Conclusion: All I wanted was to print DVD labels. Blank, with text. Business-like. The software for this purpose that came with the printer is terrible. Limited functionality, text in pre-determined places, limited flexibility. If what you want is to occasionally print a label with a picture of your cat on it, and limited text this may be the one for you.
Excerpt: I have only had the printer for a short time, but it seems to do every thing well. I bought it as a replacement for the iP4000. Prints photos very good and has good document performance as well. I think the two paper trays will prove to be very usefull as well as the two sided printing capability. Cons: It is very noisy and takes a lot of time to start printing.
Conclusion: I have been a loyal Canon customer for many years, promoting their brand every step of the way but Canon made a huge mistake in removing the rear feed tray from this photo printer. Judging by the majority of reviews here, Canon is losing a lot of customers due to this mistake and until now I never would have thought to look to another brand either. Unfortunately, now we are all forced to shop around. I sincerely hope Canon is paying attention to this feedback.
Summary: After much research (ok, I asked on a 4x4 forum, but I did find a guy who repairs printers for a living), I bought this unit strictly for pictures. Yes, set up time is slow for the first print. Following prints aren't exactly lightning fast, but perfectly fine for printing some family pictures after dinner. Heck, it is much faster than my wife and I deciding which picture of the dog should go on the fridge. And yes, the borders don't align 100% once in a while.
Excerpt: We purchased this PIXMA to replace our old HP Photosmart print that had finally given up the ghost after quite a few years. The major reason we purchased the PIXMA is because it offered printability directly onto CD and DVDs. This is something that we use in the office on a regular basis and had difficulty finding newwer printers that offered this feature. Overall the printer is nice, and easy to install.
Summary: When my Canon Pixma IP4500 stopped working, I thought it would be easy to find a similar printer that excelled at both home office tasks and printing photos. It seems that since my purchase 7 years ago, the printer world has split into two groups - multifunction printers for scanning and printing, and dedicated printers for photos.
Summary: Couldn't be easier to use. LOVE IT. My technologically impaired Mom is even able to print using this, with ease! Pictures print RIGHT UP to the edge on all paper sizes I've tried so far, so I don't have to worry about sizing. Super simple to connect to our wireless network as we have WPS on our router. The app installed itself on my Windows 8 laptop when connected to the network, but for my mom's Windows 7 and Vista computers I had to use the installation disk.
Summary: Inexpensive. Quality print. Ramping up, frustratingly slow. Almost decided to send back because of this. Seems to be demanding on ink. But does an exceptional job in printed output, pictures and text.