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I have had this printer now about 6 months and it has been utterly reliable. Often with peripheral devices like these it is hard to pick any useful information out of the manufacturers hype and you have to delve deep into the technical specs which is time-consuming and annoying. Hopefully I will save you that hassle by making it clear that in all my experience of printers, Canon has proved to be the best. For a start, it is the most flexible printer I have owned - it has two sheet feeder systems - a cassette underneath the tray and a traditional sheet feed on top. Normally trying to a printer under a desk, the paper will get crumpled and will ahve to be re-aligned or replaced. Fortunately the cassette stows a healthy 300 sheets out of the way, flat under the printer, and when printing a sheet is retrieved automatically so there is no hassle. What I particularly like about the printer is the responsiveness -something no technical specifation can demonstrate. The consumer is always quoted pages per minute, but in reality, most of the previous printers which I have had, which were Epson, took about a minute to upload the data to the printer and begin the task - no good for most applications, where only a few pages are required quickly! Running cost is also very low as it uses very fine dpl nozzles so a very precise amount of ink is applied - not suprisingly this also enhances the quality of the printouts too - double whammy! The software is also far more comprehensive, but without being confusing in any way - you can select all the details on pages appropriately tabbed and the print screen is easy to navigate. Also, there is the option of a print preview, which actually shows you what the page will look like and so you can scroll through to check for errors before you commit to printing which also saves both times and ink. For those short of space, everything folds away neatly so putting on a shelf, and using the paper cassette is no problem. I have also enjoyed the simply fantastic quality of photo printouts that I have achieved with little knowledge, if only common sense. Canon make printers far up the scale from this that cost three times what this does, but although being a budding photographer, I could not pick fault with the clarity and colour fidelity of the borderless photo printouts even upon close inspection. Now I have to say, this printer did cost twice what my last two did, but I have no regrets - I never have to keep replacing paper - there is never any jamming, and judging by my tally chart of no. of colour/text pages printed, I am achieving far greater economy despite printing more recently than in the past! One other interesting feature is the ability to print directly onto a CD using the inbuilt tray which folds away neatly when not in use. Also, using 5 seperate ink cartridges means that if, for example, you print a lot of landscape photographs then your Blue and Green can be replaced seperately, rather than the whole "colour block," saving you money. While all these features may not be required by the average user, it supplies cheaper and higher quality than their cheaper, poorly spec'd alternatives. Furthermore, when you feel like expanding your printing requirements, the Canon delivers, at minimum cost, and in good time! You'd have thought with all these features crammed into one printer that reliability would be an issue, but I can assure, non of the printers I have owned previously have lasted 6 months (as this one has) without a problem arising. Most items these days have built in obselesence, but it would appear the Canon avoided this, which to be quite frank, being a busy person as you too probably are, I am grateful at not having to be replacing the thing half a year down the line, even though I might have saved a few quid in the initial outlay. (I also have another Canon printer that has worked hard and flawlessly for the past year and a half without a hint of tiredness) Overall, it pays for itself many times over, it has something to offer everyone, and above all I trust it to get the job done. Exceptional.
This is an excellent review of this product, but having owned a Canon printer and as this reviewer will soon find out, there is a built in obsolescence in Canon printers, once it has done a certain amount of prints the electronics will kick in with an error code that will require service at a service centre this work could be done by any competent user if they knew the code sequence to enter in to the machine, but of course Canon will not tell you this, as I said I did own one of canons machines and it was brilliant , never gave any problems until mid printing it obviously done its maximum prints before service required (£60) thus making it worthless, considering replacement cost .This info is available at many printing problem help sites on the web. SO THINK BEFORE YOU BUY ! On the long run it may not be as cheap to print as they make out.
Up to 25 ppm - B/W ¦ Up to 17 ppm - mixed text/colour graphics fast ¦ Up to 0.86 ppm - photo fast - A4 (210 x 297 mm) ¦ Up to 0.6 min/page - photo - 100 x 150 mm ¦ Up to 11 ppm - mixed text/colour graphics normal ¦ Up to 2.3 ppm - mixed text/colour graphics normal - A4 (210 x 297 mm)