Canon PIXMA iX6550 upto A3+ Colour Photo Printer 9600¹ x 2400 dpi
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Ultra compact and stylish A3+ printer
The PIXMA iX6550 is an incredibly compact A3+ printer which is ideal for printing photos and documents up to A3+ format. This impressive printer delivers exceptional quality at incredible speed and its ultra compact size and piano-black finish make it an ideal addition to any home or office.
- Ultra compact design
- Fast print speeds
- Downloadable Solution Templates for creating professional marketing materials
- Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX for faster, easier retouching and printing
- Easy-Web Print EX for more efficient printing from the internet
- Single Ink System
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Incredible quality and detail in seconds
Thanks to the 1 picolitre ink droplets from Canon's class-leading FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print engine which delivers an astonishing resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi, the PIXMA iX6650 produces vivid, detailed photos and the crispest text. It can print a 10 x 15cm (4 x 6") borderless photograph in 36 seconds, and an A3+ borderless photograph in 120 seconds, giving you superior photo-lab quality output at incredible speed.
The PIXMA iX6550’s document print speeds are also impressive - 11.3 IPM* in black and white or 8.8 IPM* in colour.
Efficient 5 Single Ink System
Canon's High Performance 5 Single Ink System includes two blacks - one for printing crisp laser sharp text, the other to give strong saturated blacks in photos - delivering exceptional quality. The Single Ink System also means that when one colour runs out you only replace that ink tank instead of replacing an entire multi-coloured cartridge and wasting the other unused ink.
Stylish, compact and tidy
The sleek and stylish PIXMA iX6550 is incredibly compact for an A3+ printer. It is only 12cm wider than the equivalent A4 model, so it requires noticeably less desk space than you would expect of an A3+ model. Additionally, both the power cable and USB port are recessed inside the printer so you can push the machine right back against the wall, saving space and keeping everything neat and tidy.
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Capture your favourite home movie moments with Full HD Movie Print
Get the best of both worlds, producing high quality individual photos from your favourite HD home movie moments. Printing a photo using Full HD Movie Print couldn’t be easier. Simply select a frame from your movie** using the intuitive Easy-PhotoPrint software and print. As you do this, frame enhancement technology will automatically analyse the frames either side, combining the best from each to ensure that lighting and resolution are as good as they can be in your final photo.
Create your own marketing materials
Solution Templates are unique downloadable templates that enable you to easily create professional marketing materials, from posters and flyers to menus and leaflets.
Have fun with CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM
Customers who purchase genuine Canon inks for their PIXMA iX6550 receive access to an exclusive area of the CREATIVE PARK website – CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM. Here you can access premium artistic content such as professional photography and illustrations which would normally be rights protected. This content can be used to create calendars, cards, booklets etc.
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Printing made easy with FREE in-box software
Exclusive to Canon, Easy-PhotoPrint EX is the fast and easy way to re-touch your digital photos and print them in a range of sizes and layouts. It features an intuitive on-screen display for quick and easy image and paper selection, print-quality and layout.
The Correct and Enhance button adds advanced photo correction and enhancement, using the same simple interface. The lab quality re-touching features available include red eye correction, smooth facial lines and skin tone, face brightener, face sharpener and blemish remover.
Save paper with Easy-Web Print EX software
This FREE in-box Easy-Web Print EX software offers a range of options to help you organise the information you want to print from the internet and avoid wasting paper by printing the details you don't need. These include:
- Auto Clipping - print only the area of a web page you want
- Clip from Multiple pages - collect, combine and edit content from multiple web pages before printing
You can also print with an enlarged text size or reduce the size of the whole web page to fit it onto a single piece of paper for printing.
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Advanced operations at the click of a button with Solutions Menu EX
Solutions Menu EX provides easy access to the advanced features of your printer. The functions in each category are presented in easy to recognize pictorial icons and you can tailor your Desktop in order to quickly access the functions you want, when you want.
Beautiful, long-lasting photos
You can keep your precious photos bright and vibrant with the Canon ChromaLife100+ system. This unique combination of enhanced FINE print head technology and genuine Canon Chromalife 100+ inks with selected Canon photo papers lets you create beautiful photos that will last up to 300 years when stored in an archival-quality photo album.
To achieve the 9600 x 2400 dpi colour resolution, Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) uses a patented print head with high precision nozzles, ejecting ink droplets as small as 1 picolitre in size (the smaller the ink drop the better quality the image).
*Printing speeds explained: Canon measures its printing speeds in IPM (Images Per Minute). IPM is a new ISO speed testing standard, approved by the International Standards Organisation in March 2009. PPM (Page Per Minute), used by some manufacturers, is not a standard for inkjet printers. Every printer manufacturer has their own ‘test pages’ that are used to test speed and give vastly different results. The new ISO standard sets standardised ‘test pages’ that are to be used by any manufacturer measuring their speed in IPM, allowing comparable results across inkjet brands.
**Full HD Movie Print - Only compatible with Canon Digital Still Compact and Digital SLR cameras.
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Top Customer Reviews
It duly arrived (earlier than advised)taken out of the packaging, wired up...and found to be faulty. However I returned it on a Tuesday to Amazon and a replacement arrived on the Friday, so great service from Amazon!
Anyway I wanted a photo printer that would simply, well, print. I didn't need a scanner, fax, copier or wi-fi connectivity. And this fits the bill; it prints..and even A3 prints come out faster than I would have anticipated.
I took the precaution of buying some dedicated Canon glossy paper as it always seems to work better than cheaper generic brands and the results I've had so far are really first class!
Frankly most of my photos are printed in A4 format but if you do want/need A3 prints either regularly or more infrequently, this is a good cost-effective printer and you can't really go far wrong with Canon products.
Some time ago my company bought an A3 printer for our office at a price of over £500 and although not an expert, I see no discernible difference in the quality of prints this more expensive printer produces, compared with the iX6550.
However, as with most of these lower-medium cost Canon inkjets, you pay through the nose for the Canon genuine ink cartridges with a full set in most stores costing around £50. Shop around and you can bring the price down to under £40.
Using the genuine Canon cartridges supplied with the printer, I printed off five A3 photos at standard picture quality and half a dozen A3 images on plain paper (copies of 1911 census returns). The prints appeared dark and contrasty compared to my photos viewed on screen, but colour balance was pretty good and it was easy to adjust the results to near perfection using Adobe Lightroom to create a preset which I can use prior to printing. HOWEVER....already some of the ink levels had dropped to near half, and I could tell at this early stage the way this was heading...... potentially burning a hole in my pocket and hence only four stars for this product review.
Looking to the longer term, I have purchased a CISS (continuous ink supply system) for this printer and having used them regularly for a fortnight the combination is a five-star knockout. Whilst not directly relevant to the performance of the iX6550, I'd say it's an option to consider if you're planning on doing more than a handful of large prints per month, although it probably invalidates the Canon guarantee. Others of a fiscally-frugal but less adventurous nature may choose to use compatible cartridges, a lot cheaper than the Canon originals, although these too may invalidate the guarantee and may require some adjustment to colour balance etc.
Summary - a great printer for the money, but rather expensive running costs on genuine Canon ink.
I have only had it a few days - it replaces an 8-year old Epson Photo 1290.
My old Epson is legendary for picture quality but notorious for blocked nozzles and constant need to clean. I couldn't stand it anymore.
I can't comment on reliability yet but I am very optimistic about this Canon.
What I *can* say is that the quality is superb, borderless printing works beautifully, the "super fine" nature of the printing is certainly as advertised (I certainly can't see any ink dots) and it is VERY fast, even printing A3 in high quality mode.
The colour reproduction is very faithful (more so than Epson). If there is one difference between this and my old Epson I would say that the blacks are not *quite* as solid as Epson black... but for the speed and ease of use of this Canon I would never go back, and I will probably get one for the office to do posters and borderless brochure prints.
Calibrate your screen if you don't have a top flight PC display (it helps to get the colour balance right).
The IX6550 is made to a budget (£148 in my case), a bit flimsy on the case build side but unless you intend to drop it on the floor it does the job.
No wifi no pic bridge? well I was after a A3 printer for my images all the other bits are just extra expense which I don't use on my A4 printer so not needed.
Running cost? I have heard so much about ink quality it makes my head swim. I have been using off the web tanks for 3 years with no problems at all either with the colour rendition or the print head, currently I pay £28 for 10 tanks which is 2 sets so its not that dear to run Paper? generic Ilford manufactured gloss A3 100 280grm sheets £30.
As with all printers if all you do is plug and play the IX6550 will only turn out what it gets in & what Canon deem as normal, which with all canon printers is slightly calm on the colours but a little tweak (and I mean a little)on the image lightening will punch the prints into vivid Fuji chrome levels if that's what you want.
Overall the IX6550 is a good budget home A3 printer I have produced A3 exhibition Photos & never had a comment about the print quality its all about getting the settings right and not just expecting the printer to do it all.
one last thing if you are on a budget consider a CISS kit (continuous Ink Supply System) 100ml per colour fed from external tanks via a ribbon line £30-£60 as opposed to using internal 10ml tanks this reduces your ink costs to around 5p-10p per A3 print
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I HATE this printer. It just cleans endlessly. I don't use it very often and every time I do it cleans for 5 minutes first and then there is no ink because it has wasted it all. Read morePublished 2 months ago by yebaws
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