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I was lucky enough to receive this printer as a Christmas gift this year after constantly having to use my fathers printer and naturally all his ink. In his attempts to stop me commandeering his computer and printer he bought me the Canon Pixma IP6210D.
The printer is quite boxy looking despite a few curves in the design, its grey and black colouring will fit alongside most computer equipment and with my pc, keyboard and mouse. As well as the printer inside the box was also a chunky manual with all the info you would need(in several languages) an easy to follow Software and User Guide disc for your pc, a pack of 6x4 sized photo paper, a colour ink cartridge, a black ink cartridge and the power cable. What I was not supplied with was a USB cable to link the printer to my pc which I was very unimpressed with, while I could still print from memory cards I was unable to print from desktop software and in fact could not completely install the machine until I had found a suitable wire, I do wonder if this was a deliberate mistake though as Ive checked the company website and they are selling the cables separately, what a cunning way to make a little extra money!
The printer itself is really easy to use, when you follow the instructions given by the disc or the manual setting the printer up for its first use was simple and just required selecting some mode options via the menu, arrow and ok buttons on the top of the printer. This was handy as it is my first printer and needed to be simple to set up!
You can select images from a software program you have been using but you have the added options of printing direct from your memory card or by plugging a USB cable into the front of the printer and printing camera phone shots. To print from your memory card all you need to do is insert it into the relevant section in the left hand side compartment. The discs the printer will accept are CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD Card, Multimedia Card, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick DUO, Memory Stick DUO Pro, miniSD Card. This is a great feature as you do not have to worry about uploading/downloading pictures onto a desktop program before printing them, you can simply insert your memory card and off you go. You dont even need a pc with this printer as long as youre printing direct from memory cards or mobile phone files.
The printer has a maximum print size of A4 and the sheet feeder, which can either be completely folded away or extended to support the paper, accepts up to 100 sheets of standard printer paper. The printer has an extendable paper tray to catch your print outs, I have however found it is not quite long enough and my paper often shoots off the end and onto the floor. I love how compact the printer can be with all the parts such as the paper support being able to fold away tidily. I have sometimes found that the alignment of the sheets of paper is not quite right and have to readjust the guide bar to ensure the paper is fed through correctly.
The Pixma IP6210D has a DPI(dots per inch) rate of 4800x1200 creating lovely photo quality images. I have used the printer for text as well as photographic and clip art pictures and have always been happy with the results. The colour is always bright and the images crisp and clear, I use the printer a lot for taking off images of my children for family members and have always had great results, printers Ive used in the past have made the pictures seem dull or grainy but the IP6210D has given me perfect images every time.
The ink cartridges have lasted me well so far, although Im not an excessive printer I use it quite regularly yet have not had to change the ink yet. The cartridges are inserted by pulling down the front flap of the printer, there is a C and P embossed on the lower flap, this indicates which cartridge is lined up where, they simply click into the correct section of the runner and youre ready to print. When the printer is switched off the runner is contained at the other end of the printer so you need to switch the printer on to be able to change ink cartridges. This I find a bit unnerving as I dislike putting my hands in any kind of electrical equipment if its turned on!
The company claim that this printer can print a full A4 colour photo in 54 seconds (approx) now while I havent sat and timed the printer I would say that was quite an accurate claim, it certainly seems to print out my work quickly enough. The printer has a ChromaLife100 print head, which I am assured helps to create longer lasting photos, Im not very technical though so am not sure how it achieves this.
While my printer was a gift I have found out for the sake of my readers that it is RRP £79 with accessories costing in the region of £4.99 USB cable, £20 colour cartridge, £12 black and white cartridge, £9 for 20 6x4 sheets of photo paper. I should imagine it is available in computer and electronics stores, it is also available online from Canons own website and other similar suppliers. While the printer itself seems quite a reasonable price to me the cartridges are quite expensive and it is worth hunting around for cheaper options. Amazon currently(04/06/07) has the printer at £39.99!
Over all I am very happy with my printer, it gives me great quality pictures while being simple to operate. The ability to print from your own memory cards and mobile phone is great, it saves time if you simply want to print all your images without fussing around with them and also means you dont need to go out and buy expensive software to enable you to print your photos, imagine being able to take photos while you travel go straight back to your accommodation and print your images straight out, its easy with this printer (as long as you have a power source)because it needs no pc! It tucks away nicely amongst the cramped quarters of my computer desk and has no risk of catching the paper tray or support and risking damage to it. Ive had no real complications with the printer other than the missing cable and while 6 months may not seem like a long time the printer has certainly seen enough use to prove its worth, it is a very reliable little machine.