Pros Excellent photo resolution, duplex printing, frugal with ink, quiet
Cons Shiny black case shows fingerprints.
Summary I bought this printer mostly for its duplex printing capability. Although I could have gotten duplex printing with an ip4000 or just about any other Canon ip printer. However, I decided to try to get as much photo resolution as possible. This printer is basically the i9900 without the medium-format, larger sheet capability, but with duplex instead. Photo resolution is outstanding. I do not really notice excess magenta in peoples' faces in color photos, as some people have mentioned, but maybe this is because I have only used Canon Photo Paper Pro. Results with other paper may vary. I also have an HP 7350 Photosmart printer, which can have up to 5 colors plus black, with two cartridges. The HP uses cartridges quickly, and at $35 and $25 each, they aren't cheap to replace. After printing 172 continuous pages of color photos, text and graphics in duplex mode with the ip8500 (that's 86 sheets) without picking up any extra sheets from the feeder or screwing up in any way, the ip8500 status window showed hardly any depletion of ink. The HP would have been seriously depleted after this many pages. Although I have only had the ip8500 for a couple of weeks, with the ability to replace only the ink colors that are depleted, the duplex ability and the apparent frugality withink, I expect a low operating cost for the ip8500.Updated
This printer continues to impress. My wife wrote a 290-page family history document, with lots of color and black-and-white photographs, color charts and other color graphics.
She used 32-pound HP Presentation paper, despite a statement in the manual to not use over 28-pound paper. The 32-pound paper seemed to work fine, so we continued to use it.
She printed out 10 copies of this 290-page document, most pages duplex. Because of some quirks with the software she was using (Family Tree Maker 2005), it was sometimes necessary to print on one side of the paper and re-insert it upside-down and backwards to print on the other side. This was to get the proper left-right page configuration, due to some bugs in the software.
In any case, this printer has printed out between 3500 and 4000 pages, most of them duplex, which is actually @ 1750-2000 sheets, mostly on the afore-menntion 32-pound paper.
No bad feeds from the tray and no bad printouts. Nary a do-over.
In the case of this document, the most often-changed ink tank was black (used for text), followed by yellow, magenta. cyan, photomagenta, photo-cyan, green and red. The cartridges are around $11-$13 each. There are some cheaper (about half) "compatible" cartridges made by 3rd parties, but we didn't try them.
We probably spent about $150-$175 on ink printing out 3000 pages.
Fairly frugal, I believe. cheaper than my HP printer would have been for the same number of pages, plus duplex would have been very tedious with the HP.
I still recommend this printer!Updated
It is now March 2007. Since my report in November 2005, the printer has not done any heavy-duty tasks. It spent all of 2006 doing mostly normal, everyday destiop printer chores. Hardly any duplex printing. It does these chores as well as anyone could as of a desktop printer. I had to move it to a shelf which restricted the opening of the top cover, so it has been feeding from the bottom tray for about 9 months. Still the same great printing performance and quality, and still the same lack of malfunctions in paper feeds. An excellent evryday printer, as well as one that can do big jobs well.
"Superb output and great features make for good value for money, despite the price tag."on by lewis_wilson
Pros Fast (USD2.0), 8 separate ink tanks to maximise efficiency, dual paper feeds to minimise switchovers between plain and photo paper, easy to setup and operate and amazing output.
Cons Comes with a top-of-the range price tag.
Summary This is my first Canon printer. Although I have only had it for a couple of days, I wish that I had bought it months ago. It was simple to install and the output is both fast and excellent. The bundled software makes printing a snap. It is not a cheap printer, but represents excellent value for money and, if you are looking for a full-featured photo printer, then well worth a look.
Pros Fast, High Quality, excellent color matching
Cons Small ink tanks
Summary I was formerly sworn to the HP photosmart line. The idea of being able to change the print heads everytime I changed the cartridges is very appealing. The print heads on the i8500 are easily removable. The color match capability is better due to the fact that hp decided to go toward black and white photography with their photogray line of cartridges. Canon went toward the red and green enhancing the color photography line. Smoother color transitions and 2 picoliter drop size equal sharper pictures. This is also a very fast printer.
Pros quality of the output, ease of use, no brainer setup, dual USB ports on back
Cons no bluetooth
Summary this is a pretty awesome printer. i'm not one to usually write reviews but after printing a few test prints with it i knew it was a gem.
i pulled it out of the box, followed the setup instructions, loaded the ink, paper and drivers and viola! photo-lab quality prints... amazing. i also have an HP 7460 and this thing is honestly in a whole different league. the output is stellar and the pages print very fast.
one other note that i didn't see elsewhere and was a pleasant surprise was the dual usb connections on the back - this was a huge bonus for me as i have both a Mac Powerbook and a Dell PC. now they can both be happy with their own ports. pure genius. the only thing better would be bluetooth.
Pros This is by far the best printer I've ever had for printing photos. The quality of the prints is better then the color laser and dye-sub printers I've previously used. I've only had it a few days, but so far its produced only fantastic prints. Just as i
Cons The 'Quality Priority' option thats needed to get the best results is a bit hidden. It does make a significant improvement when turned on. (OK, that was being a bit picky)