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I bought this for my son earlier this year and it is definately the best printer hes had so far - i must admit i use it a lot myself. I am not great at technology and things like replacing ink cartridges scare me silly! However it couldnt be more simpe than with this one. You have four different ink cartridges and it tells you when they need replacing, you press one button and it stops on the one you need to change - you pull out the old one slot in the new one and jobs done! It has saved me a lot of money buying this kind because you only replace the one colour at a time, so it is cheaper - and there is an option to choose colour or black and white so you dont waste any ink unneccesarily. It is easy to photocopy on it - just put it in press a button and its done, and the scanner is of a very high quality.
After buying a Sony digital camera 6 months ago, it soon became apparent that my old and dated Epson printer was not up to the job. The search began for a quality printer capable of producing A4 photos, but also being able to act as an everyday printer for letters, documents etc.
After a good look round and using all the usual research methods, it came down to a choice between an Epson and a Canon. I chose the Canon mainly because I had a few problems with blocked jets on my old Epson printer and Canon equipment always strikes me as being high quality product. Also I loved the sleek design of the Canon, the black box looks very cool!
The model I bought was the Canon PIXMA iP 5000. On unpacking the printer I was immediately impressed with the build quality. Set up was painless; this was due to the very clear instructions provided. I had no problems what so ever with installation of the drivers or the software. The print head and inks were also a doddle to install.
There are 5 ink cartridges to put in: cyan, magenta, yellow and two blacks ones; one black is used in photos and a extra large black one is used for document printing, which I think is a excellent idea. Now I could go into reams of technical stuff about dpi, speeds etc but it does not mean much to me! All I am concerned about is the quality output and to some degree the running costs.
The quality of photos is absolutely outstanding with good true colours, no blotching or any fuzziness and remarkable detail in the picture, it is just stunning and output is produced at reasonable speed and the noise is of a very acceptable level. The printer also produces letters and documents which are very crisp and with easily readable fonts.
The only drawback I have encounted is when I have used non-standard Canon inks and cheaper photo paper, the results are in my mind of far inferior quality and certainly not worth the cost saving, particularly as the printer does seem to go for ages before an ink cartridge needs replacing and because there are five you only generally need to replace one at a time.
Overall I think this is an exceptional printer producing quality results at a reasonable cost.
An advanced printer using next-generation technology, the PIXMA iP5000 breaks through the print quality barrier - producing industry-first 1pl ink droplets to deliver ultimate photo print quality.
Benefit from unsurpassed precision color printing, delivering exceptional color accuracy and image clarity. Canon's FINE print head utilizes Micro-Nozzles to eject industry-first 1pl ink droplets - the smallest ever - to achieve remarkable detail, with a 9600 x 2400 dpi¹ resolution. What's more, unique ContrastPLUS technology uses an additional black ink to give extra contrast and color depth to all your prints.
Breathtaking print speeds bring outstanding productivity to all your printing tasks, without sacrificing quality. Print at up to 25 pages per minute in mono and 17 ppm in color. Or enjoy rapid borderless printing on 4 x 6", 5 x 7" and A4 sizes. For example, you can produce a beautiful 4 x 6" borderless print in only 36 seconds.
The compact PIXMA iP5000 printer packs more features into less space. An integral duplex unit provides two-sided printing to cut your paper costs considerably. Dual paper trays, that fold away neatly, allow easy multi-path feeding for both photo and plain paper. Plus you can print designs directly onto compatible CD-R and DVD discs, giving a smart and professional finish.
Print stunning photos directly from your camera - quickly, easily and without even using a computer. The PIXMA iP5000 supports PictBridge, the universal standard for direct photo printing from all compatible digital cameras and camcorders. So you can share great borderless prints moments after your photos are taken.
Transparent ink tanks for all five colors can be replaced individually, reducing your costs significantly. See at a glance when a single tank needs replacing, while an intelligent ink detection system ensures you minimize ink wastage.
The PIXMA iP5000 works with all popular Windows and Macintosh operating systems, with convenient USB connectivity. Easy to install and easy to operate, this whisper-quite printer delivers breakthrough photo quality printing.
This eye-catching, economical and space-saving unit combines a stylish exterior with truly stunning performance. Easy to place in the home, it's the one printer you can always present with pride.
|Product Description:||Canon PIXMA iP5000 - printer - colour - ink-jet|
|Printer Type:||Photo printer - ink-jet - colour|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||41.8 cm x 28.6 cm x 17 cm|
|Max Media Size (Standard):||Legal, A4|
|Max Media Size (Custom):||216 mm x 356 mm|
|Print Speed:||Up to 25 ppm - black draft
Up to 17 ppm - mixed text/colour graphics draft
Up to 0.86 ppm - photo - A4 (210 x 297 mm)
|Max Resolution ( B&W ):||600 dpi x 600 dpi|
|Max Resolution ( Colour ):||9600 dpi x 2400 dpi|
|RAM Installed ( Max ):||34 KB|
|Media Type:||Envelopes, transparencies, plain paper, photo paper, semi-gloss photo paper, photo stickers, glossy photo paper, Compact Disc, matt photo paper, two-sided photo paper, high resolution paper|
|Total Media Capacity:||300 sheets|
|Printer Features:||Borderless printing|
|System Requirements:||Apple MacOS 9.x, Apple MacOS X 10.2.1 or later, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP|