"Very poor quality printer."0.5 starson by gun-smoke
Pros: It looks pretty cool as a large paperweight. Tech support is in the USA.
Cons: Text quality is poor, color is blown out in printed images, and the ADF cannot scan anything with details properly because they disable it with their software on purpose.
Summary: I purchased the Canon PIXMA for three main reasons; to print text documents, pictures, and to scan stacks of images through the ADF. Here’s what I noticed:
Printing text: It was sloppy. You could see bleeding and blotchy ink everywhere. Yes it was legible and you'd have to inspect it to see it, but it was pretty bad. Compared to the HP OfficeJet Pro L7000 series, the Canon makes the HP look like a laser printer. (I'm not a fan of HP, either, but at least they print quality text.) I called tech support and they told me I needed to run their head cleaning utility, etc., so I did. No improvement at all. (The plus side is that their support is here in the USA, and they speak English. The negative side is that they think their printers are perfect and so they blame everything else in the world for any problems their printers have.) If I had to give the text quality a rating between 1 and 10, with a good laser printer being a 10, I would give this Canon a 2 out of 10 while the HP OfficeJet L7000 series would get an 8 or 9.
Printing graphics and pictures: The images printed with insane amounts of color, blowing out the images so they were unrecognizable from their original appearance. I think this is so they can appear to have "enhanced" or "more colorful" images, but really it's just oversaturated. I even removed the color enhancing features in the settings and it still printed the same way. I shouldn't need to tweak image settings before printing to get them to print out like they should. Changing settings is for making the image print different from the original. I showed the printouts to the original artists who sent me their images and they were amazed at how many colors were added to their artwork. I even looked at the originals on their own monitors (which looked like mine) and verified it. Compared to the HP OfficeJet Pro L7000 series again, the HP printed it exactly like it should have. I compared both images side-by-side, and I can't believe the Canon was this bad at reproducing accurate color. I also noticed lines going across the black areas of the image with the Canon.
Scanning through the ADF: I have stacks of both pencil and ink drawings that I need to scan, and I wanted to place them all in the ADF and have it go to a PDF file. I also wanted the scans to look similar to the originals. However, this is not possible with the Canon for some reason. I tried scanning with the included Canon software and the only way I could get a good scan is when I lifted the top and put the page directly on the glass. Whenever I scanned through the ADF it looked horrible. I could see the page scanning perfect, but then the software messed it up after the whole page was finished scanning. I turned off all the settings that would change the document, but it still did this. I was able to customize the settings for scanning on the glass, but not through the ADF; even though the settings are available to you to customize on the ADF, those settings don’t actually function. When scanning on the glass, you have the option to set the type to "Photo," while in the ADF you can only select "Color Document" and there is no "Photo" setting available. I called Canon's tech support again. After telling me I needed to uninstall and re-install their software, which I did, and after hearing them tell me it was my "Windows XP," I learned that the Canon engineers actually decided to DISABLE this feature when scanning through the ADF because "they don't want people scanning with the photo setting through the ADF." Unbelievable! Looking at the box this Canon printer is packaged in, they have a color document with a photo placed on the ADF, but according to their own engineers, they don't want people to scan these sorts of pages like that. It’s either false advertising or stupidity. I guarantee that page on the box won't scan through with very high quality. So it's actually the Canon software that makes the ADF useless, but the printer itself is capable of doing it. Granted, you can use the WIA driver to scan instead of the Canon driver, but that really just proves it; the hardware can do it but the Canon software prevents it. The WIA driver means you'll have to crop every page though, and I just want something to work properly.
So I returned the Canon today. I really wanted to like it, but unfortunately I don't recommend it to anyone.
(You'll also need to purchase a USB cable even if you want to install this in a network, since they don't include one even though you can't complete installation unless you have one connected.)