running Costs
This printer’s cost per page is relatively other compared to home office printers. It thus might not be the best choice if looking to print lots of documents. The TR150 would, however, be handy for printing a few documents, not an entire rim.
The Canon PIXMA TR150 is designed to meet your printing needs when on the move or outdoors. It features wireless connectivity, making it easier to print documents without a fuss, producing excellent quality prints. This highly portable and wireless printer is thus the perfect device when on the move or working outdoors.
This printer saves you the time and effort you’d spend printing documents from the regular home office or office printer. It is the best partner if you travel a lot and wish to print quality documents even when on the move. While efficient and convenient, the TR150 is relatively more expensive to run and slow. You might thus want to check out other alternatives if looking for a fast and portable printing solution.