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Canon BJC-55
Color inkjet printer, max. 720x360 dpi, works Mostly
Recommended Driver: gutenprint (Home page)
Generic Instructions: CUPS, no spooler


Printer supports direct text printing with the 'us-ascii' charset.
Contrib URL: http://www.physiol.usyd.edu.au/daved/linux/bjc-80.html


Ultra-portable printer, smallest printer I have ever seen and it prints "Perfectly" with free software. The scanning facility with an optional scanning cartridge is not supported by free software drivers.

USB and IRDA ports (all working), no parallel port, integrated rechargeable battery, due to its size it does not provide an automatic sheet feeder. Use the somewhat bigger BJC-80/85 printers if you need automatic sheet feeding. The printout quality and the drivers are the same. Note that the cartridges are rather small, and so the expenses per page are probably very high. So you should buy this printer only if you really need to print when you are on travel. In addition, the resolution is lower than the resolution of most modern desktop inkjets.

The Canons are the best solution for portable printing with free software. They are small and light, have a reasonable resolution and speed and their printing capabilities are fully supported. The portables of HP are rather heavy and the Brother MP-21C (PCMCIA) is a "Paperweight".

To get the best quality out of it for all kinds of printing jobs (text, drawings, photos), use the "gutenprint" (former Gimp-Print) driver. Then you get photo printouts with a quality close to the quality of the Epson Stylus Color 440. The "bjc600" works well for text and drawings, but has problems with photos.

The BJC-50 is the same printer but with parallel port instead of USB.

Consumables/Refills: 1 CMY and 1 small black or 1 large black cartridge


The following driver(s) are known to drive this printer:

Recommended driver:

gutenprint  (driver home page)
Top Quality Printer Drivers for inkjets, dye sublimation printers, and PCL lasers
Supplier: Gutenprint project
License: GPL (free software)
User support:Gutenprint mailing list at SourceForge (voluntary)
Color output   Type: CUPS Raster
Text:||||||||||  90Graphics:||||||||||  100System Load:Unknown
Line Art:||||||||||  90Photo:||||||||||  100Speed:||||||||||  60

Other drivers:

bjc600  (driver home page)
This driver is free software.
Type: Ghostscript built-in
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD

gimp-print  (driver home page)
This driver is obsolete. Recommended replacement driver: gutenprint
This driver is free software.
Type: CUPS Raster