Product Type: Canon inkjet printers
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Great for printing edible images
Canon Pixma iP3600
Member Name: minimunchkin
Canon Pixma iP3600
Advantages: easy to use, ink lasts a long time
Disadvantages: slow to get started, bit expensive
I bought my Canon IP3600 a few months ago on eBay, not to be used for standard printing but for edible ink printed images. It came in a kit with inks, printer head and paper. I paid £84 for it, which for a printer is quite a lot I think but as an investment for my business, it was reasonable.
It was quite straight forward setting the printer up although I had to set up the printer head too which I haven't had to do before and that was a bit fiddly, be careful when unpacking everything or you might lose the little silicone discs needed like I nearly did!
Once the printer was set up, I tried it out using wafer paper that came with it, it's quite slow to get going, takes maybe 2-3 minutes before it actually starts to print but then it's okay. The quality is very good to say it's not printed on standard paper but edible paper, images are quite clear. It's better to print on edible icing sheets as opposed to wafer paper; you will get a much clearer image.
You can feed the paper from either the bottom tray or from the back. I find it prints better from the back; it seems to stay inline better. You have to set this up in printer properties when you are going to print something, it tends to reset to printing from the bottom tray.
You can change the settings to print high quality, standard or draft. For images, I always choose high quality. This printer is also capable of printing photographs but I haven't tried it so can't comment on how good it is.
It doesn't have wireless capabilities.
The edible ink that comes with the printer is very good and lasts a very long time. I have printed over 2000 cupcake toppers plus several large images and I have only had to top up the cartridges twice.
I would definitely recommend this as an edible ink printer.
Summary: Highly recommended if you need edible images
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