Monday, June 29, 2009

Printer Conversion - Canon Pixma 1800-1900 Series

The most recent of the low-end Canon printers is the Canon Pixma IP1980. It's predecessor, Canon Pixma IP1880 looks very much like it except for the glossy finish (the 1980 has a matte black finish). It also accepts the use of the same cartridges namely 830/831 and PG40/CL41. At first glance, you won't see much of a difference between the two printers, at second glance, you won't see much of a difference either. Even when looking at the statistics for the product comparison of both printers (IP1980 is supposed to print a page faster per minute), i don't see it either...but then again, that's just me.

Now don't get me wrong, I love Canon printers. In fact, whenever a client asks me which printer I prefer most, it's a Canon Pixma IP1880 or 1980 hands down. As for the why, well, there are quite a number of reasons, but the number one reason is that, this printer's durability is well beyond standard. This is the only printer our team at Danpro™ found, that can print more than 10 reams of text in 1 week's time. It's like getting an industrial printer for the low price of Php 2000 something (around U$D 40).

Hmmm...I kinda forgot about the subject there for a while. Sorry, the topic was supposed to be about printer conversion, specifically the Canon Pixma IP1880 and 1980 printer conversion. Now I mentioned in the previous paragraph that we were able to print more than 10 reams of text in 1 week's time. 10 reams of text = 5000 pages. Can you imagine 5000 pages? Did you know that 5mL of ink can only actually print around 100-125 pages? An original Canon cartridge PG40 that costs around Php 800 (around U$D 16) only contains around 12mL of ink? Let's do the math, (125 pages / 5 mL) x 12mL = 300 pages per cartridge at most. Raise your hand if anybody's ever printed 300 pages on an original cartridge, because I never ever got to that number. In any case, let's do some more math. I mentioned we were able to print 5000 pages...right. So that's:

5000 pages / 300 pages per cartridge = 16.67 round off to 17 cartridges.

17 cartridges x Php 800 per cartridge = Php 13,600 (around U$D 277).

Can you imagine me, shelling out this much dough in 1 week? It just isn't possible, what with the crisis and everything. Alright, the crisis was just an excuse coz nobody feels any crisis here in the Philippines mostly because we're always in a crisis. Fact is, crisis or no crisis, I can't afford Php 13,600 just to print out reports. So how did we do it? We converted our printer of course. Cost us around 200mL of ink @ Php 150 each and it's more than acceptable. It was terrific. If the retail price of the printer and the conversion was included, it cost us just a little less than Php 300 worth of Agape Premium Inks. Wonderful, Php 13,600 down to 300! Haha, I'd say it's just perfect.

Ok, now the moment you've all been waiting for. How do you convert a Canon Pixma printer? Don't rush me when I'm gathering my thoughts please. You know what, for now,just right click on the image above (upper right hand corner) and save it, and I'll update this blog and go into detail when I have more time. Hehe.

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Bien Angelo A. NiƱo
Danpro Printing Guru