Summary: My PIXMA PRO 9500 MKII and my PIXMA PRO 9000 were damaged from a recent move and I was forced to buy new. After research I discovered the PIXMA PRO-1. The 9500 and the 9000 printers were the best Canon had to offer on INKJET printers that would print to 13x19 back in 2009 when I purchased them. I have just printed over 200 pictures and the color management from the PRO-1 is spot on every time.
Summary: There isn't much to say to about this printer that hasn't already been said. But let me reiterate what most other people have said. This printer produces utterly magnificent pieces of art. Twenty years ago a printer of this quality would be unattainable outside of a few studios. Be prepared when you order this printer. You need to have space mapped out for it. Chances are, it will not fit on your desk, and will probably need a desk of it's own.
Summary: This is a printer meant for professionals and commercial printing (that may last for years), so the initial cost as well as running cost isn't meant to be judged by consumer standards. In fact it isn't unreasonable, given the superior exhibition-quality that rivals the best photo quality printers such as Epson R3000, with features to match. The printer is very large and quite heavy, but probably not unexpected for a 13x19 printer.
Large Printer that Provides Professional Quality Prints
Lonnie E. Holder "The Review's the Thing", Amazon
27 June 2013
Summary: I have owned many printers since the first I purchased more than a decade and a half ago. I think my favorite printers have been the Epson printers with Durabrite ink, which make lovely photographs, though the photographs can eat a lot of ink. I wondered how this printer would compare with the Epson printers I have owned. On the plus side, the quality of printed photographs is totally amazing. Indeed, this printer has far more capability than I will likely ever use.
Summary: The Canon Pixma Pro-1 is an impressive piece of gear in many respects - it gives you beautiful photo-quality prints, it's physically massive, and it will set you back a fair chunk of change for both the printer and ink replacements. The Pixma Pro-1 is a true professional-quality printer, and not meant for everyday printing needs. When printing on photo paper (glossy or matte finish) the prints come out with sharp colors, deep blacks, and clear gradients.
Summary: Without question, this printer produces some beautiful photo reproductions. The installation is not overly difficult, but I was disappointed that if you wish to connect to a router for wireless delivery to your printer, the cord is NOT included with the printer. Given the price of the printer, this seems a bit strange to me.
Amazing quality, but make sure you have enough space for this thing!
Joshua Davies, Amazon
24 June 2013
Summary: First of all, this thing is a behemoth. When I unpacked it, I realized I didn't have enough desk space for it even if I took the old printer, the computer and the monitor off the desk. Right now, it's sitting on the floor (which the instructions say is a Bad Thing) until I get around to buying a new stand to set it on. Unpacking and setting it up in the first place took a while, but most of the time is spent waiting for the printer.
Summary: The word is huge. My first impression when I saw the box was, "That is a BIG box." I had hoped it was mostly packaging. It wasn't. It is a large, heavy, solid printer that is organized well in its packaging. I have never bought any other product where the instructions are so well-organized, clear and have results that are exactly as described when I loaded the software into my laptop, which runs Window 8.
Summary: The Canon PIXMA PRO-1 printer produces AMAZING quality photo prints. At least as good, sometimes better, than any of the places I've taken flash drives to get digital pictures printed. But that excellent quality comes at some costs. Let me step through: The first warning is that the Fed-Ex box has a "HEAVY" sticker on it - Yup, the PRO-1 weighs about 70 pounds, and it's awkward size makes it difficult for one person to manage.