Summary: photo quality was good. Inks were far too expensive for our use. Non-Canon ink purchases had some issues (too much draw of ink creating streaks, blotches, or a bit of leakage over a long period of use. Also, inks dry up too quickly.
I REALLY hate to downgrade such a beautiful product - but the prints FADE badly
J. S. Radford, Amazon
7 July 2007
Summary: It's a fabulous printer, easy to use, forgiving. Out of the box, your prints will be awesome. Prints not exposed to sun hold up beautifully. I have a book full of 8.5x11 prints made 18 months ago and they are still 100% fabulous. Spectacular color and detail and so on.
Summary: Bottom line: Epson 4000 is better. Takes some tweaking but if you calibrate right you will get beautiful prints.
Pros: 8-ink system. Very quiet. Quality prints up to 13x19.
Cons: Be advised that this printer only works with paper up to 105gpm. This illuminates almost all higher quality paper above 11x17 such as Ilford Galerie and HP premium plus (which are both 240gsm). Also, be prepared to calibrate the printer as I noticed the color and grey-scale were way off from both...
Summary: If I knew how expensive printing were, I would have never bought this printer.
Pros: 13x19 prints, price, overall solid printer with interesting features.
Cons: Very expensive inks, 8 inks - $xxx & up. You must use OEM Brand inks or you will have lines in all your prints. Canon add's a patent cemical in the inks which cannot be sold by third party suppliers.
Summary: Overall, the printer is good but it will cost money to replace the 8 inks.
Pros: The canan offers 8 ink's and prints at 13 by 19 print size. I have had it for over a year and so far so good.
Cons: Inks are extremely expensive. It will run you around $100 bucks to replace all the cartridges. Beware, if you buy 3rh party ink's, the quality will be horrible. Canon does not warranty 3rd party inks. And if you buy 3rg party inks, you will find lines in your prints. Canon does that on purpose so...
Beautiful prints possible, but annoying and high-maintenance.
21 May 2004
Summary: I've owned the i9900 for 2-3 years now. I bought it for the comparatively wide gamut (due to 8 different inks), its ability to print edge-to-edge in many sizes, and it's nearly-poster-size capacity. Mostly I print 4x6's and 5x7's and on rare occasion something larger.