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As a replacement for my old Lexmark, this Canon is light years ahead.
What were my needs? ------------------------------- - 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 ---------- 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 ------------------- 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 --------------------------- No sample paper No dust cover
Features ------------- 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 --------- 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 -------- This printer can handle all types up to some fairly heavy card. Transfers for t-shirts, photo paper, are all catered for.
Printing ----------- 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 ------- Great quality output Fast Last A3 print capability Nice utility that tells you when ink is getting low.
Cons ------- 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 ------- 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? ---------------------- 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 ---------- I would highly recommend Canon. Ihave owned them before and will again.