Product Type: Canon inkjet printers
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Canon PIXMA Pro9000: Good quality, multi-purpose home printer
Canon Pixma Pro9000
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Canon Pixma Pro9000
Advantages: Good quality photo printing, fast(ish) document printing, easy to set up
Disadvantages: Big, colour management needs setting up, can be slow/noisy when self-cleaning and feeding paper
We bought our Canon PIXMA Pro9000 a couple of years ago now, after much deliberating and compromise. It needed to be fast for printing documents, capable of printing good quality small (7x5" and 6x4") colour snaps, yet also able to print high quality black & white photographs in sizes up to A3. We settled on the Pro9000.
It looks sleek and uncomplicated...when the paper feed trays are closed! However, when they are open, it doubles the size of the space you need to house the printer. I guess you would expect this from an A3 printer, though. The trays themselves feel a little flimsy by comparison to the rest of the printer, which is very solid (and heavy). This is actually quite good when the printer is printing as it does not shudder too much, but it is not particularly portable.
Setting it up was easy. The printer drivers are still available to download from Canon's website, which is handy if, like me, the original CD has been mislaid and you need to set up a new computer! The user interface is not particularly intuitive, especially in relation to paper type and size selections, although a bit of trial and error sorted this (I suspect that reading the user guide could have helped here too, but then who does that).
The print quality is good for colour and black & white photos, and the colours on screen reproduce on the print quite well when printing from Windows' standard photo viewer. It took a little more effort with colour management software to get a good screen-to-print colour reproduction when printing from Adobe Photoshop as the printer images tended to be a little dark compared to the image on screen. Not a problem if you are just printing documents, but a little irritating if you have just spent a few hours processing photos. If you have experience in colour management, then I do not think this will be a problem for you to set it up - as a novice in such things, it did take us a few hours to sort this out.
Printing documents is fairly quick provided you drop the quality to 'fast' in the menu, and it has a neat way to print double-sided if you like to conserve paper.
A few negatives: the paper feed seems to churn round and round on occasion, which is annoying and noisy, and like noted in other reviews, it does spend a lot of time cleaning itself, which makes it slow to get going sometimes. It is quite expensive to run as the inks are used up quickly, but saying that I do not really have any experience of the cost of other printers. Some of the colours seem to run out quicker than others, which I imagine is a function of the types of images we tend to print (landscapes and black & whites), but I have never had a problem finding any of the 8 ink colours. A tip: when the software tells you to replace an ink well, remove it and shake it up a little (making sure to cover the tip) then put back, and you can get a few more prints out of it before you need to replace it.
Overall, we are pretty happy with this printer and have no intention of replacing it until the end of its useful life.
Summary: Would recommend as is a good quality multi-purpose home printer that is easy to use
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