Summary: Best printer I have ever owned. Ink cartridges are now very reasonable if not the OEM and they work extremely well. After several years usage the print head went bad and I made a mistake and bought another brand printer and was sorely disappointed. I purchased a new printhead for this Canon Pixma printer and it is like new, and twice the quality of the other printer in both speed and print quality.
Summary: If considering this printer you need to know that it won't print in just plain "black and white" if any of the colour ink cartridges are empty, even if both black ink cartridges are full ! I was infuriated to find that I needed a magenta cartridge before I could print out my CV, which (a) needed only black ink and (b) was needed in a hurry ! Be prepared to keep a stock of cartridges on hand - sadly, the printer doesn't offer you any options in this situation....
Summary: After only a few weeks of use, paper started jamming, in this printer. This problem only got worse with time. I am currently on my second unit (Canon sends you a used/refurbished unit as a replacement) and still having the same problem. Paper randomly jams in the transport and the printer has to be turned upside down and opened, in the back, to try and get the torn paper out. Sometimes it just tears the edges of the paper, like Jaws.
Summary: I do alot of scrapbooking. I scan my old pictures, burn them for safekeeping and then reprint them on this printer they look wonderful. I have even scanned objects such as lace doilies and printed the out for my scraping. It is easy to use and does not take up much space on my desk. I get most of my photo paper at places like Big Lots and Aldi's. The Dollar Stores I went to recently have acid free photo paper as well and this printer does a great job on it as well.
Summary: I purchased this printer for the office because I had such good luck with a similar model at home. There is consistant quality in everything I print on this machine. It is especially reliable for matching the colors expertly on photos and graphics. I would highly recommend this Canon printer to anyone.
Excerpt: I was able to set prints in monochrome, it helps to save some ink for me, especially when I am almost out of the color inks. The downsides of all canon printer products, including this one, are always because their inks tend to get used up pretty quickly. Most of their inks are very expensive, especially when the inks cost separately. It’s not a very cost effective measure from my point of view.
Summary: After checking with friends, consumer reports, etc. this looked like the best all round printer out there, especially since I wanted to up my quality for photos from the HP's I've been using. The photo quality is good, the size of the printer is great, I like having two feeds (top and bottom), totally satisfied.