I have a canon 2000 printer which I bought at PC world. The printer is compact and takes up a very small amount of deskspace. It comes in computer beige and has a centrally locatedflap behind which is access to the ink cartridges. The cartridges are black and colour and they travel along the line side by side squirting when required. I did a few cd covers recently and the ink ran out in no time at all, the small ink containers run out very quickly and replacements are very costly. I do like the look of the printer but the cost of keeping it supplied with ink is too much for anyone who requires almost any type of printing. The print quality is good and the paper feeds well, its easy to setup and the setupcd instructions are very simple to follow. I bought this on based on Canons reputation as a good supplier of printers. I had a BJ10EX and a Canon250 in the past and they both were very reliable printers with good quality output. This one made me aware of Canons focus on getting money from Ink cartridge sales. 8 Ink cartridges gets you a new printer with a new ink cartidge installed. It made me think about the factors Ill consider when buying my next printer anyway. My girlfriends printer is a Hewlett Packard and this had a larger ink cartridge maybe Ill consider one of these. I wont be rushing to Canon thats for sure. In conlusion nice but hidden expenses something no one needs, no one likes I have a dim view of Canon for taking this route.
The Canon BJC-2000, came with my computer. This meant it was not my preference to purchase it, but then I do not know many people who actually bought a printer that did not come with it (excluding companies and people who like to scan). Anyway, this printer is particularly small, which means it is easy to slide around the desktop and place in handy spaces. As the printer is loaded from the top, and slides neatly out the bottom, this means that it can be very compact as long as you have room in front of it to let the paper flow out. One other thing I like about this printer is its ease of use. It has never broken down on me, miss printed or ever sent up an error message, which means that I never have to waste time fixing it. This was a problem with my old olivetti printer. However, this printer is far from perfect. One objection I must make is its quality. At 360 x 360, it is quite low, this is fine for black and white priting and low quality photos, but for people with scanners who want to recreate a picture this printer will not print at a high DPI. This does not effect me particularly as I use it mainly for black and white type, but this is a warning! The speed of the the printing is also particularly slow, in black and white I recorded a record speed of 5 pages in one minute and an average of just under 4. In colour it is exceptionally slow, one high detailed photo quality image (or as close as this printer can get) took me over 4 minutes! At lower DPI it has an average of around 1.5, fairly slow I feel. Also, the way the ink is fitted is rather inefficient. There is only one ink container (unlike the HP) this means that you can either print in black and white with a full cartridge which is fine, or you have to use a "splitter cartridge" and have half a colour container and half a black. This means that the ink runs out extremely quickly, for example I ran out after 5 days of heavy printing. W
ith the price of ink so high (around £7 for black and £15 for colour), this means that this printer can cost alot to upkeep. I have recently seen this printer in the shop for £60, and I feel that this is a resonable price for this printer. It is certainly not a high quality printer, nor is it a cheap and efficient one. However it really is simply an average, for the average man who really only uses their printer for text and the ocasional photo.
I have a CANON BJC-2000 and what a beautiful little printer it is. It takes up very little space but that in no way affects the print quality.(360 x360 dpi) The cartridges are a bit on the small size and hence run out slightly faster but not as much as you would expect. There are 2 cartridges, a black and 1 tri-colour. They are easy to refill manually and cost of replacements is very economical, downright cheap compared to some printers on the market. By the addition of a scanner cartridge the printer itself becomes a (sheet feed) scanner to boot. Remember to buy a printer cable as this is not inclusive. The installation procedure is a real doddle.
Whether you like a printer or not really depends on what you use it for and how much it costs to run. I own a Canon BJC-2000. It came in a package with the computer I purchased, although I have seen them in the shops for around £55. The first feature I noticed, which I thought was quite novel, was that the ink cartridge has two separte tanks, one for black ink and one for colour printing. I had not seen this before and think it is a very good feature, especially for a printer in this price range. The main advantage is that you don't have to keep swapping between black ink and colour ink cartridges, which although not messy is a bit of a pest to do! The replacement ink tanks are quite cheap too. Although the "official" canon versions are around £8 for the black tank and £17 for the colour one, I have found you can buy own brand cartridges (WHSmith, PC World etc.) for around £5 for the black tank and only £8 for the colour tank, quite a significant saving, and WHSmith always seem to have a 3 for 2 offer on ink cartidges, so you can save even more money! Obviously as the cartridge has two ink tanks, each tank is smaller and holds less ink. Canon reckon you can get on average 225 printed sheets from a black tank, and about 100 sheets from a colour tank, which works out at about 2p an 8p a sheet respectively if you purchase own brand tanks, which is a very respectable price per sheet and compares very favourably with other manufacturers (I believe it is quite cheap in fact). There are all sorts of other cartidges available i.e. for photo printing, but as I have not used these I cannot comment on how effective they are, but it is good to know there is a range available if I need them. The printing speed is average, at up to 4.5 pages a minute for black ink and 2 pages per minute for colour ink. OK this is not exactly lightning quick, but at the price you are paying for this printer what do you expect. Canon adver
tise that the printer uses "drop modulation technology"!. I've no idea what this means but it is supposed to mean a better print quality. I'm not sure if it makes any difference above their normal print quality, but I have always found the quality to be very good, certainly more than adequate for my needs (word processing and printing the occassional web page). Another nifty feature is that you can buy a scanning cartridge. You put this where you would normally place your ink cartridge, and it turns your printer into a scanner. The resolution is only 360x360 dpi, but if you only scan documents occassionally, or have limited room and cannot fit a flat-bed scanner in, then this is a great option, and adds an extra bit of versatility to this printer. Overall, for the price this is an exceptional printer. The quality is good, cartridges are quite cheap and easy to get hold of, and it has some interesting extra options (i.e. the scanning cartridge). OK, it is not exactly lightning fast, but at around £55 what do you expect? 05.10.00 I've just remembered, one bad point about this printer is the lack of a USB port, therefore no good for iMac's. The good news is there is a new version out, the BJC-2100, it's a little more expensive at about £70.00, but is probably still a good buy!