Summary: Keep in mind this is a consumer printer. It is not going to hold up long if you print hundreds of pages per month. I had mine for almost two years before it started acting up. I've probably printed between 300-500 full page (letter size or 8x10) prints with some smaller prints mixed in. It has now started clogging (one or more colors stop coming out) and doesn't appear to be as sharp as it used to be.
Summary: I had the S900 for over a year and everything worked perfectly. Then the print head broke, horrible banding that simply couldn't be fixed. So I inquired and ordered a new one - $85 thank you very much. I got it home and within 5 minutes it too had broken. I took the (new) broken printhead back to the store and they replaced it free. That was in December 2003. Now, March 2004, the print head has broken down - AGAIN. I love the quality of the prints, absolutely terrific.
Summary: I bought this printer 15 months ago. Have always loved the printer and the quality of the output, but lately have noticed that ALL of the photos I have printed that are over 6 months old are FADED really BAD! We have sent hundreds of photos to relatives and when we visit their houses we see lots of our faded photos. These were all printed on Canon Photo Paper (PP Pro and PP Plus). We also have an HP Deskjet that is 3 years old.
Summary: This is my first review and I cannot say enough about the S900. I spent time researching before my purchase and found S900 to be the best bang for the buck. While the printer itself is a bit more bulky for my taste, the quality from the first print made little quirks like that go out the window. All previous reviews have a point about the cost of ink but all printers are like that.
Summary: This printer showed up on my goldbox and since our old printer wasn't very good at photos we got it. Also had something to do with our 7 month old daughter. I just finished printing out some 250 pictures for photo albums for grandparents. That isn't all that we have printed on it either. We live away from all our family, so we print pictures often. I am not very good with computers, or anything to do with them. But Ihave been able to use the printer without much help.
Summary: I had originally purchased the Epson Stylus 825 printer. Thing is, the 825 produces great looking pictures but... if you look close, at an angle, you can see very clear "track marks" that sort of look like perforations. I believe these are caused by the array of small, plastic feeder wheels that hold the paper steady while it is fed thru the printer. So, I returned the 825.
Summary: We're very pleased with the printer. Photo quality has been excellent and text is fine too. Very fast. I didn't know that the printer would be able to turn itself off after an idle period and back on when needed, and that is a pleasant surprise. No regrets so far after several months of use and our second round of cartridges. I have found that it prints very well, sometimes better, on non-Canon papers, and does fine on Canon papers too.
Summary: After owning the 900 for three months with minimal usage, the print head failed and had to be replaced by Canon. Turns out there is a waste tank in the print head that collects waste ink. Every time you open the door, to replace a tank, the unit self cleans and dumps ink. The owner can't service the tank, so back it goes. Read the fine print in the manual where it talks about the number of times the warning light flashes. 7 or 8 flashes is a bad thing.
Summary: This printer is AMAZING! You cannot tell the difference between a real photograph and one from this printer. I used the 4x6 glossy paper that was included, and printed a photo taken from my digital camera. It was done in less than 20 seconds and I was stunned at the results. The picture quality and color are absolutely perfect. Everyone I have showed the photos to are shocked when I tell them I printed it and that it isn't a real photograph!