Summary: I bought this printer based on its very good reviews. It delivered outstanding prints -- but not for long. The printhead clogs if the printer isn't used regularly. With effort, it can be cleaned. However, what's really wrong with this printer is the printhead electronics.
Summary: When it is working, it works very very well. BUT there are some caveats. In order to get photo-quality prints, you MUST use Canon photo paper. Now before all you experimenters jump on me, try a package of genuine Canon paper and the photo-printing software Canon included with the printer.
Summary: I had one of their older bubblejet models from the mid-90's. Was a workhorse, extremely frugal on ink, quiet, and well built. Several years ago I moved on to a Canon S300. Seemed cheaply built, flimsy, had a loud, long, and irritating warmup cycle.
This printer will die within one year - - - GUARANTEED!
Tart Green Apple, Amazon
22 May 2005
Summary: Mark my words, the print head will get clogged and this printer will die in 12-18 months after purchase. The postive reviews on this printer are from people that have only had this printer for a short time, soon their print heads will clog too.
Summary: I've had this printer for about 18 months and have been very satisfied with the quality of photos. However, the printhead has died, and replacing it will cost me more than the printer originally did.
Summary: It seems there are two camps in these reviews, the people giving it five stars based on their early experiences, and the people giving it a low rating based on the fading they've noticed after using it for a while.
Summary: Great printer but quality started to go down hill. Appears this is common due to clogged print heads where the printer has not been used for some time. I fixed this by removing the print head, remove the 6 ink tanks and soaking in very hot water.
Don't buy this printer unless you have money to throw away.
27 August 2003
Summary: I purchased my Canon S820 printer one year ago for about twice the price they are selling for now. The print quality is excellent as long as you use Canon ink and paper which is expensive and hard to find in a lot of places.
Summary: After reading all kinds of the reviews, I decided that this printer will fit my needs for its price. I knew from other reviews that the best result you will only get with Canon photo paper, and that's true (that's why I gave it 4 stars). It prints brilliant photos on Canon Photo paper.