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In these days of digital photography, it is very important to have a good quality printer if you like printing your photographs from home.
So when my daughter was born, we decided to invest in a proper printer and purchased the Canon Pixma iX5000 colour printer (and with taking about 100 photographs of her every single day, it was a much needed purchase!).
The printer itself is fairly large (601 x 317.6 x 193.2mm) and weighs just over 9kgs, so it is a fairly significant piece.
It is slightly noisy, although moderately so when you compare that with the quality produced, you tend to forgive that.
The printer is black and grey and rather smart looking, which neatly and easily closes. It opens at the top to create a sheet feeder to put the paper in, where you can adjust the size of the sheet (up to A3+) and it will hold 150 pages at one time. It also opens at the bottom for the paper to come out, which can be pulled out further for larger sheets.
The printer is very easy to use as there are only two buttons at the front:
- On / Off button (green light)
- Error button (orange light), which flashes when the printer is out of paper / ink or if there is a stuck sheet in it. When you have cleared the fault, simply press the button to resume your printing.
You can also open the top of the printer to reveal the cartridges compartment. It takes a few seconds for the cartridges to appear as you open it and there is a red light over each of them, which will be flashing if the cartridge needs replacing (the ink level will also be indicated on your computer).
You can print photographs from your computer via USB port or directly from your camera.
* SPEED *
It is not a very fast printer, but it is not slow either. In terms of printing standard black and white documents, it is fairly fast as you would expect. The colour printing takes a little longer. I like the fact that depending on what you are printing, the printer sometimes pauses for a couple of seconds in order to let the previous sheet dry.
For photographs, the printing obviously takes longer and depending on the quality you want, the better quality, the longer it will take (you can select the quality you require from your computer or camera).
Printing a standard photograph (borderless 10 x 15 cm) of standard lab quality takes approximately 51 seconds and an A3 photograph would take 166 seconds.
* CARTRIDGES *
The cartridges are individual, which is great as they can be changed separately as and when you need.
There are 4 colours needed for the printer:
- Black (PGI-5BK), which is a larger one than the others
- Blue equivalent, called Cyan (CLI-8C)
- Red equivalent, called Magenta (CLI-8M)
- Yellow (CLI-8Y)
I originally used to buy Canon cartridges, which are very expensive on the High Street (around £24 for Black and £13 each for the other colours), and then I found that ordering them on Amazon would save me half the money, which made me quite happy although I felt that I was letting local shops down... But then I found out that you can get compatible cartridges (on Amazon) for a fraction of the price because they are not Canon, but have a chip added to them so that they can fit in the printer. The quality is very good and I have not noticed any difference. That made me very happy and I can now print away without worrying about the cost!
* PAPER SIZE *
The sheet feeder can print the following paper sizes: A3+, A3, B4, A4, B5, A5, Letter, Legal and custom sizes down to Credit Card size (54 x 86 mm)
* PAPER TYPE *
You can use the following papers with the printer:
- Plain Paper
- Photo Paper Pro
- Photo Paper Plus Glossy
- Photo Paper Plus Double Sided
- Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss
- Glossy Photo Paper
- Glossy Photo Paper "Everyday Use"
- Matte Photo Paper
- High Resolution Paper
- T-shirt Transfer
- Photo Stickers
- Super White Paper
The Canon iX5000 will work with most computers, the minimum system requirements are:
* FOR WINDOWS *
PC with Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me or Windows 98, USB interface, CD-ROM Drive. It also needs 300 MB free hard disk space for Windows XP/2000 and Windows Me/98.
* FOR MAC *
Macintosh computer with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or a later version, USB interface. It needs 350 MB of free hard disk space for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later versions.
This is the software included with the printer:
* FOR WINDOWS *
Easy-WebPrint, Easy-PhotoPrint, PhotoRecord and Easy-PrintToolBox.
* FOR MAC *
The Canon PIXMA iX5000 printer can be found new from £234 but the general price bracket is £300 to £415.
Overall, this is a great printer, printing very good quality documents and photographs and we are very pleased with it, I would definitely recommend it.
Thank you for reading and rating my review!
The Canon IX5000 provides wide format (up to A3) colour, photographic printing and is backed up by a wide range of papers, inks, support and consumables from Canon and a variety of 3rd party consumables manufacturers
Having used this printer for around 1.5 years, with various papers, inks, transfers, etc - I am very happy with it. It has performed very reliably, with no clogs, despite a fair bis of use (and abuse)! USB connectivity and excellent Canon drivers, with two-way monitoring. ICC profile support. This is a large printer and I'd suggest not sticking it on your desk, unless you have a large desk! Use a shelf!
Non-Canon supplies do not provide the consistent quality that the original Canon ones do. However, they are significantly cheaper and can provide good draft printing.
A very good option if you print a lot at home, even for display prints (or draft prints before sending for final bureau prints)
I really like this printer. Firstly it is made by a good brand who know what they are doing.
This printer prints up to A3 photo quality size and prints onto all types of paper. The speed of the printer is very good, even at high quality it prints at good speeds.
The quality is fantastic, i have only ever had one problem with it when the paper got a little stuck but this was partly my fault as i had not loaded the paper correctly. Apart from that nothing has gone wrong with it.
There is only one paper tray though, so if you have A4 paper loaded and you want to print onto A3, you have to swap the paper around.
There is a USB port on the front so you can print images straight from a USB drive, the only problem is there is no screen so its not easy to know what you are printing, i recommend just connecting it to a computer.
The price is a little steep but this is slowly falling.
It is a good A3 printer producing good quality images.
General Introduction to the IX5000
I have come accross this printer through work and have been very impressed with the results that can be achieved. I had initially expected the quality to be poor in an area of technology where previously I had only really used a limited number of smaller printers that print directly from a digital camera (PictBridge) which were disappointing. Naturally, I had expected results on a A3 sized print to be at least equally as poor! The majority of printers are perfectly usable because most people only have need for A4 prints but above this size the range for printers becomes much more limited and since this is "A3+" size, meaning it is capable of borderless A3 prints at a good quality, is useful especially for businesses. Furthermore, although a very professional product in many respects, it is also a very user friendly product with large operational buttons, an easy to follow set up procedure and an easy to use operation in general terms. It has only 2 buttons on the front, one for power and one for paper feed, but the comprehensive software that accompanies the printer makes printing far easier than on fiddly printers with minute displays to view prints prior to prining.
Quality of Print
Quality is definately an advantage of this printer, it is from a reliable manufacturer, who are established in the printer trade and it doesn't half show in terms of the technology that is incorporated in this printer and in the end results that can be achieved without anything special in terms of print material. The Canon "FINE" technology allows this product to deliver up to a 4800 x 1200 droplets per inch print resolution and on high quality paper gives stunning results, even on borderless printing straight from a digital camera.
Speed of Print
Speed is another area where this printer is of a very good standard, even by modern standards of high quality print speed. In standard mode for A4 paper it prints about 25 sheets per minute in black and 17 per minute in full colour. It prints in pretty much the full range of sizes but then again most printers do now! It is also impressive that the transfer speed from camera to printer is not slow at all and borderless prints are possible on a very good variety of sizes, all of the most commonly used up to A3.
Ink and Paper
As with all printers, the issue of ink is important and while Canon cannot argue that they have the cheapest of cartridges, they can offer a competitive product at a good value for money price. In my opinion they offer a good deal considering the lenght of time that a carteridge typically lasts and also considering the quality of the product produced by such a brand. Canon boast two key aspects to their ink, the "single ink" system which it claims puts emphasis upon economy and makes printing more efficient and also the "ChromaLife100 system of print head" which is designed with the production of long lasting gloss images in mind. Other features worthy of noting are the auto-feeder which holds up to 150 sheets of standard quality A4 paper, a USB2.0 Hi-Speed interface for rapid data transfer and it's both Windows and Mac OS X compatible. The only downside perhaps is the lack of a small digital display to preview images, particularly when printing using PictBridge from a digital camera without a computer.
Costs and an Overview
To conclude, I believe that Canon's claim that this is an "advanced A3+ printer for high-speed, high-quality document, photo & graphic output" is a wholly true reflection of the product itself and although pricey (now £329.00 from Canon direct but about £225 on eBay) is definately worth the money for a high standard of photo lab quality prints with, in my experience, good natural colours in photos and clear text for more everyday print purposes. Interestingly, the costs for standard A4 prints are 2.2p for black/white and 5.9p for colour which compares very favourably to printers in a similar price bracket, most of which do not have the larger sized option of the IX5000.
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