When you’re choosing the tools for your work or home, it can be difficult to decide what you really need and how much is too much. Of course, functionality, price, and quality are all players in the decision-making process, but it can be confusing when you must decide between similar technologies.
That’s why we’ll look at an all-rounder, the Canon Pixma printer and scanner line, and a very specialised piece of office tech, the Epson Perfection V39 flatbed scanner. We’ll compare them to see how they measure up in functionality, design, specs and of course, price.
Canon Pixma Vs. Epson Perfection V39
Instead of running through the printers individually, I’m going to take a look at different aspects that are important to any printer. We’ll start with functionality, because as you might expect, how well a scanner functions is the main thing you’re going to want to think about before you decide which is a better choice.
- The PIXMA TS9520 has a 5 Color Individual Ink System, that means it's ready for sharp black text and great looking photos. It can even support various paper types & sizes, from 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches to 11 inches x 17 inches
- You can print from all your favorite devices, whether that is a smartphone, tablet or computer. With AirPrint , Mopria Print Service, Wi Fi, and Ethernet the PIXMA TS9520 has you covered
- With 11 inches x 17 inches paper support, booklet layout copy, oversized scanning and Auto Document Feeder for multi page documents, the PIXMA TS9520 is extremely versatile and ready to handle many different needs
The Pixma series are generally a good middle-value range of printers that have printing, fax, photocopying and scanning facilities. If you are looking for something that can do everything, these are a solid choice. The printing function is inkjet technology, so you will need to invest in quality ink cartridge refills every now and again, depending on usage. If you go for the top printers in this line, the colour match and image quality of your printing will be well worth the money. The maintenance is relatively easy straightforward too, and on average across the line can scan around 1200dpi, so they are suitable for scanning artwork and creating a high-quality digital render. The software for the Pixma printers is straightforward, easy to use, and can be installed on any operating system, including MacOS, Windows, and even the more popular Linux distros.
- High quality scanning for photos and documents : 4800 dpi optical resolution (1) for amazing clarity and detail
- Preserve priceless memories : restore, archive and share family photos for generations to come
- Scan to Google Drive and other cloud services (2) : Epson Document Capture Pro and Easy Photo Scan software included
This flatbed scanner can pretty much only do one thing – scan. However, the image quality that you can achieve with these is amazing! They scan at a whopping maximum of 4800dpi. The scanner comes with a stand, for upright scanning, and photo-fix software to fine-tune the images that you scan. Also included is an image stitching software, which can come in handy if you are looking to scan images that are larger than the scanning surface. There is no waiting time for the scanner to warm up, like with the Pixma scanners, so you can turn it on and scan right away. If you intend to scan artwork, and do nothing else, these are the way to go.
Since these are a whole line of printers, it can be difficult to put a price tag on them, but if you are buying new, then you can expect to spend between £50 to £400, depending on how new the model is and where you shop. The Pixma pro line have a higher price, but they come with print shop quality photo printing capabilities, WiFi connectivity, a full set of inks, scanning, cloud connectivity and a software suite to control your machine.
You can bag an Epson V39 scanner on Amazon for less than $100 so these are a lot cheaper than the better Pixma printers. They also don’t need to be topped up with expensive inks every month or so (the ink prices for the Pixma series are fairly cheap), and there are a lot less things that can go wrong with the hardware, saving you servicing fees.
You can get a printer from this line to suit any necessity, but like with other tech, the cheaper you buy, the lower the specs will be, and the more expensive, the more you get.
Scanning at up to 29 seconds per page, in up to 4800 x 4800 dpi, these scanners are quick and finish high-quality work. These are relatively cheap, but take into consideration that they only scan, and for this price, you can get a cheap all-in-one printer!
Printers are usually big and awkward, but the newest members of the line are sleek and modern, not to mention a lot smaller than their predecessors. They pack a lot of tech into a small body. So if you’re looking for a printer that’s relatively lightweight and sleek, then a Pixma is probably the way to go.
Flatbed scanners take up less space than printers, and they can just be stored away when not in use. They are slim and light, so it is easy to lift them on top of a shelf until the next time they are needed.
In summary, if you are looking for a machine that can do it all – from artist quality printing, to high resolution image and document scanning, then the best product to choose would be from the Canon Pixma range. The cost can be high, but you get so much more than with a flatbed scanner, and it is possible to find good deals for this kind of thing online.
If you do not want to print, but need exceptional image scanning capabilities, then it might be more economical for you to buy an Epson V39. They do lack in functionality when compared to the Canon Pixma printers, but if printing, photocopying and faxing are not priorities for you, or you just want to scan in art, then a flatbed scanner will probably serve you well enough. It’s cheaper, too!
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