Pros Inexpensive, simple design, decent print quality
Cons Touchy driver software, color a bit oversaturateed before changing driver settings, no finished work tray
Summary I found mine on a pallet at Fry's as a refurb for $29.99. I bought it without any prior knowledge (not the smartest way to shop!), because it is, after all, a Canon I needed a cheap printer to add to an extended office I built last year, and I figured this would do nicely. I got it home and read the reviews BEFORE I installed it and my heart sank. I installed it and I am here to say, this is a great little printer! I encountered no banding, very good sharpness, and vivid (if not oversaturated) color. A few tweeks of the driver software, and it makes very nice prints. It can't compete with the upper end printers, but why should it, at $30! For light duty photo printing, I would recommend this printer to anyone with a tight budget. The only caveat I have is to be patient and careful during calibration and modifying driver settings.
Pros 2pl drop size helps with the quality, inexpensive.
Cons No paper tray, tri-colour ink cartridge
Summary I don't recognise the printer in the CNET review - mine has zero banding and little evidence of dither - a 2 picolitre drop size helps keep the quality up. Colours are bright, can't comment on the accuracy as the monitor isn't set up properly. The quality is comparable to that of 'proper' photo-lab prints (yes, I have compared two identical pictures from both sources). I print mainly photos but am on a budget and this printer does the job well if you can live with the lack of a paper tray. I probably should have gone with the ip2000 as this benefits from single-colour tanks and paper tray etc.
The print head is built into the printer and although replaceable it's cheaper the buy a new printer, so replace the cartridges as soon as they run out.
Borderless A4 printing and the smaller droplet size raise it above the competition. In addition, the lack of print head on the cartridges makes them cheaper than most others.
Given it 8 out of 10, although if you can live without the print tray it's probably the best of the "cheap as chips" printers out there. As far as I can tell spending more gets you paper trays and paper feeds, plus better value ink tanks etc until you start getting more than three colours, in which case the quality takes another leap. A good by if you're on a budget.
"Not reliable"on by dominik1
Pros takes up little space
Cons paper jams constantly, always has error pop-up message
Summary I received this printer as part of a give away with a new computer. When I got it home and set it up and printed a test page the lights just started blinking. Once I wiggled the paper around then it finally fed through but only printed about a quarter of the test page then an error message popped on my screen saying that the printer was not responding. Off and on I could get it to print but I always have to turn it off and on then jiggle the paper. I bought the printer for $50 with a $50 rebate, so I essentially got it for free and the retailer wouldn't let me return it since I already removed the UPC for the rebate. So, I guess you get what you pay for. If you can get it for free you might as well go for it, but I wouldn't recommend going out of pocket for it.
Pros Great printouts and cheap
Cons The printer is a bit slow
Summary I have printed out photos 13 by 18 cm and I can't see any difference between my printouts and the same photos processed by Kodak. I believe that the people who wrote the review here on Cnet didn't take the time to set up the printer properly. The ink is also very chep because the cartridges contain no electronics whatsoever, just ink. Where I live you can get one black and one colour for less than 10$. The printer is a bit slow aspecially when you do high quality printouts of photos but quite sufficient at normal quality printing.
Pros cheap, doesn't eat ink cartridges that quickly, fast, good prints
Cons pictures don't turn out REALLY good but are still ok, no paper tray
Summary This printer is a good cheap printer. It doesn't eat through ink cartridges too fast. it's also a fast printer and most of it's prints look good.
But the pictures printed on the printer sometimes don't look too good and the printer doesn't include a paper tray.