The used printer has internal connection problem, a rarity.
10 September 2014
Summary: Used printer was cheap and, as expected,needed a new print head. Refurbished from China is fairly cheap. The printer works but there is an internal connection problem that keeps the cyan cartridge from working. At the same time, I bought a used i960 for the same price and that works quite well. I will continue playing around with the printer to see if I can figure out if there is anything I can do to fix the problem.
Summary: I am concerned that my Canon i950 printer will have to be trashed. I purchased the i950 in July 2003. I was amazed at the beautiful color photo prints, and I would have had nothing negative to say about this printer for 3-1/2 years. I take photos with a Canon G3 camera, always buy Canon photo paper, and always buy Canon ink cartridges. (I even use Canon's Zoombrowser EX, and the very simple to use - Canon Easy Photo Print software.
public service announcement about how to clean the print head
A. Richter, Amazon
19 May 2006
Summary: I had a Canon 820 before this, and I am very sad I gave it to my mom to buy this instead. The 820 was a much better printer, I would give it 5 stars by comparison. And Amazon won't let me lower my review on this from my initial 4 stars to the 3 or 2 I want to give it now. =/ The i950 ruins yellow ink, no doubt about it. Here's how to try cleaning the print head rather than shelling out $100 to Canon. * To clean the print head, get a bottle of rubbing/isopropyl alcohol.
Summary: I've used the printer for about 2 years and was very happy with the quality of photos it produced. But lo and behold, it just quit on me one day. Now I've just read several other reviewers who had the same issue. At this point, it is cheaper to buy a new printer. I did so and bought the Canon Pixma iP5000 and I absolutely don't like it. I guess my advice at this point is stay away from Canon. This from a die hard Canon camera fan.
Summary: I have found the i950 to be a very good printer. It is fast, quite and produces beautiful prints. I especially like the individual ink tanks which are clear (so you can see that they really are empty) and they do not contain a "killer" chip which would prevent you from refilling them if you wanted to. Certainly a step up from my previous Epson which constantly had clogged nozzles.
Summary: I did extensive research and examined photos printed from our 3.2 megapixel digital camera (Canon A70) on every competitor (esp. HP 7550 & Epson). The i950 was far and away the best photo resolution in anything near this price range. A few notes over the three days I've been playing with it: (1) Definitely use Canon paper for the best results, although I have found little to no difference between the Photo Paper Plus Glossy and the more expensive Photo Paper Pro,...
Summary: I hesitated for quite a while trying to decide between the HP7550 and the Canon i950 (I had ruled out Epson due to numerous customer complaints about how their printers would break pretty fast). I studied the demo photos over and over again before finally deciding to go for the i950 - boy am I glad I did! Everything you read about how great the photos look is absolutely true.
Summary: I did my homework before purchasing this printer. Just about every review site and magazine listed a different printer as their "best of show". I finally took a chance and purchased the i950, and I couldn't be happier. I am continually impressed with the photos it produces. The photos look exactly like prints from the lab. I was amazed by the speed of the prints as well. It takes about a minute to print on the highest quality setting on photo paper.