Summary: I've been using Canon printers happily since the very first Bubble Jet. Over the years I learned how to use bulk ink, relatively inexpensive non-OEM cartridges, etc. I've used a few HP printers, but they always seemed to develop hardware or other problems after a year or so. So I picked up the ip2600 for general use, mainly in my home office, where I simply want something to print documents (usually in fast mode greyscale). Occasionally something in color.
Summary: I've had this printer for two weeks and I have to say, this is one of the most inconsistent printers I've ever used. I regularly use both high end and budget printers for my art-related business. This one is obviously in the budget category, but the printing results were still far below what I expected (and have achieved with similarly priced units in the past.) For one, the printing colors are quite dull from the beginning.
Summary: I've had a HP printer for years. I'd replace the ink about once a year, that's with printing a ton of pictures. I went to buy ink for my Canon and commented to the salesman about how quickly the printer ran out of ink. He told me that they are shipped with a partial ink cartridge and a full one would last "forever". Well that was Monday, this is Friday and I'm out of ink! I printed up around thirty fliers. That's it. I think I'll go back to HP!
Summary: I have a B&W workhorse laser (HP) and didn't use this printer much except for a few color prints once in awhile. If I had, I probably would have run into the feeder issue a lot sooner like many people out there. However, under such little use, it took 11 months for the "Feeder Failure" to appear. The feeder starts grabbing just the right side only and jams the paper. You can try cleaning it, but it doesn't work.
Pros: I purchased this printer in Nov 2008 on sale for $30. For the amount I spent, I was quite satisfied with the quality of the photos I printed. For personal use of occasional photo printing, it serves its purpose adequately.
Cons: I find the 2 ink cartridge printers unsuitable for frequent photo/colored document printing. Colored ink ran out quite quickly. Canon color cartridges for IP2600 can be hard to find and quite expensive.
Pros: Cheap in price and has a nice adjustment section when printing photos to improve quality
Cons: Ink can cost just about as much as the printer. Printouts have lines running through them no matter how many times printer is cleaned and nozzles are cleaned. Goes through a ton of ink just to check nozzle patterns. Waste of money.
Summary: For the price this printer is good on everyday B/W printing. But on photo's it is poor the default setting producing false colours,it's a bit better after using a lot of ink in setting it manually. This cannot hold a candle to my old Epsom,both in build quality and end results. Although cheap I would not recommend it.