"just got it last week-in one word-WOW!! - best prints I have ever seen from a photo printer."on by OUTDOORDALE
Pros quick setup- easy to follow guide
Cons heavy- other than that none
Summary I have made prints from 4x6 to 11x17 and all came out looking like photo lab- I have been taking pictures for the last 50 years and this is like a dream come true.
fantastic quality for the money.
I think the real test will be in the year to come. then I will let you know how I still feel about this printer.
Pros Photo lab quality prints, lightning fast print speed, conservative use of ink
Cons none yet, mabye
Summary I just purchased this printer for my wife so she could print her portfolio. The prints are amazing as is the speed with which the printer prints. The bundled software is especially helpfull if you are using autocad or photoshop. The printer software comes with photoshop profiles which you can install. The best part is that even with an uncalibrated monitor, when using the photoshop profile, the color accuracy is amazing.
Each individual ink cartridge retails at box stores for around 15 but I have found them online for around 10. We have played around using canon, epson, and kodak paper, and the prints on the canon paper tend to look the best. I will be trying some Red River paper in the future.
My biggest praise for this printer is the excellent ink consumption. the portfolio we are printing is set in a completely black background, and I was worried I would have to keep replacing the black ink. So far we have made over 30 almost all black prints on high gloss paper and we have yet to get a low ink signal on the black. Another bonus is the optical ink sensors are extremely accurate.
Overall I was trying to decide between the epson 1400, 2400, and the canon. While the epsons use two black inks instead of one, there were a few features of the canon which made me choose it. First, anyone who has owned any epson printer knows that the print heads need constant cleaning which requires an ink purge which in tur uses a ton of ink, and also may require a trip to the service station. The canon has a replaceable ink head so if it ever becomes clogged or problematic you can purchase a new one instead of sending the whole printer to canon. also less print head cleaning = less purging = better ink consumption.
Second, the canon pro 9000, is a steal for the features it has. I purchased mine for 430 including shipping. The epson 1400 would be comparable in price but not in features. The Epson 2400 was much more expensive and I was not convinced that the prints were any better.
Overall I am extremely happy with this purchase. Instead of spendint 80 bucks a pice for kinkos to print portfolios, I can print them from the comfort of my own home. this is a great printer and I would highly recommend it.
Pros Great print quality, fade-resistent inks
Cons Frequent printer lockups, wastes ink cleaning itself
Summary I bought this printer to replace my Canon i9900 which was a good printer but the inks faded quickly. The pro9000 has much better fade-resistent inks (except the cartridges are smaller but still cost even more). I think this printer uses more ink in cleaning the print head than it does in printing. The real problem though, is the frequent printer lockups. The printer locks up, not Windows. The same problem happens under Windows XP or Vista and rebooting the computer doesn't fix the problem. When the printer locks up the only way to fix it is to unplug the printer and then plug it back it. Sometime I even have to do that several times. And every time it starts up after a lockup it spends 2 minutes making grinding noises and cleaning the ink cartrides. By the time it's done, it has wasted 1/4 of the ink tanks. After a few lockups you're out $80 in ink. One way I have found to break out of this cycle is to write to the printer firmware by going into the advanced printer settings and turing on "paper width detection" and then turning it back off again. I recommend having it off for fewer problems. Having the printer driver write to the firmware seems to wake it up again for awhile. This problem has been getting gradually worse over the 1+ year I've had the printer. I called Canon about this problem before it was out of warranty and the technician had me do the "turn off paper width detection" thing. That seems to fix it for awhile, but now the problem is back again, and the printer is out of warranty. I called Canon back and complained that the problem existed while it warranty but they wouldn't replace it. It took 1/2 hour of arguing with them and multiple escalations to supervisors to get them to agree to send a replacement refurbished unit. The replacement will arrive next week. The replacement serial number is even older than my original so I don't know what to expect. They are giving me a 30 day warranty on the replacement.
I've have read the reviews on all the the 13x19" printers and users don't seem to be happy with any of them. This one is no exception. When it's working, it's great, but when it starts locking up, it's nothing but frustration.
"Not worth it."on by LatinXXX
Pros Great Output
Cons Paper Feeds is Horrible
Summary Paper feed has been jamming since the first day, now it is complete not working. It is not my first Canon that I have purchased. I also have a i9900 that has similar problems but is a little more manageable. It seems that this is a problem with Canon. The output is amazing on both these printers, although the Pro9000 is slightly better. i9900 still kicks but when it comes to speed. but what is all this worth when the feeder is doesn't work. DONT BUY THIS PRINTER..
Pros Very good print quality, both colour and black and white; easy installation.
Cons Shocking reliability, cannot take roll paper so panoramic options are limited, and very slow print speed.
Summary I had less than forty prints out of this before it started flashing error lights. A $250 NZD repair later it went again and produced another three prints before failing again. I set it aside for a couple of months and then finally got around to taking the covers off and trying to fix the faults myself. What I found inside was less than inspiring: the printer appears to have been designed by an accountant. The plastic covers and doors are flimsy, the mechanical internals look like they were scaled up from Canon's A4 printers without compensation for increased stresses, and the power supply, motors and circuitry appear to be only just able to meet the demands of the printer. It actually appears to be worse than cheap components or bad assembly: it's fundamentally bad design, in that it looks like they went from go to finished product far too fast, while trying to use pre-existing components wherever possible.
The last straw was the weekend where I tried to produce 20 prints. I got 5, with the printer needing mechanical adjustors re-set between prints, or the printer head jiggled, with failures and lockups happening between every print. My particular favorite is the fault where it sucks expensive paper halfway into the machine, locks it in a death grip, and then pulls wheelies on it.
Oh, and it snorts its way through ink, too. At the end I was changing a tank per print.
Even when the machine is working perfectly it takes around 30 minutes for an A3 print. If you're starting out as a pro and are selling prints, this time requirement is a serious problem.
The printer is now in a scrapheap. If you're contemplating buying one of these machines - do yourself a huge favour and find other options. After my experience, I wouldn't take one of these home if the shop gave it to me.