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I bought this printer a few years back as a replacement for my elder IP2000. Both were purchased through Amazon and were 'affordable' at around £20-30 pound a pop.
This seemed a good deal at the time and it's fair to say that the initial costs of a new printer are awesome! It's when you come to buy the new cartridge which invariably costs almost the same amount as the printer itself that it starts to become a poor deal. That and the inevitable decline in printer quality.
So, it came in the post and was a fearsome box to behold - it looked exciting, lots of colours and lots of promises that the printer was going to revolutionise my life with its capability of photographic reproduction. It came with the cartridges in separate pots, a software cd, some photographic paper which showed how happy i could be if i took my child skiing and a pamphlet with some loose instructions. There was no usb cable in the box.
Why is there never a USB cable in the box? I know that there is probably a very good reason for it, but y'know, I can't think of one. It should come with as-standard.
Was great! Honest, it was really good - the photographs were passable, just a little pale and the software CD had a useful tool on it to help get the best out of the printer.
got rubbish after an estimated 300 pages of colour - deteriorating very quickly in quality and colour.
It uses the colour ink like...like an inkjet does, lots of it. And then it smudges, smears and lines appear.
The software has a few tools to help you get the best out of your printer but they all require copious amounts of ink - clean and deep clean use up lots of it and rapidly fills the sponge (which is housed on the right hand side of the printer, this is where the cartridges rest at times - they drag ink across the paper).
I think you can print something like 3ppm with colour on and maybe something like 6ppm (pages per minute) using only black ink. It does have a quiet mode which isn't too bad - although having said that, if your printer is making a racket: it is broken.
The 'nice' thing about the IP2200 is you can use high capacity cartridges which are 75% the cost of two normal cartridges, you will get another 300-500 pages out of them.
If you are looking for a cheap printer that you will use on the odd occasion - this is great. If you use your printer a lot and expect high quality, excellent results then you do not want to buy this printer.
It is a mediocre printer.