Canon Pixma MP130 review: Canon Pixma MP130

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MSRP: $99.99

The Good Low price; prints great text and good photos; compact design; helpful software; digital camera card slots.

The Bad Poor color scanning; so-so grayscale scanning; small ink tanks; no color LCD or PictBridge port to preview photos; no fax engine.

The Bottom Line The MP130 is a low-cost, personal all-in-one with good printing skills but iffy scan quality.

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6.5 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 6
  • Support 7

Canon Pixma MP130

The Canon Pixma MP130 photo all-in-one is a bargain desktop printer, scanner, and copier that creates decent photos and great text prints. Tailored for a small desk, the printer works faster than rival HP PSC 1610, but while both furnish memory card slots, this Canon lacks photo-friendly features such as a PictBridge camera port and photo inks. Still, you can use the Canon MP130 without a computer to make photo prints from memory cards or page-at-a-time photocopies in grayscale or color. Connect this device to a PC or a Mac to scan and edit images using the generous package of bundled software. For business-friendly features, such as an automatic document feeder (ADF) for multiple page copying or a built-in fax machine, you should consider the Brother MFC-420cn. But if you're happy with a low-cost, family-friendly inkjet that scans and copies on the side, the Canon MP130 will do. The oyster-gray and smooth, black-plastic finish of the Canon Pixma MP130 lend this device a sporty look. This unit measures a compact 16 by 17 by 13 inches (LWH) with the paper trays loaded. The control panel is small and uncluttered, with an unlit 32-character text LCD as the centerpiece.

As with other low-cost inkjet printers, the MP130's sole paper source is a vertical sheet feeder in back, built to hold 100 pages of plain paper or 10 sheets of glossy photo paper. You can adjust the feeder to fit envelopes or 4x6-inch or 5x7-inch snapshots. A rickety plastic paper support and tray extender prevent legal and letter-size pages from flopping over.

You can place images up to letter size on the glass flatbed to scan at up to 2,400x1,200dpi. The scanner lid doesn't detach entirely, but its inch-long clear plastic hinges lift so that you can scan thick magazines or books. There's no automatic document feeder (ADF), so you can photocopy only one page at a time. To access the MP130's two ink tanks, just lift up below the scanner bed, squeeze your hand inside, and open an inner cover--an easy process unless you have large hands.

You can use the Canon Pixma MP130 photo all-in-one to print photos from memory cards without a computer, but the small black-and-white LCD can make it difficult to identify the shots you want to print. We found it necessary to print an index sheet before committing our snapshots to paper. Fortunately, printing an index sheet is as simple as inserting your camera card and pressing the Photo and the Photo Index Sheet buttons. We waited less than three minutes for an index page to print. With your index sheet in hand, scrolling through the MP130's LCD menu and selecting photos to print is easy.

The MP130 accepts CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, and Microdrive storage cards. If your digital camera uses xD-Picture Card, mini SD Card, or Memory Stick Duo, you can buy an adapter for the MP130 to accept them--or look to the HP PSC 1610, which already accepts these formats.

Via its USB 2.0 port, the MP130 connects to Macs running OS 10.2.4 to 10.3x and to PCs running Windows 98 SE and up. Hooked up to your computer, the MP130 uses the same software that comes with the more expensive Canon Pixma MP780 and MP760. You can enjoy the editing, enhancing, and effects tools of ArcSoft Photo Studio 5.5 for photos and turn your scans into text files with ScanSoft OmniPage SE 2.0.

The MP130 comes with two small ink tanks, one black and one tricolor, and no special photo cartridge. The black tank costs $7 to replace, and Canon says it's good for 300 text pages at a very low 2 cents each. Replacement color cartridges cost $18.50 each and print about 170 pages, according to vendor estimates, for an affordable average of 9 cents per page, which is in line with upkeep estimates for the HP PSC 1610. Canon's more expensive all-in-ones, such as the MP760 and the MP780, feature individual inks and boast less expensive maintenance.


The Canon Pixma MP130 performed its tasks quickly in CNET Labs' tests; its text printing speed of nearly 6ppm is admirable for a budget inkjet. The fastest model in this category, the Dell 942, beat the Canon MP130 to the finish line in every category but photo print speed.

CNET Labs' speed tests (pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color scan  
Grayscale scan  
Dell 942
Canon Pixma MP130
HP PSC 1610
Brother MFC-420cn
Lexmark P6250

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