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The Canon S9000 is the wide-format photo printer you've been waiting for - precision equipment for your desktop that enables you to print truly remark...

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published 22/03/2005 | a4angus
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Excellent
Pro Up to A3 (large) print size; Fast; Superb Results
Cons Small ink tanks
very helpful
Picture quality
Printing speed
Colour sensitivity
Reliability
Ease of use

"Canon S9000 - ink it great!"

Caon S9000

Caon S9000

As a replacement for my old Lexmark, this Canon is light years ahead.

What were my needs?
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- An A3 (wide format) printer to be able to self-print mini-poster size pictures
- Separate ink tanks (to reduce running costs)
- High quality - need this at A3 paper size (=double A4 size)
- Quiet
- Resonably priced
- Able to reproduce a 4 megapixel digital image at A3 in photo quality output

Source
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In order to get the best price, I sourced this from France via Nomatica. Eventually it was shipped from Germany (the benefit of a pan-European market).

There were delays in supply at the time but the price was at least £100 cheaper than the best UK source.

At over £250 this was not a cheap printer, but at the time was top of the Canon bubble jet technology.

What you Get
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Power cable (power unit is built in).
Manual (pretty good)
USB cable (USB 1.1 standard) but not very long
A set of 6 ink cartridges
Software drivers on CD

What you do not get
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No sample paper
No dust cover

Features
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A3+ photo quality with advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology™
Single Ink technology (6 colour tanks so replace only those needed)
Borderless printing (great for pictures)
Compatible with Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS
2400*1200 dpi resolution (that's very small)
Automatic colour adjustment and enhancement with the supplied software drivers.

Speed
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This is a fast printer - an full colour A3 page prints in less than 3 minutes. An A4 page in less than 90 seconds. Black and White or simpler pictures are even better....

Paper
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This printer can handle all types up to some fairly heavy card. Transfers for t-shirts, photo paper, are all catered for.

Printing
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All print results are impressive. Even standard paper produces impressive results for colour pictures but, as always, photo/glossy paper is best for the colour shots.
(TIP: photo paper is very expensive so test print on plain paper first).

TIP - hunt around for original Canon ink cartridges - prices in high street stores can be as high as £6 per ink tank! Bought online, you can generally get as low as £3-4.

Pros
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Great quality output
Fast
Last A3 print capability
Nice utility that tells you when ink is getting low.

Cons
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Cartridges run out fast - ink capacity is small.

The Black cartridge is the same as Colour ones so runs out frequently. Best to have a small Black and White printer if you print a lot of this type.

Note
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This product is now superceded by the i9950 which has even better resolution and 8 ink technology and faster USB connections.

Is This for You?
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Most will not need A3 printing so look at the A4 printers. Quality will still be exceptional and costs will be lower too.

This is a serious printer, great for making your own poster/pictures and that is the way to look at it. It will pay for itself after only a couple of large prints that you want framed.

Do not bother with A3 printing unless you have digital images of 4 or 5 megapixel resolution or better.

Overall
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I would highly recommend Canon. Ihave owned them before and will again.

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  • littlefluffycloud published 23/03/2005
    My Lexmark cartridges cost me between £13 or £17 for colour and that is when getting them cheap, otherwise they are £25 to £30. This Canon printer sounds great, good advice, thanks.
  • trevorbrock published 22/03/2005
    First review I've seen of an A3 printer - never really felt the need for the extra size, but it might be useful at times. Thnaks - Trevor
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Product Information : Canon S 9000

Manufacturer's product description

The Canon S9000 is the wide-format photo printer you've been waiting for - precision equipment for your desktop that enables you to print truly remarkable photos that rival those from a professional lab. All at incredible speeds and with the ability to retain their brilliance and vibrancy for approximately 25 years when printed on Canon Photo Paper Pro. The S9000 Photo Printer from Canon features out-of-the-box performance for professional photographers and photo enthusiasts that makes photo printing incredibly fast and easy. The S9000 Photo Printer features a sophisticated printhead with 3, 072 nozzles for faster printing and much greater detail. Advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology combines cutting-edge achievements in ink-droplet size, accurate ink application, consistent droplet quality and ink composition. The result is spectacular 2400 x 1200 dpi print resolution, 49 gradation levels, reduced graininess and breathtaking detail and color reproduction. Plus, Canon gives you the ability to print borderless 10 x 15 cm and 22 x 28 cm photos, just like a photo lab. The S9000 Photo Printer features the Canon Think Tank System. Six individual ink tanks, one for each color, make it easy to replace just the color that runs out, rather than the entire cartridge. Plus, a unique optical low-ink sensor warns you with an on-screen message when an ink tank is low, giving you plenty of time to replace the tank before it runs out.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon S9000 - printer - colour - ink-jet

Printer Type: Personal printer - ink-jet - colour

Weight: 8 kg, 5.8 kg

Media Size Class: Ledger

Max Media Size: ANSI B (Ledger) (279 x 432 mm), A3 plus (329 x 423 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 329 mm x 432 mm, 330 mm x 483 mm

Print Speed: Up to 6 ppm - black draft ¦ Up to 5.7 ppm - black normal ¦ Up to 6 ppm - colour draft ¦ Up to 4.2 ppm - colour normal ¦ Up to 1 ppm - photo - A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 2400 x 1200 dpi

Max Resolution ( Colour ): 2400 x 1200 dpi

Interface: USB

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, plain paper, photo paper, glossy photo paper, banners, high-gloss photo film, glossy photo cards

Total Media Capacity: 100 sheets

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 2000, Apple MacOS 8.6 or later, Apple MacOS 9.x, Apple MacOS X, Microsoft Windows 98/ME, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Dimensions (WxDxH): 57.3 cm x 33.4 cm x 19.6 cm

Image Enhancement Technology: MicroFine Droplet Technology

Localisation: French / France, English / United Kingdom

Power: AC 120/230 V

RAM Installed ( Max ): 80 KB

General

MPN: 6887A002, 6887A007, 6887A006, 6887A005, 6887A011AA

Printer Type: Personal printer - ink-jet - colour

Localisation: French / France, English / United Kingdom

Enclosure Colour: Grey

Printer

Print Speed: Up to 6 ppm - black draft ¦ Up to 5.7 ppm - black normal ¦ Up to 6 ppm - colour draft ¦ Up to 4.2 ppm - colour normal ¦ Up to 1 ppm - photo - A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Interface: USB

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 2400 x 1200 dpi

Max Resolution ( Colour ): 2400 x 1200 dpi

PostScript Support: Not available

Image Enhancement Technology: MicroFine Droplet Technology

Media Handling

Media Path Type: Straight

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, plain paper, photo paper, glossy photo paper, banners, high-gloss photo film, glossy photo cards

Media Size Class: Ledger

Max Media Size: ANSI B (Ledger) (279 x 432 mm), A3 plus (329 x 423 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 329 mm x 432 mm, 330 mm x 483 mm

Media Sizes: ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm), A5 (148 x 210 mm), B5 (176 x 250 mm), A3 (297 x 420 mm), B4 (250 x 353 mm), ANSI B (Ledger) (279 x 432 mm), A3 plus (329 x 423 mm), A4 Long (210 x 348 mm)

Envelope Sizes: US No 10 (104.7 x 241.3 mm), International DL (110 x 220 mm), Com-10 (105 x 241 mm)

Card / Label Sizes: US 4 x 6 Card (10 x 15 cm), 101.6 x 152.4 mm

Total Media Capacity: 100 sheets

Media Feeder(s): 1 x manual load - 100 sheets - A3 plus (329 x 423 mm), 1 x autoload - 100 sheets, 1 x autoload - 100 sheets - A3 plus (329 x 423 mm)

Duty Cycle

Cartridge / Printhead Duty Cycle: 270 pages

Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty: 6

Expansion / Connectivity

Connections: 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type B

Miscellaneous

Consumables Included: 1 x ink tank ( black ) - up to 270 pages ¦ 1 x ink tank ( magenta ) - up to 270 pages ¦ 1 x ink tank ( cyan ) - up to 270 pages ¦ 1 x ink tank ( light cyan ) - up to 270 pages ¦ 1 x ink tank ( yellow ) - up to 270 pages ¦ 1 x ink tank ( light magenta ) - up to 270 pages

Compliant Standards: Plug and Play

Power

Power Device: Power supply - integrated, Power supply

Compliant Standards: EPA Energy Star

Power Consumption Operational: 24 Watt

Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep: 3 Watt

Frequency Required: 50/60 Hz

Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V ± 10%

Software / System Requirements

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 2000, Apple MacOS 8.6 or later, Apple MacOS 9.x, Apple MacOS X, Microsoft Windows 98/ME, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Min RAM Size: 128 MB

Min Hard Drive Space: 100 MB

Additional Requirements: CD-ROM, USB port

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - on-site, Limited warranty - 1 year - carry-in, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%

Sound Emission: 37 dBA, 37 dB

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 57.3 cm

Depth: 33.4 cm

Height: 19.6 cm

Weight: 8 kg, 5.8 kg

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR: Yes

RAM

RAM Installed ( Max ): 80 KB

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