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This is one of two Canon Printers that I own and as you will notice I am a bit of a Canon fan. This was purchased purely for my photographic needs. Hence I was not worried by the absence of whistles and bells. This is a straightforward, no nonsense colour printer and a good one. It allows me to print A3+ photographs, within my own price range.
My choice is to stick with Canon for both ink and paper resulting in amazing results. I wanted at least a 4 colour ink system and was extremely happy to find that the ix6550 had in fact a 5 ink system. The 5 cartridges used are 2 x Black, Magenta, Cyan and Yellow. These produce excellent screen matching results. The Blacks come out as solid blacks, the fine detail is there. Not having used any other consumables available, I cannot comment on them. Do make sure you have calibrated the printer to ensure these results. This being the case I can say that the finished result is so close to what I can see on my screen (also calibrated) that I am constantly amazed. The maximum print resolution is 9,600 dpi. X 2400dpi.
The printer is sturdily built as far as fit for purpose is concerned. Canon has again stuck with the black glossy finish so expect fingerprints galore but at least the sides are in a matte black finish, which stay cleaner.
The Canon ix6550 is smaller than its predecessor but still has quite a large footprint because you need to access both sides of the printer but this is to be expected when you are using a medium format printer. However you do not have to have the trays fully out all the time.
The supporting software was straight forward to install and proved my fears about it interfering with my other Canon Pixma printer unfounded. Unfortunately there is not a USB cable provided with it so it's necessary to utilise one of your own
There is only one USB port for connecting to your computer so do not expect Pictbridge for direct printing from your digital camera. There are no memory card slots either. In fact controls on the printer are few. In fact you will only find a power button and a cancel button. Everything else is controlled by the uploaded software on your computer.
The Easy-Photoprint software included helps get the best from your prints, enabling you to edit your files before printing. This includes red eye removal, air brush and much more.
With printing speeds of 11ipm in mono and 8.8ipm in colour you are able to work speedily knowing you will not compromise the quality of your prints.
All in all this has suited me very well, its speedy output and photo lab quality results do me proud. As far as I am concerned, Canon have most certainly excelled again with the IX6550 A3+ printer.
Summing up: Glossy and Matte Prints are really fantastic
Black and White prints are just outstanding
I cannot wait to try another possibility; printing on canvas. Watch this space!
A3-Print / 9600x2400 dpi Printer / 11 Sides/Minute / 150 Pieces Paper / USB 2.0 / 1 Year Bring-In Guarantee