on 23 August 2012
I'm Now able to give this printer an independant review:
At first, due to using an old USB printer cable, that was handed from printer too printer, it wouldnt install, because the cable was too thin, A new printer cable, capabale of handling the increased data, made the final process of installation a walk in the park. This printer, with the right USB cable, will allow full connection, if like me you don't have Wi-Fi broadband.
The main plus point for me, is the front load tray, as I don't have the headroom on shelves in my little computer room to try and struggle getting photo papers into a top loading tray. So its quite compact, attractive finish, the draw trays, are a little less flimsy than some counterparts I have seen, all folds nicely away, with one hand, keeping the dust out.
Although not tried an SD transfer yet, Copying & scanning Documents, produced Nice sharp Copys, hardly noticable from the original. A DVD cover of 7 Inches By 5inches, on Mirror A4 Glossy photo paper 190gsm ( Mirror products are sold on Amazon) printed on Hi-quality setting at resolution of 200DPI, produced a smudge free print within 1 minuete. I compared the results with the same cover, printed at same resolution on my old HP printer, and saw about 20% improvement on Clarity, especially on Ilustration Logos and lines. The picture on the whole looked natural, not over soft or to sharp.
The Inks used on cannon seem better at resisting smudges, I still had black smudges on my hands using HP inks, even after days after it was printed. The pop up LED screen is useful ,for status of printing and errors, such as no paper, Its main use I suspect, is to preview images from a camera, SD card etc.
There are plenty of options on the main print paper setup window, before you start printing, if you have photoshop, or Photoshop elements, which I bought on Amazon, you can be quite creative, combining photo editing, along with the the printers other useful tools.
As an all in one Printer, I found the general quality of all printing, to be very satisfactory, Its not that noisy either. only Minor gripe, is that it takes a good 60-70 seconds to prepare your print, leading, sometimes,to pressing copy twice or thinking its stalled. Once you learn to wait a bit, it churns out black and white quite fast, Full A4 borderless printing I havent done yet, due to still having the basic cartridges that came with the printer. Customer Support, which I had to use, was spot on. The tech advisor spent a long time, helping me with the connection problem, and Cannon earns an extra Star for that. As many of the other features, including setting up Wi-Fi haven't yet been tested,I have given 4/5 on results so far acheived.
Would I recommend it? certainly on its user friendly interface, durabilty, build, and overall quality of prints:)