A snap to setup and use, the Pro9500 is a fine art printer capable of truly outstanding prints
Consumer Electronics Net
14 November 2007
Excerpt: After 30 years of making inkjet printers Canon has started shipping what may be its best printer ever (under the $1,000 mark), the Pixma PRO9500. In the early 90's the first printers used for digital artwork appeared - costing what a Mercedes S500 would run you nowadays. Back then you were extremely lucky if that expensive print you just had made would last for five years on display.
Excerpt: Over at the input side of photography, engineers push ever onward to offer higher megapixel counts; while on the output side, printer boffins seem to be equally eager to increase the number of ink cartridges. Three ink cartridges used to be enough. Then we went to four. Soon we had six, then eight colours became common on consumer-level printers. Now Canon’s PIXMA Pro 9500 offers no fewer than 10 14ml pigment-ink cartridges.
Pros: Top build quality, Excellent monochrome printing, Quiet
Excerpt: This 10-ink system in this printer uses pigment-based inks, as opposed to the dye-based ones in the Pro 9000. Pigment-based inks are considered the industry standard for commercial output and are also used in Canon's large format printer. Unsurprisingly, three different black inks are used to deliver smooth tones and excellent black & white images.
Excerpt: The Canon Pixma Pro9500 sits at the head of one table in this Labs, but unfortunately it's the price table. At a smidgen under £500 it's the most expensive model here, so it's going to have to perform very well to take the honour of Labs Best. From the outside it looks exactly like and feels the same as it's stablemate, the Pro9000. The construction is sturdy and the plastics are reassuring, but as with the Pro9000 the rear paper tray is a bit flimsy for our liking.
Summary: A pigment-ink version of Canon's popular Pixma Pro9000 A3+ printer (reviewed in issue 31).It's taken roughly 18 months for Canon to bring the Pixma Pro9500 printer to the market, which is surprising as so much of it is identical to the Pixma Pro9000, which launched in October 2006. However, the new model uses a completely different ink set that comprises 10 pigment-based ink cartridges, while the Pro9000 has eight dye-based inks.