"Superb Machine"on by rbrocklesby
Pros Excellent quality, duplex printing
Cons Can't really think of any!!!
Summary This is my first "true" photo printer. Did loads of research on the wen and took the plunge with this machine. Took 10 mins to set up, printed a phot from my PC without changing any settings - EXCELLENT!!! Just like looking at a photo lab picture, its anmazing. The duplex engine is a wonderful add-on easy to use and works perfectly.
Individual ink tanks so no wasted ink and nice and cheap too!!
OVERALL AN INCREDIBLE MACHINE!!!
Pros Nice features, good price, quiet, fast, nice colours
Cons Using the Cassette is useless.
Summary I bought this printer and was very excited about it until I printed a photo from the lower cassette and notice horrible scratches all along the paper. To make a long story short I have had three replacemants from Canon now, all with the same problem, but worse. Canon so far has only one solution, keep sending me printers. I have been searching for other people with this problem, so that we could contact Canon as a group. I have been so far unsuccessful in having Canon look at one of these printers to see the problem for themselves. I find it hard to believe after having four of these printers that I am the only one with this problem. Canon really needs to pick up the ball on this one.
"Great pictures"on by scolvin
Pros Beautiful pictures, speed, quiet, user friendly
Cons Haven't found any yet, but I sure there is room for improvement
Summary This is my third Canon printer (i860, ip4000), both of which I still use and work fine. As satisfied as I am with both of these, the ip6600d is a big improvment on photos (both in quality and durability). If the new inks are as durable as advertised Epson is in trouble, because Canon's printers are already superior in quality, speed, and definatly ease of use. I have not tryed the card reader or direct print features yet, but I'm sure the work great. I do all my printing from my computer. If you print a lot of documents you might want to look at the ip5200.
Pros Crystal-clear photo prints that are better than many lab prints, has a smart media slot which is almost extinct, large monitor with logical menus, six ink cartridges that are relatively large(13 ml).
Cons Color is dark silver and black which does not match my G4 lamp-shaped white iMac.
Summary This is my first purchase of a photo-printer so I did a lot of research and hands-on-testing at the electronic stores in our city. I narrowed my choice down to the HP 8250 and the Cannon 6600D printers before deciding on the 6600D as a Christmas gift for my wife. These printers both sold for $199.00.
I set up the printer and installed the software several days after Christmas following the Quick Installation Guide. The whole process took about an hour since I am overly careful and went without a hitch. I had bought some Cannon 4x6 Photo Plus glossy paper and had some medium quality ink jet paper around the house for use on the initial runs. After reading some of the reviews of this machine before Christmas, I placed the ink jet paper in the lower cartridge feed of the printer and the 4x6 photo paper in the upper input tray. I would highly recommend this action since this allows you to print from either source without changing paper. Also several reviewers complained of scratches and roller marks on the prints when using the lower cartridge with photo paper. Using direct print I inserted my Smart Media card in the side slot and the printer loaded all the shots (about 200) into its memory. This took about 2 minutes. The LED monitor gives you a choice of creating a slide show with the shots filling the entire monitor with a a good picture or viewing the shots one at a time with a somewhat lower quality and smaller shot. Using the latter, continuous clicking of the right or left arrows on the large NAVIGATION button allowed me to view each shot. When you see a shot that you want to print, you just hit the PRINT button. My first print took about 45 sec but came out with great colors and perfect resolution and the machine was set to REGULAR as opposed to HIGH Quality. The HIGH setting in the menu resulted in slower processing and a print that to me was not discernably different. I have now printed about 25 shots over several days and found that all the prints were consistently fantastic. Not one dud in the bunch and these were done without making any special settings in the menu(You have a wide choice of picture settings)except for red-eye removal. To say the least, I was very impressed.
To test the printing of a black and white text document, I used the USB printer connection to my Mac and the lower cartridge of the printer. This employs the software installed in the computer and you make your settings on different dialog windows on the computer screen. Some reviewers including Macworld have said that these text prints are a little fuzzy and are a downside to this machine. I found that my print of a spreadsheet was completely adequate and with good clarity and this was done on generic paper as well(Maybe this result is due to the Mac I use ). I breathed a sigh of relief on this one.
Let me relate to you a few other advantages of the 6600D which are not widely publicized:
The six ink cartridges including the black each hold 13 ml of ink with the jets using an exceedingly fine spray. The HP 8250 has a black cartridge holding 10 ml of ink with the five color cartridges each holding about 4.5 ml. This fact really surprised me, particularly when I found out that the Cannon cartridges were just two dollars higher in price at many stores. This higher capacity and the fine jet spray certainly told me that the Cannon 6600D would probably be relatively economical.
The Cannon 6600D has a Smart Media slot which the HP 8250 lacks. This may not mean much to some of you that own rather new digital cameras but I have an Olympus digital camera which ia about 5 years old and the Smart Media is going the way of the Dodo bird.
One other point that I have not been able to test out yet is the 6600D allows for duplex printing which simply means it can print on both sides of the paper. I do not know whether the HP 8250 has this feature and this may or may not be critical to a user.
All in all, I would give the Cannon 6600 D an outstanding rating. It has so far exceeded my expectations and I could not be any happier with the high quality and consistency of the prints at this point in time. I did not find any red tint on any of my prints as some reviewers complained and no roller marks or scratches as other peoole related. However, I would definitely sugest that you use Cannon photo paper in the upper tray and place the ink jet paper in the lower cartridge.
I have owned several Epson printers in the past both of which are four or five years old. They were work horses but they were not intended to be photo printers. I am a retired professor of psychology at a large state university that taught statistics courses and I enjoy writing html from scratch. I have a web page on statistics jokes which I have maintained for eight years. I am also a solid Mac fan and have owned a number of these computers since 1984.Updated
What I referred to as "ink jet spray" should really be termed "ink jet droplets".
What I referred to as an "LED monitor" should read "LCD monitor".
"Great Printer"on by Deathbringer
Pros Very nice pictures, pretty fast.
Cons LCD does not swivel
Summary I bought this printer after long months of waiting to find the right printer. When I saw this one it seemed to have everything I was looking for. High quality pictures and pretty fast prints. I would have liked to have network ability out of the box but that can be added later so no big deal. Ive only had it for two days but I have already tested it print ability. Pictures are stunning there as good as photos prints. This printer was $200 in box. I cant believe I picked this up for that little. Again Ive had it for only 2 days but I couldn’t be happier unless they added a swivel to the LCD screen