Printer Type: Color Inkjet|Photo
: Number of User Reviews: 7
Reviewed by: dsunde from WA on Jan 17, 2005
Experience: 2 Months
Strengths: Fast text printing, low cost consumables, great quality, flexible, easy to use.
Weaknesses: Odd-looking printer.
Summary: I spent A LOT of time looking at printers, and finally selected this one. My main priority was good, fast text printing, and this printer is great at that. Draft mode text looks just as good as standard mode text, but it is much faster.
My second priority is low cost on consumables, and again this printer is great. Cartridges are $3-$4 from good ink resellers like AllstarInkjet.com
Third on my list was paper handling options. This printer is as good as they get. It does automatic duplex printing, which is really handy. I could not find ANY printer that was listed as accepting anything over 28lb paper. But I have printed on 65lb cardstock on this printer with no problem. Dual paper inputs is also a great feature.
Color accuracy is WAY better than my previous printer, the Epson 740. The few photos I print look excellent to me, but I am not a photographer.
I share this printer on my home network via a Trendware print server device with no problems, other than the inability to monitor the ink levels.
If you are looking for a small business color printer, you can't go wrong with this one.
Reviewed by: dtbradio from PA on May 11, 2005
Experience: 1 Days
Strengths: Borderless prints in most sizes. VERY accurate color reporduction. Bundled software has lots of layout choices. Relatively easy setup and software use. Two paper feed options for versatility.
Weaknesses: Takes too long to begin printing from the bundled printing software. Mine was missing the USB cable (I had a spare). Won't clean my bathroom for me. Unable to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Summary: This printer is, so far, hands down the BEST photo printer I have ever used. The color reproduction is dead-on with what I see on my screen (probably partly due to meticulous color temperature adjustments of the screen on my part), and the print quality even in normal mode is nothing short of amazing. Even the WORST photo printing quality I could force it to do (plain paper in normal mode) was actually half-way decent.
The bundled photo-printing software has a VERY fast cropping tool, and lots of photo layouts to choose from. Some examples are full-size 8.5 x 11 borderless or bordered prints, a sheet of wallets, double 4x6's, etc, etc. The built-in photo enhancing tools are rudimentary at best, and in my opinion, best left unused. If you want to edit and enhance your photos, use another program, then print from the Canon software. I use Paint Shop Pro, version 7 and version 8, and as i stated earlier, the results are nothing short of fabulous.
I can't say anything about how long the ink lasts, because I just got the unit. For the same reason I cannot comment about the ink price and long-term cost of operation. I definitely plan on seeing if refills are an option, because I will be using alot of ink once I get rolling.
As for initial setup, everything is pretty much 1-2-3, easy for anyone with a bit of computer experience, and still easy for someone who doesn't. The step-by-step instructions are VERY clear and direct, so I doubt anyone with any intelligence at all would have any problems.
The only thing I don't care for is the time it takes to actually start printing from the bundled photo-printing software. The software runs through some kind of printer status inquiry, which seems to take forever if you are in any kind of hurry. Other than that, and the all-but-useless photo enhancing tools, the bundled photo printing software is VERY useful.
Reviewed by: edmundclark from TX on Jan 5, 2005
Experience: 5 Days
Strengths: Everything closes up tight to keep out dust. Holds 2 different paper sizes. Someone had made a comment that case seemed flimsy. I think the case is just fine unless you intend to stand on it.
Weaknesses: It's size. Could have made it slightly smaller.
Summary: Setup was straight forward and easy. We were printing within 15 minutes out of the box. First time prints were quite acceptable, slightly yellow and light. After balancing, prints were very, very good. Print times are not as advertised, 45 seconds for standard 4x6 and about a minute and a half for highest quality. We could barely see any difference in clarity from a print made from Standard setting to a High setting and only with a 10x magnifier could you see the difference. I don't think the average person would see any difference. Use the Standard setting for faster printing with good resolution or High for slower printing and better resolution.
This is our third Canon printer and so far have been satisfied with their performance. We did have Epson's, but they eventually went bad with printhead problems and the ink cartridges were expensive compared to the Canon's.
Reviewed by: dimitrov from MD on Jan 15, 2005
Experience: 45 Days
Strengths: High quality photo prints- photo lab quality!
Weaknesses: Not the greatest print interface with iPhoto, but works great when using Photoshop Elements
Summary: 1. The quality of the photos printed (usually 4x6) is amazing. I used Canon Photo Paper Pro with with this printer and the quality is above my expectations.
2. Very easy setup.
3. Works great with my Mac once I started using Photoshop Elements as I found the interface and page setup working with IPhoto to be quirky, for example trying to get 4x6 borderless photos. The Canon-supplied software for editing and printing was rather limited so you want to go to Photoshop if you are looking to do more touchup on photos.
4. Like the ability to use both paper trays
Overall would highly recommend, exceeded my expectations
Reviewed by: dwei88888 from CT on Jan 3, 2005
Experience: 2 Months
Strengths: Very high quality prints
Weaknesses: does not pring borderless well on non-Canon papers
Summary: I would highly recommend this printer to photo professionsals seeking a sub$500 printer for very high res prints. With a 1 picoliter droplet volume it delivers great photos. Interchangeable individual cartridges are a great savings, too.
Reviewed by: lowtiger from GA on Dec 3, 2004
Experience: 10 Days
Strengths: Flexability in printing various sizes and types of documents
Weaknesses: Craftsmanship. The plastic housing on the unit feels flimsy.
Summary: Quality of the printing is very good. I wish the size of the unit was a little smaller so that we could take it with us when traveling. I am also a little disappointed in the feel - structure of the unit. I doest feel like it is real solid. But, for the quality of the prints at this price and convenience, photo processors had better watch out.
Reviewed by: erozell from CA on Dec 16, 2004
Experience: 7 Days
Strengths: Easy Setup, clean no jitter output
Weaknesses: Average Color Depth
Summary: I purchased this printer go go with My EOS 20D -- We'll let it be said that Canon build a heck of a good Camera, but I think that Epson give you a better output in the final photo for printing. All things being equal, if you use a really good paper, the Canon and Epson appear very close, but If you are going on the cheap, this output is color poor. I'm normally like Canon lasers - they are really solid....This unit...Feels a bit on the flimy side.... Then again, what do you want for under $200?