"Awesome photo lab quality prints"5.0 starson by mjcomeau
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.