Rabu, 02 Mei 2018

Canon Pixma TS305 Review: The inkjet printer that misses itself in pictures

Canon Pixma TS305 Review

Canon Pixma TS305 Review. While the Pixma TS3150 is an entry-level 3-in-1 inkjet printer at Canon, we add to our comparison its little sister, the Pixma TS305. The two products share many similarities, with the difference that this TS305 is devoid of scanner and thus ensures only a printing function. Problem: it is also expensive (or more) and actually less.

CHARACTERISTICS:
  • Resolution: 4800 x 1200 dpi
  • B / W: 7.7 ppm 
  • Color Speed: 4 ppm
  • Number of cartridges: 2
  • Number of basic colors
  • Scanner: No

Canon Pixma TS305 Review

ERGONOMICS:
Whether in operation or handling, the Pixma TS305 finally has very little benefit. Its small size in appearance should not make us forget that it is mandatory to use open flaps (including the one that guides the paper inserted in the back), which will not facilitate its installation. The banality of its control panel puts it within the reach of all user profiles, but we had to repeat ourselves several times to pair our smartphone Wi-Fi Direct. And devoid of scanning, it offers an inconvenient function of duplication of document, which must be positioned on its hood before taking a picture with his smartphone. So we can not call that a "copier" function.

To use the Pixma TS305, plan a little space in front but also behind.
To use the Pixma TS305, plan a little space in front but also behind.

In fact, this entry-level printer offers the bare minimum. It has no touch screen, USB port, card reader or automatic duplex function, and no USB cable delivered in the box. From the classic in short for an entry-level product, but despite a serious construction, the Pixma TS305 can not claim a better score in ergonomics given its shortcomings and weaknesses.

Shutters closed, the profile of the Pixma TS305 is quite thin.
Shutters closed, the profile of the Pixma TS305 is quite thin.

CONSUMPTION:
The power consumption of the Pixma TS305 is one of its strengths, since it does not exceed 8 W in operation and 0.6 W in standby. Rather silent in use, the printer suffers as the Pixma TS3150 noise annoying enough to load each sheet. Positioned at 1 m, our sound level meter raises a sound level of the order of 57 dB in peak, and 47 dB in photo printing.

COST ON PAGE:
No surprise with regard to the cost per page of this printer, calculated not on the basis of the price of the base cartridges (the PG-545 and CL-546), but on that of their more economical XL versions. A set of two cartridges identical to the one used by the Pixma TS3150, for a similar page cost of 5 euro cents in black and white (0.05 €) and 11.7 euro cents (0.117 €) in color. This is a bit more than the 10 cents generally found on inkjet printers of this type.

PHOTO:
1 min and 10 s to print a photo 10 x 15 cm, 1 min and 45 s to print an A4 photo. The Canon Pixma TS305 is pretty fast in this exercise. With the naked eye, the rendering of the pictures seems quite correct, but a measurement with the colorimetric probe reveals a pronounced color drift: the average delta E is 9.1, which is really bad (remember that the delta E is considered excellent below 3, above 3, the human eye is able to perceive a difference in hue between the colors obtained and the actual colors).

Canon Pixma TS30 2-in-1 Inkjet Printer Test, Example of Photo Rendering
Canon Pixma TS30 2-in-1 Inkjet Printer Test, Example of Photo Rendering

In absolute terms, it's a sub-note of 3 that the Pixma TS305 should have received in photo, but like her big sister the TS3150, she bridles the borderless photo printing to 13 x 18 cm. Never mind, we would have liked to print in A4 photo mode by accommodating us borders. But no, as soon as you select A4 paper, you can not activate the photo mode. We must be satisfied with the print quality "superior" on "plain paper", by sliding a sheet of photo paper, for a fair result. In other words, the Pixma TS305 can only be photographed for sporadic small print.

OFFICE:
Same cartridges, same engine as the TS3150; we expected that the performances of the Pixma TS305 would be identical in office, and that's the case. Presented as capable of speeds of 7.7 ppm (ppm) in black and white and 4 ppm in color, the Pixma TS305 does better in our practical tests with flow rates measured at 13.3 and 6, 8 ppm. Figures very similar to those found on the multifunction model 3-in-1, rather good given the range of product and expectations that we are entitled to have.

Canon Pixma TS30 2-in-1 Inkjet Printer Test, Desktop Document Rendering Example
Canon Pixma TS30 2-in-1 Inkjet Printer Test, Desktop Document Rendering Example

It is also noted on the quality of rendering in office, more than honest. This is not worth what the best printers of the genre (laser and inkjet) are capable of, but the rendering is clean, precise, without overflowing, for documents perfectly legible in black and white as in color.

Canon Pixma TS305 Review

On and off, the Canon Pixma TS305 takes 12 seconds to print its first page. A delay that remains very close at the end of standby (13 s), and reaches 19 s after ignition.

STRONG POINTS:
  • Simple to use.
  • Power consumption contained.
  • Satisfactory in office.


WEAK POINTS:
  • Features could not be more basic.
  • Cost on the high page.
  • Loading pages enough audible.
  • Damaging limits in photo.

CONCLUSION:
Given its price and its limits, everything pushes us to direct users interested in this Pixma TS305 to the multifunction Pixma TS3105 printer. Better yet, we invite you to take a look at the HP DeskJet 3639 which surpasses it in almost every field.
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