Pros Speed and output good when optimized
Cons does poorly with non canon paper
Summary I had a lot of trouble at first with poor picture quality. I was ready to return the printer and write nasty reviews, but as a last ditch effort I bought Canon brand photo paper and tried it. I never would have imagined that paper could make such an incredible difference-- the output was really good. The other papers I had used were HP Photo Premium Plus and a generic photo paper, both glossy. It's a bit disappointing to have to use canon brand paper, as it is a bit costly, but not enough to make me return the printer.
Other than above, it was easy to set up. Has many, many features-- one of the best is that it has both a paper feeding tray and a casette, so one can be loaded with letter size paper, and the other with 4x6 photo paper. Also, can be bluetooth compatible with optional add on kit (I plan to get this).
Pros Excellent print quality, lots of functionality.
Cons Doesn't have wireless connection.
Summary Canon have done a fantastic job with this All-in-One unit. The print quality is excellent, the speed is fast, the user interface is good (once you get used to it), and the machine is nicely finished.
You can load paper in two different places in the machine and then swap between them with just the touch of a button. This is great for mixed printing jobs; for example you can have photo paper in the casette and plain paper in the auto feeder and just select which one you want it to use at the moment of printing. The selection can be made via a switch on the printer or alternatively from the printer driver software.
The 2.5" LCD screen is very clear and can be viewed from very wide angles.
The machine has enormous functionality even when not connected to a computer. For instance you can print photos from a digital camera or from a memory card and you have a good choice of layouts. As well you can crop and resize images and even change the brightness, contrast, and hue!
Also the unit uses individual ink cartridges which hold a reasonable quantity of ink (13ml) and can be purchased at reasonable prices - especially on eBay.
The machine oozes quality and I would highly recommend it. Note however that this All-In-One does not include faxing capabilities and nor does it have an automatic document feeder. If you need these features then have a look at the Canon MP830. Originally I was going to buy the MP830 but it is quite a bit larger and quite a bit more expensive.
I am very pleased with my choice of the MP600.
Pros fast,beautiful design,bottom cassette feeder,5 inktanks,gorgesous picture quality
Cons if your looking for a small printer look elsewhere
Summary this printer was one of the best choices I've made this year on a tech purchase,although a little big this printer shines in its features. the little things like the plastic scroll wheel for the menu,and the bottom cassette feeder for loading another form of paper are extremely useful.the copier works as it should, media slots on the front,and the ability to print from your cell phone!!!!nice gui for the menu, and the print settings work like a charm,most noticable is the red eye reduction. the printer is built to last no shaking wobbliness going on lifting the hood for ink access feels like lifting the hood to a cadillac! definately built very sturdy, but with sturdiness comes its size big and pretty heavy,i dont have an office to put this in so this fills up my nightstand with just enough space for an ink tank or two
Pros Fast printing. Good quality prints.
Cons Won't print if any cartridge is empty.
Summary I like the printer, but I have two problems with it. First, it refuses to recognize that one of the ink cartridges is there. When this happens, it will not print, even though my print job does not need that color.
Second problem is related -- if any ink cartridge is empty, the printer refuses to print. This is a big pain.
While printing is fast, "preparing" to print, start-up, shut-down are very slow. These would be a minor inconvenience if I didn't have the problem mentioned above.
Pros Prints borderless 4x6 photos perfectly and quickly
Cons Mac software seems a bit lagging behind
Summary I just printed some Disney vacation photos from iPhoto, and they look very sharp and crispy, high contrast, great shadows, really exceptional. Finally a printer that my wife approves, so no more dealing with commercial photo labs.
The Mac software, at first glance seems like a reheated version of some old program for Mac OS 9. It took maybe 10 minutes to install it on the new iMac. And a surprise, I actually had to Restart my Mac to finish the installation. Windows users will probably find it amusing that I complain, but on a Mac, you're just not supposed to restart whenever you install something new. Reminds me of old days with a PC On the same subject, one little tiny stupid thing... on the nice printer preview screen (you'll like the wheel, btw) whenever the printer communicates with my iMac, it refers to it as a "PC".
Another small bummer is that the bluetooth option costs some 100$ - a very expensive option, but I don't really need it.
Other than that, it's my first day, and I am really impressed. I already had Epson, Brother, HP and Xerox, and this is my first Canon. I trusted Canon, because I love my Canon camera, and it looks like I made the right choice.