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I'm perplexed by this printer.. first of all it's HUGE. It takes up an entire folding table in our study and is very heavy. At least twice the size other any other printer i have ever owned. The ink is expensive and complicated, but that's fine, mostly professionals will buy this so it's expected. It can print huge 13' x 19' photos, and they look amazing... but, there is no touch screen so you can't print from the printer itself. There is a USB port, but no SD drive port? Which doesn't really make sense, as either is useless without a screen. The paper feeder is also confusing and double layered, and there's no internal paper tray. It's all back loaded as you print. Essentially this is a professionals device and you need dedicated space and money to run it. The wireless networking works well though and was seamless.
Had this for a little over a year now. It's fantastic, I really love it. Ink is expensive of course, but hey, I'd rather buy ink than shoes, at least I can make it last. Colour quality is beautiful and it's super quiet when printing, but when it's warming up it tends to be a little obnoxious when I'm up at 3am trying to finish my assignments and not wake my partner up. It's a little heavy, don't forget to bend your knees when you pick this sucker up.
Oh and it really does turn heads when people come to visit, she's pretty ;)
this is my 3rd one this time. I've been using this printer for many years for my business and is the best one so far. It's been working hard for me ! my great partner. This time it lasted for 4 years. I love that it prints large size papers.
The printer starts to become harder and harder to turn on. It shuts off it gives you the alternating white and orange flashing accompanied with a popup box says you must take it in for repairs. Repairs cost more than the printer is worth and it's hard to transport it to get repairs due to its weight. It can be revived (turned on) by repeated pushing the start button (google this). At first this works but it gets progressively harder and harder to start it until nothing works and its forever dead. However, one good thing when it was working-I never had a print head clog even using all aftermarket ink tanks. This is my second Pro100. Canon sent me a replacement after the first died in 10 months. The second one died after 14 months, they then refused to send me a replacement.
First of all I want to dispel some myths and answer some questions about the printer. It has two (2) paper feed sections, one that is sort of on top, you can put about ¼ of a ream of paper in there and one that folds open from the back of the printer that is single sheet feeding for products that are thicker and don’t bend well. Next it works fine with Windows 10 and the software runs just fine. It takes it a while to warm up, that is typical of all top end printers, don’t shut it off ever and you will be in good shape and it will save you some ink. Also for those that are unsuspecting this printer is massive, you should expect that with so many ink tanks and 13” wide feeding, but it is huge if you have never seen it in person. Ok, now down to the nitty gritty. Setup time from box opened to my first print was about 45 min including installing software and so forth. The profiles for canon papers are not that bad depending on the paper, I tried Luster and Platinum Pro from there line. Luster was not that great, Platinum Pro was better. I also tried some Red River papers last night, I like them better than canon paper and there profiles are better. It feeds my 250gsm Aurora Art paper from the back feed with no problems. Print quality its self was better than my local Walgreens print center so long as you set it to fine, about on par if you set it to normal. Colors where great, purples and blues popped nicely when I was printing some MLP stuff for my daughter, reds and organ look nice too. Black and white is much better than a standard inkjet, but yes the Pro-10 and Pro-1 make better black and white prints (had a friend make me a couple from his studio to compare). Print time was not bad for a high end, on fine setting I hit print and go make a cup of tea, by the time I’m back the page is done. Considering I have some friends with printers that take 5 min a page, I’m pleased with the speed. The good and bad of what is in the box. Well the power cord is a good length and the documentation is not bad. The USB cord they give you is a joke, it is short, very short, only slightly longer than the printer is wide. I have not tried the tray for printing on a CD. The packaging was good and secure. Ok let’s talk value. When I ordered I was arguing between a good price point and the all-out performance of a Pro-1. I don’t print that much, some photos for my cube at my day job, some of my semi-pro photos that I sell on line and a little here and there for family. As such I did not feel that I could justify the price of a Pro-1 and figured I would try the Pro-100 and see if it met my needs. My needs are more than met. For the price point the Pro-100 cannot be beat. I am more than pleased with the purchase and with the rebate it is even better. Word on the rebate. You need to send a full copy of the receipt (showing order number and that you paid), yes Amazon is an authorized retailer, it is a good idea to pre-register the rebate and send the whole set of bar code and SN on the outside of the box and it runs fairly smooth. DO NOT send the upc on the inner flap, DO NOT peel the label off the cardboard, send the cut out cardboard.
The Pixma Pro-100 is a good printer. It's large and weighty, but it prints up to 19" x 13". You should expect a printer with this capability to be large. You may ask, "do I want to print 19x13?" At this price, why not?! The price is good. Further, having the option to print that large is nice, better than having to run off to a copy center when you do want it.
The 8 ink cartridges are great to have. I print black and white and having the extra gray is a nice feature. The Pixma Pro 100 is designed for those with the need or desire to print not only in color, but in true black and white.
I'm running this on both Sierra OS and Windows 10 and have no issues. My set up time, from box to fully operating, was 40 minutes. That's not unreasonable as you are unpacking, removing security tape, checking for damage, reading the manual and activating. The software installed without issue. I always suggest looking for firmware and software updates. This is because software updates may be released after the device is packaged.
I'm using Canon Luster Pro and Canon Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13"x19". Both have done well. There are two paper feeds, one on top, and one in the back. The 13x19s I printed took a few minutes, but I was busy preparing the next job, it's no issue.
The power cord is a great length, but the USB cable is rather short. I think that's because Canon assumes you'll go wireless. I prefer cabling as it ensures no disruptions in the printing. I have a 6' cable I use.
Quality of prints, I'm extremely pleased! Take a look at the photos I included. The black and white photos are from digital images. I found the consistency of ink flow and distribution of colors was good.
This is a great printer with flexibility and I recommend it.