Summary: I own this printer. It was an awesome printer while it was still working. I did not have a problem with excessive ink consumption. I've had it for about two years. Very well taken care of, did not use it excessively, or let it sit for long periods. Kept it on a surge protector. I was sure that this printer would last for a long time. I was only on my second round of ink cartridges, still pretty much full. Went to turn it on a couple days ago, like any other day.
Summary: If you are going to pair this with a Mac computer running Mt Lion OS X you are not going to be happy! The CD that comes in the box will not set up the printer. I called the company and asked if an up-dated CD would be issued and was told no. After an hour on the phone with Canon technical support, I finally got it to print, but that is all. If all I wanted was a simple printer, I could have gone to Kmart and bought one for $60.00.
Summary: The printer is good....the provided software is BAD. My main complaint is that the software that comes with the printer only allows for auto scan of PDF and JPEG. This does not allow me to preview and edit the scanned image before saving it. This is important to me because I do digital photo and document scanning of old photos and old documents and it would be much quicker to be able to fix them before saving them.
Summary: I have owned the last three generations of Canon's top-of-line Photo A.I.O. -- the 990, the 8120 and now the 8220. Each generation has offered at least one new feature that was important enough to me to justify an upgrade. And in terms of features, performance and price, each generation has been best-in-class vs. the competition. Measured only by those standards, they're absolutely 5 star printers.