One of the first things you'll notice about Canon's budget Pixma iP2702 inkjet printer is that it's been designed to do nothing but print. It's as if Canon wanted to see how much printer functionality it could strip away from the iP2702 while still getting it to work. It's available now for around £40.
Missing a trick?
The iP2702 has a distinct lack of physical features, with no control panel for adjusting settings, and no storage-card slots to let you print without using a PC. The iP2702 has only a power and cancel-print button on its top, on the right-hand side.
Canon has left out Bluetooth support, Wi-Fi connectivity and networking options, but we can forgive their exclusion at this price point. To Canon's credit, it has also omitted to include a fat power brick, leaving only a power cord to connect to the mains.
There's no paper tray on the bottom of the iP2702 to collect its output. With some printers, this can lead to printouts being vomited all over the floor. It's a mixed blessing, but the iP2702 avoids this problem by being slow to produce its printouts -- even when you're printing in draft mode. When you're doing plenty of printing, the pile of printouts can still get messy, though.
The iP2702 has a lid on top that opens to provide instant access to the mono and tri-colour cartridges inside. This makes installation a breeze, and we had no issues with the set-up process or paper jams during testing. Even if paper jams had occurred, the paper path is easy to get to, so it would be a simple issue to resolve.
No speed demon
Most printer manufacturers make grandiose claims about print speeds, but Canon's more realistic, saying the iP2702 will produce a respectable 7 pages per minute in black and white, and 4.8 pages per minute in colour.