Pros Very good reviews, not expensive
Cons The unusually profound sound effects (easily duplicated by lifting one end of your keyboard 1-2 inches off the desk and letting it free fall back down 3-4 times). This sequencing occurs at the beginning and sometimes, end, of each print job!
Summary Like my father before me, I research a product to death before I purchase it. Call it overkill if you may. Days, weeks... even months if I must. Confident I had a gem of a purchase in my possession, I found myself dumbfounded asking, "Were there NO editorials written about this thing banging, clicking and even jumping? Maybe it's the norm? Maybe this one is defective?" Over the past 10 years, I've only purchased 2 other printers (both HP's). Both worked brilliantly (both given to charity). Neither produced the horrific sound effects this one is producing, at such a time when technological advancements are so bountiful! In fairness, I haven't yet printed a photo of any sort (kind of scared to, to tell the truth). I use it mainly for documents. And each time I push "print", I am reminded over, and over and over again, "You've got yourself a real BANG for your BUCK! Haven't you?" Wouldn't it be wise if certain products. such as printers, copiers, etc., had a standardized NOISE QUOTIENT assigned to them? Something more identifiable than decibel levels? Wouldn't that be useful? For this review, for instance, I stood in another room and imagined, while the machine was hopping, oops, I mean printing, what it sounded like. The best descript I could come up with was, "sounds like someone is deliberately trying to annoy the daylights out of everyone in the room by repeatedly lifting up one end of their keyboard and dropping it back down on their desk. Sounds like the thing can't take much more abuse. Sounds like it's going to break." Had someone written THAT in a review, I wouldn't have had to! ((-: But who am I to complain? Others have had to suffer many things so that I would steer clear of faulty products, or, nuances in good products that may turn me off, as well. So, for $50, I don't mind being the one to do the shepherding!MY FAULT! Dear consumer, it is 1 week since I posted the "Bang for your Bucks" comment, which, unfortunately for my ego, was today discovered to be my fault. Unbeknownst at the time, one "leg" of the printer was set ever-so-slightly off the edge of the desktop in a space-saving effort.
Updated on May 13, 2009
AFTER OBSERVING MY ERROR + re-setting the printer FIRMLY ON THE DESK, I am happy to report that NONE of the banging characteristics I earlier reported were observed. NONE! Although this may not be the most quiet printer on the market, my earlier report about its audibly offensive nature was UNWARRANTED and UNJUSTIFIED. Thus, I ask for forgiveness if any were steered clear of purchasing this product + for any harm CANON may have suffered accordingly!
From a photo-printing standpoint (nature-internet), I found the results to be a mixture of rich, yet a bit faded + slightly off-color (regular paper, all settings). Thus, after apologizing for my PREVIOUS JUDGMENT, I'd newly rate the 2600 3.5-4 stars.
Pros Good print quality
Cons You can buy a new printer every 2-2 months given the amount you spend on ink. It is also very noisy
Summary I think CNET gave this a good review only because it tried the product a few times and it printed well. If it used this product daily for 2-months CNET would hate it, just as I do.
This product absolutely drinks ink. With moderate use, you have to buy two new cartridges (color and B/W) every 2 months. Each cartridge is $25-$30. Within 2-3 months, you spend the same amount on ink as you did on the printer. Within 6 months you spent enough on ink that you could have purchsed a much better printer.
We finally go so frustrated we recycled the printer at Staples and bought a $150 multi-functional printer (scan, print, copy, fax). We saved enough not buying ink for the Canon to pay for the new machine.
The Canon is also very noisy. Every time it warms up (or shuts down) it is like a major manufacturing machine is going online. This makes it a poor choice for any location where more than one person works.
Pros The canon prints very fast when configured to print at Draft, and very good still when printing at normal. Color printing are not too shabby as well. This printer is good for a default, print-everything printer. Not the best for photos but simple.
Cons The cost per page in printing. You can run out of black ink fairly quickly which you'd have to setup the printer to print "Color Only" and use only the color cartridge. Those are costly. It tends to be a bit loud & configured for night print is SLOW!
Summary If your looking to print documents quickly, with color and with a very simple setup/configuration, this Canon IP2600 is great for that. It's a very cheap printer (cost-wise) however, as with the majority of ink-jet printers, the cartridges are pretty high. If they can come down on the price of the cartridge, it would rank higher. I've actually brought 3 because of the price but always configure it to print documents as "Draft". For higher print quality that you would be printing volumes of documents, I'd purchase another printer
Pros VG text print quality and graphics quality. Fairly speedy printing once it gets going. Print quality can be adjusted a ton of different ways. Ink prices aren't all that bad if you get them on sale. Standard and higher capacity ones are made.
Cons Color accuracy was a little off to me. Had to adjust it and it still seems a little off.
Summary Outside of the color accuracy problem (to me) it's a nice basic printer if you're not needing or expecting top level quality printing and you can control how much you spend on ink by buying the standard cartridges instead of the high capacity ones. For only $30 at WM the price is right and mine came with a USB cable. It's not as noisy as some suggest and it has a quiet mode.
Pros Speed, ease of use/ set up, perfect size, nice appearance (matches perfectly), price ($30), does a decent job at text, graphics and photos.
Cons None. it was $30 dollars..noise? I'm not asleep when I'm using it. It's not gonna wake the neighbors. Build quality?...it just sits there....I put paper in it, open a tray and what I printed comes out. Ink? what printer doesn't use it, buy wholesale.
Summary It's a great basic little printer if that is all you want. Print some essays, photos, emails, or whatever. $30 bucks, come on. Ink? well it uses ink so I am gonna give it a low rating? NOT! Doesn't spray any more than some others I have used. Seems like the cartridges are getting smaller and the price is going up, though. There is a way to disable the auto low ink indicator so you can use it till it really runs out. Keep an extra one on hand. How easy is that. Build quality is not that important to me at $30. It has a nice piano black finish and silver accents. Not gonna be tossing it to my buddy across the room. Oh, and it makes noise.....so does my car, my washer, my dryer, my A/C.....you get the idea. It's not gonna wake the dead and since it sounds like a printer printing, I'm not too worried. So, it's a wonderful little printer for basic needs and can even impress me sometimes, (mainly photos). So don't hate the little guy because it's not the high end model....go buy the high end model. I personaly did not need fax, copy, scan, LCD preview, Wi-fi, etc. I got, you guessed it, a $30 dollar printer that does exactly what I need it to do. And I got it at Wal-Mart, so taking it back or exchanging it is not even an issue. Anyway, hope I have helped shed a little light on things and perhaps if you buy this printer, you will set your expectations in the right spot. They say you get what you pay for, I believe I got more. Take care.