Canon Selphy CP1200: First impressions

Canon Selphy CP1200: First impressions

I have been in search for a photo printer for quite a long time, as I wanted to make prints out of selected photos – mostly for sharing with my parents and parents-in-law who appreciate prints more than digital versions. Printing at a dedicated photo store was usually expensive, time consuming and required preparation of photos, copies to digital media etc.

At first, I was looking for a Fujifilm Instax Mini camera (which supports Polaroid-like instant printing) but I was put-off by the lack of LCD screen, the small size of the printing paper and large size of the camera (making it hard to carry around with me).

Then I was attracted by the Canon Selphy CP1200, a compact photo printer with good reviews and relatively low cost of prints (about €0,30/print). Maximum print size is approximately 10x15cm and its consumables come in packs (photo paper and cartridge) which are supposed to last for the same amount of prints (so no wasted paper or ink – in fact there’s no ink as it is dye sublimation technology). After several months of price-watching, I found the printer at a discount, bundled with a pack of consumables for 108 prints; it was an offer that I could not resist. I considered it as a belated Christmas gift to myself (and family, who kept asking for prints for quite a long time!)



Printing from an Android phone was easy; I just had to download the dedicated Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, connect the printer to the home wireless network and connect the smartphone to the same network. Then, it was only up to adjusting some basic settings and prints were on their way.

Canon Selphy CP1200_specs

Then I tried connecting it to my Windows 10 laptop wirelessly; this was not possible as the laptop could not initialize connection with the printer. I had to manually download the drivers from Canon’s website, connect the printer through USB cable first and this also allowed the installation of the wireless drivers. Then I was able to print wirelessly from my laptop.

Printing from my Lumia 735 Windows phone was not possible at all; this is an issue, as most of my photos are taken by my Lumia and stored in its microSD card.

Printing takes about 1 min, which is totally fine with me, and I didn’t notice major differences between wireless and wired printing.

Photo input

Apart from WiFi and USB printing, Selphy CP1200 also supports printing from USB sticks and SD cards. Navigation is made easy through the printer’s tilt-up 2.7-inch LCD screen. The printer does not support printing via Bluetooth.

Print quality

I am not an expert and surely not a detail-freak. To me, the prints are equally nice to the one I got from the photo store. In most cases, I believe that the quality bottleneck is the image quality (e.g. dirty lens of the camera, low light conditions) and not the print itself. There are various options for glossy or semi-glossy finish of the photos.

I had some issues with cropping (tops cropped) when printing directly from the smartphone, an issue I didn’t notice when printing from the laptop.


  1. I was quickly informed that each time the printer is switched on or off, the cartridge is slightly “consumed”. If this cycle was completed a number of times, then the number of prints was reduced, as papers lasted longer than the dye so users ended up with piles of unused photo papers (note: you cannot purchase photo papers or cartridges individually; they are only available as a pack). The trick is to insert the cartridge after switching the printer on and remove it before you switched it off. I have done so, just in case.
  2. I was looking for a cable to connect the printer to my laptop – the cable was not included in the pack. After some unsuccessful online attempts for getting more info on the cable type, I realized that it is a standard mini-USB one (like the one available in the first version of smartphones). I just used one from a USB charger and it worked like a charm!


So far I have printed about 50 photos (still on my 1st cartridge) and I am pretty pleased with my selection. I have the opportunity to print the photos I want, when I want them and share them on the fly (e.g. during gatherings with family and friends). The cost is relatively low and the quality is more than decent. I have the flexibility to use my smartphone (Android only), laptop or tablet as a source for the printer and make the necessary adjustments to bring the prints closer to my taste.

In the meantime, I bought a couple of 108-photo packs as an offer (2nd one 50% off), so print cost is down to about €0,27/print. I just hope that the printer will prove to be reliable and last longer than its consumables!


Printing from Windows Mobile? Not exactly…

Printing from Windows Mobile? Not exactly…

I recently purchased a Canon Selphy CP1200 for printing selected photos at home (review and rationale to follow soon). One of its advantages was the option to print directly from a smartphone through WiFi, so skipping the hassle of connecting to a laptop or even a PC.

Printing photos from an Android phone was as simple as installing the dedicated app from Canon; no need for drivers, complex setup etc. I only had to set the printing options, connect the printer to my home wireless network and voila: I got my first set of printed photos. However, my main smartphone is a Windows Mobile one… so would this be a problem?

I connected both my Lumia 735 and the printer to the same wireless network – nothing. I connected my Lumia directly to the printer (yes, it works as an access point) – nothing. I started looking for solutions online – nothing. As regards printing from Windows Mobile, Microsoft announced back in 2015 that it would support most of the available ones and in fact it referred to a list of about 1900 printers already supported through WiFi (no USB connection).

It seems that my printer, being a newer model than 2015, is not supported and will not be supported by Microsoft, as the Windows Mobile platform has been abandoned as a whole.

It is unfortunate that Canon did not develop a dedicated printing app for Windows Mobile, as manufacturers like Samsung and Xerox did; this would probably allow us to print from various Canon printers. At the same time, cheaper, entry-level models like the Epson XP-335 are natively supported and work fine with Windows Mobile.

Windows Phone dead_cross

The more time passes by, the more issues I face with my Lumia as my daily driver…

Using a Windows Phone in an Android / iPhone world

My main smartphone is a Nokia Lumia 735, a Windows Phone back then promoted as a selfie-phone (due to its nice front camera). It came as a replacement to my (still fully functional Lumia 720, which replaced my previous Windows Phone etc.).

I have been using Windows Phones for quite a long time now, back at the time when they were the only smartphones available on the market (the Windows Mobile 5.0 era). Back then, they were a great choice if you wanted a smartphone with a decent camera, a GPS with offline maps, ability to watch movies on the go (I still remember watching series episodes on my HTC Touch Cruise while commuting to work), using mobile versions of Office etc. Those were the days.

In the meantime, I gave Android a try with a ZTE Blade, when my HTC Polaris was stolen, but never got used to it so I quickly gave up and got myself a second-hand LG Optimus 7.

Since then, Android came to the market and conquered it. Apple also managed to create a devoted ecosystem with its iPhones, Blackberry went out of the market etc. Windows Phones became a niche ecosystem of people who wanted the simplicity at their hands, increased security (compared to Android) and a set of familiar apps (Mobile Office). However, due to an awful strategy by Microsoft, things went pretty worse and now Windows Phones account for less than 0,5% of the global market.

What does this mean for a Windows Phone user like me?

I admit, I still get some security updates and some rare app updates. I am still able to use essential apps like Mobile Office, Facebook (awful; slow and laggy), Instagram, Foursquare, Here Maps and others. I am still able to use Continuum (through a hack), view my photos at some of the Smart TVs I’ve used, sync my files (and photos) through OneDrive and Dropbox.

At the same time I miss a lot. I cannot use mobile banking for any of the banks I am collaborating with, I do not have proper Google apps (Maps, YouTube, Google+, Drive etc.), some apps have reduced functionality (e.g. the one of my phone service provider is a basic one, compared to the full versions for Android and iOS). and I cannot use newer apps at all since developers do not bother with a Windows Phone version of their apps.

I have already got myself a pretty basic Android smartphone (a Samsung Galaxy A3 2016) – not only as a backup (I could use my Lumia 720 for this purpose), but mostly for being able to use the apps that I need but cannot find in the Windows store. I am still not ready for the transition to Android but I am preparing to do so., as my smartphone is a work tool for me and I need it to have all the functionalities I need for my work (ranging from managing business social media accounts to getting things done with Mobile Office – which btw works better in Android than it does in Windows Phones).

Windows Creators Fall Update & touchpad issue

A couple of days ago I installed the Windows Creators Fall Update on my only laptop, the decent Acer Aspire ES1-512. It started pretty late and took so long that I decided to leave the process unattended. When I woke up in the morning, I noticed that the laptop was stuck on a blue page (not the BSOD) so I had to power it off and reboot.

To make a long story short, I noticed that the touchpad (an ELAN model used by Acer) was not working at all! I plugged in a mouse and started investigating things. The touchpad was not listed as a device in the Device Manager and I could not find the ELAN tab on the mouse properties menu (as suggested in other cases). I also tried re-installing my laptop’s touchpad drivers from the Acer website a couple of times, rebooted, nothing.

Then I read on a forum that it may be the Serial I/O drivers that cause the problem after the update. So, I gave it a try and installed them as well. The installation finished and I was prompted to do a restart but even without that, the touchpad was fully operational again! 🙂

The device is listed in the device manager as “ELAN I2C Filter driver” and the driver was updated through the device manager to the latest version.

Lumia 735: Time for a clean update

I kept trying to install one of the last Windows Mobile updates (before MS stops the stream of updates in the near future) since September; despite the fact that I could successfully download it, the installation kept stopping at some point with one of these hard-to-understand Microsoft error codes.

Yesterday I got a notification for a new update (the October one) so I tried installing it, too. It seems that the update required a total of 1.18GB of storage – hard to find that with a total of just 8GB of storage (including system reserved storage). I kept removing apps, offline maps, cleaning the cache. I was still short in space. So I decided that it was about time for the big step.

First I backed (almost) everything up, using the built-in feature of Windows Mobile (my first backup after quite a long time). Then I went for a hard reset, wiping everything from the device and started everything from scratch. After a couple of reboots I managed to install the latest Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary update (Build 10.0.14393.1770) along with all my apps (including the ones that initially shipped with the mobile, totally useless). I only had to enter my credentials, fine tune some settings and everything was there, including the home screen tiles 😉

I was excited to see that despite the hard reset, both the stored WiFi passwords and the Continuum hack was there, fully working as they used to. Overall, it was a process that took me something more than 1,5 hours and now my 735 feels more responsive and with more free storage space.

WinTab: How near is the end?

I was browsing the Web with my Wintab last night and received a notification about an updated graphics driver (Intel; after installing and rebooting, I kept on browsing only to see the tablet switching off after a while with a “paf” sound. I switched it on, kept using the tablet and the same thing happened again. It happened once more and then I went to bed – no need to bother about that so late.

Next morning, I booted and was greeted with the Windows troubleshooting screen; it was frustrating, because the touch screen was misbehaving as it used to do after upgrading to Win10 for the first time. I swiped on the right and the cursor went on the left (and vice-versa) so it was tricky to find the proper spot. In the end I gave up and just switched off the tablet.

I hope that the problem will be as simple as a driver issue, so that I can revert back to the old one. I like the tablet (functionality-wise, not quality-wise) so I will miss it if it stops working…

Can a cheap Windows tablet replace your laptop?

In my case, yes. For more info, just read below.

I am a avid supporter of portability and lightness, so I always try to do my work (and live) with the less and lightest possible. My laptop arsenal consists of a huge and bulky 17-inch Toshiba Satellite (was used as a desktop in my previous work, so I rarely moved it away from the desk, and a low-end 15-inch Acer laptop, with basic specs (4GB of RAM, Intel N2940 @ 1.83GHz, 500GB HD), to be used mostly at home (by my wife and kids) and during trips, when my serious work had to be done. I needed something more portable, light but efficient, to save me from dragging these laptops around the house, where space is really limited – i.e. no desk available.

There are some related articles on the Web, authored by those who tried to get things done with a tablet, replacing their laptop. See for example

I am using a cheap 10.1-inch Windows tablet imported by a Greek tech company (Plaisio Computers), so it is practically a Chinese model with the Turbo-X (Plaisio’s brand name for my electronic devices) brand on it; a common practice among related electronics suppliers. It features (like almost all similar tablets) the following specs:

  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 32GB flash (expanded through the microSD slot)
  • CPU: Intel Z3735F @ 1.33GHz
  • Screen: 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800
  • Cameras: Front (2MP) and rear (5MP) cameras (both low quality). Practically useful only for Skype calls.

An interesting spec is that it charges both from its microUSB port and from its proprietary port (pin cable) so I can charge it and use its microUSB cable at the same time.


Update to Windows 10: The table came originally with Windows 8.1 and no drivers were available by the supplier/manufacturer. After a couple of months, the free upgrade to Windows 10 started rolling and knocked my door, so I went for it. I had serious issues after upgrading (touch screen not working at all or misbehaving), cameras not working etc. so it took me days of researching for solutions, drivers and getting some support from Plaisio. Now it’s working like a charm with Windows 10.

Keyboard: The tablet came with a detachable keyboard, but after about after one year the plastic gaps of the tablet part, where the keyboard’s hinges plugged, broke and so the keyboard will not fit without causing issues to the tablet’s plastics. I soon replaced it with a Logitech K480 bluetooth keyboard because: (a) it doubles as a stand for the tablet (otherwise I would also need a stand) (b) it can be paired to 3 devices max and instantly switch between them by rotating a dial knob so I could also use it with my smartphones and other tablets and (c) it was bluetooth, so it would save me the only full-size USB port of the tablet (the second one was on its original keyboard part, which was now unusable) from a USB RF adapter of a wireless keyboard.

Storage: The tablet’s 32GB are mostly occupied by the OS and other app files, leaving less than 15GB for the user. I went for a 32GB microSD card, to be used as a storage so all apps would be installed on the tablet’s storage.

Mouse: After the original keyboard incident, I was left with no touchpad, so while I use the touch screen sometimes I need the precision of a mouse. I have a travel USB mouse with a retractable cable at hand, along with a bluetooth Microsoft mouse as a backup.
USB: I have a microUSB to USB adapter for making use of the tablet’s microUSB port.
HDMI: I bought a microHDMI to HDMI cable for hooking the tablet to TVs or larger screens. In most hotel rooms the ports (and TV menu options) are locked but sometimes I get lucky.

Ethernet: The tablet did not come with an ethernet port, so I got a USB to ethernet adapter for those rare (nowadays) cases where WiFi is not available but I have the option for a wired connection (while in other cases there are both but wired is usually faster and more stable 😃 )

Typical use

I mostly use my tablet at home, when I need to browse for something and I need a screen larger than my Lumia’s 4.7-inch one. It boots quickly, can be used single-handed and acts like a small-form laptop. I also use it for working with documents, reading ebooks, checking my emails and social media etc.

At one time, I decided that carrying my 15.6-inch laptop around during my business trips was an overkill so I started using my WinTab instead. And I haven’t regretted it. It is much lighter, flexible (e.g. I can use the tablet only when reading a document or reviewing my slides during a flight, where space is limited, and attach the keyboard when I am at the hotel room or during the meeting / workshop that I am attending, for working on my slides, keeping notes, sending emails, sharing outcomes through social media etc.

In both cases, WinTab is a great laptop substitute: It is capable of handling light multitasking, e.g. a few browser tabs open along with a couple of MS Word files, a PPT presentation etc. It can decently play YouTube videos and MP4 files without stutters. It is really sufficient for such light tasks and makes me wonder about the crappy netbook I once owned (an Acer Aspire One 751h), which was a real nightmare to use, even with lightweight Linux distributions – how badly designed it was…

Issues faced

Battery: The battery lasts much less than advertised. I haven’t tested it thoroughly but it won’t keep charge for more than 3 hours, which is really low (and less than I need), depending on the usage. For this, I decided to buy a 2m microUSB cable so that I can access any available power outlet.

Lack of Miracast support: It would be lovely for the tablet to support Miracast, so that I could wirelessly mirror its screen on a Smart TV or large screen. Its hardware does not allow it so I need to hook it through the HDMI port. It cannot be used as a larger screen for other devices, so e.g. I cannot project my smartphone’s images or videos to it – wirelessly.

Screen quality: I do not mind about the low resolution of the screen, and it’s size is adequate most of the times. However, I recently noticed some flickering of the screen, which is really annoying.

Storage: I use the remaining internal storage of the tablet for installing apps and the microSD card for storing stuff (music, movies, images etc.). However, my work is much larger than that and I need to keep files synced. In order to address this, I keep my archive on an external HDD and work directly on it, when it comes to real work. I also have a selection of movies and music there, so that I do not exhaust the microUSB capacity. I’d love to have more than 128GB of internal storage, so that I could avoid this.

Heat: The tablet is fanless and shouldn’t raise the temperature but maybe due to bad design (and lack of air flow), it gets really hot behind the CPU. It may affect the battery life, but it’s not really a problem.

So to make a long story short, one can replace a laptop with a basic Windows tablet, but this surely depends on the expected use and requirements. A typical Windows tablet with a Z3735f CPU and 2GB of RAM can do much more than I expected and costs less than a low-end laptop.

Hacking my Lumia 735 to support Continuum

I recently came across a video showing how to enable Continuum on any Lumia smartphone and use it without display dock. It sounded pretty interesting, especially taking into consideration that we now have a smart TV at home (after the old TV broke down) and I wouldn’t want to invest in proprietary solutions like a Continuum dock. My Lumia 735 does not officially support Continuum (in fact I have a hard time projecting content to our smart TV as well) so I thought I should give it a try to see how it goes.

I took some time last night (less than 30 mins in total) to download the necessary files, hack the phone’s registry and restart the phone a couple of times. Then it actually worked! I managed to project my Lumia’s screen to my Toshiba’s laptop screen (despite the warnings I got that the laptop’s hardware does not support projecting from other sources). It was rather laggy but I could see a full-size desktop on the screen and actually run my Lumia’s apps using its touch screen as a touchpad 😃

Unfortunately, this was not the case for my Samsung smart TV; my Lumia could see the TV but could not pair successfully, while I kept seeing that the TV also tried to connect to the phone but with no luck. Interoperability issues I guess, with too many different protocols for performing a simple task.

In any case, the specific application of Continuum was not really useful, as I had a fully working 17-inch laptop in front of me so I had access to more processing power and a full size keyboard, along with a mouse.

However, the next day I thought I should give Continuum a try at the office, where in one of the meetings rooms there is a Philips Smart TV with a Miracast dongle attached to one of its HDMI ports. So I switched on the TV, selected the proper HDMI port as the source and waited. At the same time, I switched on the WiFi on my Lumia and launched the Continuum app. It took only a couple of seconds to see the home page of my Lumia mirrored on the meeting room’s smart TV!

What does this mean in practice? Let’s say I participate in a meeting where we share content and keep notes using the Intel NUC attached in the second HDMI port of the same smart TV. If I want to share something that I have on my phone, I just have to switch the image source (from one HDMI to the other), saving me from:

  • having to use any app credentials in another’s user account (running on the NUC),
  • having to switch to my user account on the NUC,
  • having to remember the credentials I use for a given app/account (I tend to forget lately)

From the convenience of my smartphone, I can show photos, videos, slides or even open a web page to share it with everyone in the room – wirelessly and with no hassle. How cool is that?

Issue with laptop’s keyboard – and how I fixed it

The truth is that my WinTab with its Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard has almost completely replaced my laptops at home (and often during business trips) – I even get some work done using my smartphones now. I still have my aging but still hard working Toshiba C670-1C1 for specific purposes, such as letting kids watch videos on YouTube or play some online games which is great thanks to its 17-inch screen.

I recently wanted to work on a document so I pulled out the laptop and entered my password – it was rejected. I tried once more, more carefully, only to find out that some keystrokes did not display on screen (namely 1 and 3). I used the numeric keys and managed to log in. After testing the keyboard, I realized that several keys on its left side (including the space bar) did not operate correctly (e.g. pressing them did not have any result). At first I suspected kids pushing the keys so hard that the keyboard ribbon was either broken or removed; kids could have also spilled water on the keyboard without letting me know.

I started looking for online information about the issue; many posts referred to NumLock and other key combinations that could cause the issue; however this did not solve my problem. I also completely uninstalled the keyboards drivers from the Device Manager and disabled device driver updates through Windows Update (as I read online) but still no luck. I even connected my bluetooth keyboard to check if the issue would appear (i.e. software or hardware updates) but it worked fine – so there was something wrong with my laptop.

In the end, I came across a post mentioning a Lenovo pointing device in the Device Manager, and how it should be removed as it caused issues (like mine). I checked, and indeed there was a Lenovo pointing device there (keep in mind that my laptop is a Toshiba, not a Lenovo!). I just had to uninstall the device and voila – the keyboard worked like a charm!

I am still not sure how this Lenovo pointing device drivers made it into my system (maybe a Windows Update component?) but I am glad that I managed to find out the solution and bring the laptop back to normal operation 🙂

Upgrade day

Today was a day full of upgrades for my hardware:

  • I woke up only to see that my Lumia 735 had the latest Windows Insider build (10.0.14977.1000) waiting to be downloaded and installed. I took some time to download it before I left home and then let it do the installation while I was offline. The process worked great, for once more.
  • After I got home, I upgraded my newly-purchased TP-Link TD-W8960N V7 modem/router to the latest firmware version (v.160614 Rel.41323). If I find some time, I may give the OpenWRT firmware a try as well.
  • Then, it was time for my (also newly-purchased Samsung BD-J4500R Blu-Ray Player. I upgraded its firmware from v1008.1 to v.1011.0.

If you ask me, I have no idea about what the new firmwares bring to my devices. I rest assured that they will operate better in some aspects. 🙂