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Canon S9000 - ink it great!


Up to A3 (large) print size; Fast; Superb Results

Small ink tanks

Recommendable Yes:

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Range of extra features / functionsGood

Instruction manualGood

Manufacturer SupportGood

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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

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

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.

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....

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

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.

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

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.

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.

I would highly recommend Canon. Ihave owned them before and will again.
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littlefluffycloud 23.03.2005 03:04

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 22.03.2005 20:47

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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Manufacturer's product description

The Canon S9000 is the wide-format photo printer you've been waiting for - precision equipment for your desktop tha...


MPN 6887A002, 6887A007, 6887A006, 6887A005, 6887A011AA
Printer Type Personal printer - ink-jet - colour
Localisation French / France, English / United Kingdom


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

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