Summary: I have absolutely loved this printer. It carried me through 3 years of school without constantly running to the computer lab to print drafts of papers. It handles a very high volume well. I have also found that by ordering off-brand ink tanks I can save a lot of money. Frankly, if you buy the Canon, HP or whatever manufacturer's ink, you're really being bilked out of a lot of money. I'm selling my printer because, like many of you have found out, it is not XP compatible.
Summary: I own two of these machines and I have to admit I am a fan of Canon products. I also own their digital camera and copy machine. For the money it is hard to complain about this printer. It delivers nice crisp text at a very acceptable speed and can do some really nice things with digital images using their photo cartridge. If you buy cartridges for this machine at your neighborhood office supply, you could complain that it can be expensive to run.
Summary: I have the Canon 5000 and the 5100. Both are essentially the same printers, except for its parallel port protocol. If you have Win95 or Win98, then this is a decent printer. This series of printers' use a proprietary printing language, so getting third party support or moving this printer to another platform/OS is out. It does print on multiple paper formats, and is very good at printing photo grade images, but is very lousy at letter sized envelops.
Summary: I have owned my BJC5100 for just under 2 years. Maybe not even. Now that I have a new PC, I find that it is not supported by the Windows XP drivers. Canon, doesn't support it on these drivers either. I have tried a few tricks to get it to be recognized, and to print, but have only succeeded in becoming frustrated. Especially when it sits there like a...paperweight. I love my little BJC5100. Unfortunately this love affair has to end.
Summary: this printer was obsolete the day i bought it about 2 years ago. when you turn it on or submit a print job it beeps, clicks and whirs for abour two minutes before it ieven begins to print. it is very tempermental and if you push any buttons before it is finished clicking and whirring (there are long silent gaps so be sure it's finished)it locks up your whole computer. this is with windows 98. i was told by a canon technician that it was not designed for w 98 or higher.
Summary: I purchased my BJC 5100 about 2 years ago when I was looking for a large format printer (11x17) at a reasonable price. While the 5100 did meet those criteria, I have since had second thoughts about my purchase. What I like about the printer: Good color and B&W print quality at a reasonable speed; minimal space required for a large format printer; attractive initial price.
Summary: I've had my BJC-5100 for about two years now. Ive had no real problems with it.As a matter of fact,except for replacing the stylus cartridg once, all I do is put ink cartridges in it and it keeps printing. I print 11x17 T-shirt transfers and they take about 20 minutes @ 720 dpi. If you dont mind a B&W image this printer will spit out a 8 1/2x11 sheet in about 3-5 seconds. For home and for the money this is a pretty quick printer.
Summary: This printer has given me constant problems. For one, it kept telling me that it was not connected when it was. When I print a test page it prints, but when I print from a Word Document or Photoshop it doesn't. It also tells me that it is out of ink when I just replaced it recently. The orange light is also constantly blinking telling me that there is a problem. This printer is a pain... Their customer service is something you have to pay for. don't buy it!
Summary: I've had my printer for almost 18 months, and I've had very little problems with it. I did recently have to replace the printhead when it kept telling to replace the ink cartridge or that there wasn't one in it. $... It's printed very reliably for me. The photos I've printed were wonderful, and that was without the extra photo cartridge which allows it to use 7 colors.
Summary: I recently bought this model from my mom who had used it maybe twice. My intention was to use it for papers and occasionally photos, not really caring about the quality, more of durability. However I bought it from her in August and now it is November and kaput! It keeps telling me I need ink, so I go and buy the ...cartridges and it still says i need ink. Done all troubleshooting and maintence possible, called canon, and they want 10 dollars to even talk to me.