Excerpt: I bought this printer used some two years ago after doing considerable homework on the net searching for a good, cheap to use, printer. This model has lived up to my idea of what a perfect basic printer should be.
Summary: I really hate to rain on anyone's parade, however, both of these printers had major flaws of a similar nature. They could not produce acceptable text at standard or draft resolutions, invariably there would be wavering, poorly formed letters throughout a page of text, so bad it would hurt your eyes to try to even read it. The S 630 produced excellent text at the highest resolution, but slowed to a crawl, especially if the page included graphics of any sort.
Summary: 7:00pm: Pick up this printer (ordered from Amazon ...) from my local package receiving guy. 8:00pm: Begin the set up procedure. The quick start guide is clear & accurate - installing the print head, 4 ink cartridges, and drivers is fast and easy. Quick check with the suggested print head alignment feature (note: I cancelled this alignment check & after my 1st test saw that it was perfectly aligned already). 8:20pm: This was easy..
Summary: The first three months with this printer, I loved it--clear photos and crisp quality. But after that, it went downhill, with streaking on the side. I'd seen this in a customer review and thought maybe they had bought a lemon, but the same thing has happened with my printer. Other than that, I like the individual ink tanks and photo print quality. But nothing looks good when there is a dark streak across your page!
Summary: I researched printers and ended up on the Canon S630 as one of the best low budget printers. It installed easily and rinted quite nicely during the first couple of months. I then started getting blurred text and pictures. I walked through the various troubleshooting suggestions both on the install CD and the Canon web-site to re-align the heads and clean the tanks. I even forked out another $40 for new printer catridges.
Summary: i've had this printer for little over 5 months now, and i have to say that you get the best bang for your buck and then some. i looked over printers made by hp, lexmark, etc, even looking at some photo only printers and can't really tell the difference. i printed an 8x10 picture with heavy black ink usage and the print turned out way better than i had expected. further, it's so quiet, i sometimes have to hold my head near the printer to make sure it's running.
Summary: I've been using this printer for about 3 months, light duty, and am very pleased with it. The quality of black text is very good indeed, and color printing is quite nice. The limited number of photos I've printed look great. And it's fast! After living for years with the HP 560C's tri-color cartridge, I love the separate ink tanks. I always thought it was really lousy to have to throw out a tank that had ink left in two of the chambers, but was empty in the third.
Summary: Some of the reviews refer to horrible text quality - which I experienced until I learned how to use the printer. You have to set your print quality to "high" not "standard." It is a little slower, but it is very crisp print. I had the same problem printing photos until I learned how to use the settings. It produces nice 8x10's from my digital camera, and it's price per page is competitive.
Summary: Having read sooooo many reviews, we bought this printer as we upgraded our computer system..it was a cinch to hook up, the print quality is remarkable for both text and photographs....and.....its cute too! A definite good buy.
Summary: After much research into an ink-jet printer that would do a decent job for printing my digital photos, I decided to get the Epson 785EX. I was trying to decide between the HP 1315photo printer, this Canon, and the Epson when a customer walked in and told me he loved the Epson. Brought the Epson home, and it took an hour to install.