Note from an Amateur: An older HP vs the Canon i9900
7 April 2010
Summary: For about 6 years before trying the Canon i9900, I had a HP DesignJet 10PS. That printer had a reputation based on its incomplete and poorly designed RIP software. With concentrated effort, I was able to get that printer going and produced some very decent prints. I liked the fact that I was able to go for over 2 years with the enormous HP ink cartridges, without having to replace them. At that time, I had been looking at resolution of media versus lens resolution.
Summary: Great printer for at-home photos for display and framing. Excellent quality. We bought this printer to showcase select photographs from our photography. We will print out examples of our work in order to gain business from customers who seek a photographer for weddings, babies, family portraits, senior portraits, etc. We are pleased with the quality of this printer and would recommend it to others.
i9900 is good and works on a wireless print server
1 January 2007
Summary: I bought a Canon i9900 for home use because I was looking for a great photo printer to compliment a new 10.2 megapixel Nikon camera. I found a new i9900 on sale and it does a fine job. Borderless prints look great but that only works automatically on specific sizes. Sometimes cropping, stretching or squeezing images is necessary. The canon pro photo paper works very well. The paper has to be loaded on the right side of the movable guide otherwise you get paper jams.
Summary: Needing a printer capable of taking advantage of the strengths of my Canon 20D, I bought the i9900 from Amazon two weeks ago. It's a marvelous printer. It gives far better results than anything I've seen from a couple of different online printing outfits, plus I can exercise my artistic whims to my heart's - or my bank account's - content.
Excellent printer for high quality needs at a lower ink cost--but non archival
Bernardo Margulis "BER", Amazon
3 December 2005
Summary: UPDATE: After owning this printer for about five years, I'm in the market for an Epson. I LOVE the i9900 and it still works well (minus a couple of bugs that developed recently; you can't expect a fie-year-old printer to not develop some kinks). The reason why I'm switching is because I just learned that Canon doesn't produce archival inks, so I can't really sell my prints. After much research, I don't think there's a good way of making Canon prints archival.
Awesome Printer EXCEPT for Archival Prints! (Dye vs. Pigment)
17 October 2001
Summary: All the good reviews of this printer are true. It's fast, quiet, and the prints are amazing. But I just wanted to mention something VERY important some people. This is a DYE INK based printer. Not a PIGMENT INK based printer. That means your prints will fade over time compared to a pigment ink printer. I have a photo that I've printed from the i9900 with the Canon Pro paper that is hanging in my office (which has florescent lights).