Summary: The slightly frustrating niggles with the set up process aside, the Canon PIXMA iP5300 can produce pro quality A4 prints at a reasonable £129 price. It works quickly and, thanks to the ChromaLife100 inks, your prints will last up to 100-years as well. Excellent stuff.
Pros: Super Fine print quality, plus its nippy speed and cool design
Cons: Convoluted installation and set up software, print head alignment takes five sheets of paper and around 15 tedious minutes.
Excerpt: Cheaper inkjets may give decent print quality and acceptable speed, perhaps even a few nice features, but if you want the absolute best you're going to have to pay a bit more. The Canon Pixma iP5300 costs £88 - only the HP D7360 here is dearer - but after just a few hours using it we were utterly sold on it in every way possible.
Excerpt: We've never been convinced that Canon's PIXMA range has the designer styling that the company claims, but the iP5300 is the best-looking printer in this test. With the input and output trays closed, it's a shiny black box with silver trim at the corners. Like many other PIXMA models, the iP5300 has two paper inputs as standard. You can use the tray at the rear to store plain paper while, for example, you keep sheets of photo paper dust-free in the cassette.
Excerpt: Text- und Fotodruck in sehr guter Druckqualität kombiniert mit durchdachten Ausstattungsmerkmalen lassen den Canon iP5300 die Spitzenposition bei den Tintenstrahldruckern einnehmen. Lediglich eine Schwäche in der Ergonomie-Wertung trübt das Endergebnis ein wenig.
Pros: Sehr guter, schneller Fotodruck, Zweites Papierfach, Geringe Leistungsaufnahme im Standby, CD/DVD- und Duplexdruck