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Canon Pixma I P5000 Printer

Reviewing: Canon Pixma I P5000  |  Rating:
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The PIXMA iP5000 is a true photo-quality printer, but it's ink is expensive and it's not easy to fix problems without sending it back to the company.

I had my iP5000 for two years, and loved it's quality of printing. It was quick when printing documents, and kind of slow when printing photos, but the wait was worth it. Using photo-quality paper, you can print off an 8x10 that looks similar to something you'd buy at a department store studio.

It was very easy to synch up with our apple or our PC, and drivers were available online as well.

The printer is fairly durable from the outside. It'd been dropped on the floor a few times, walked on- err, jumped on rather, and used as a stepping stool by countless children. Unfortunately, when fed crayons, the paper feeder went out. It was too expensive to have fixed by the company, so it sits in our junk room collecting dust. We replaced it with a very inexpensive Lexmark multifunction, which I'll review later. The Lexmark doesn't deliver half the quality when printing graphics.

The biggest set-back to the iP5000 however is the number of ink cartridges needed to operate at any given time. I thought it would be good there were separate cartridges for each color, thinking I could easily print in black in white if red or yellow were out. I was wrong. It's very difficult to bootstrap this printer into working when even one of the colors is low on ink. However, it is very easy to change cartridges.

Despite the costs associated with ink, I think this is an excellent printer that I was able to get a great price when purchased alongside a laptop computer. If my budget allows, I would definitely consider another one for the future.