Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II A3+ inkjet photo printer

Canon's entry-level A3 photo printer delivers great output but is expensive to run

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Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II
  • Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II
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Pros

  • Great photo print quality, CD/DVD printing, reasonably quick

Cons

  • Expensive consumables, lack of colour configuration options, won't support heavy stock media

Bottom Line

Canon's PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II A3+ inkjet photo printer is an easy way to print high-resolution photos as well as CD and DVD labels at home. However, with expensive consumables and a lack of configuration options, more expensive printers are actually better value.

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Amateur shutterbugs will find plenty to like with the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II inkjet photo printer, including great output, A3+ media support and dye-based consumables for printing on glossy media. Unfortunately, the lack of colour configuration options and an inability to use some heavy stock will deter professionals.

Though it's thinner and shorter than Canon's business-focussed PIXMA iX7000 A3 printer, the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II is deeper when all output and input trays are extended. The printer accepts up to 151 sheets of standard A4 paper at a time through a vertical rear tray and a single sheet front feed. The printer only supports media up to 270gsm thick, which rules out heavy stock like Canon's 350gsm "Museum Etching" Fine Art Paper. The PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II can also print directly to CDs and DVDs.

The Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II connects to computers via USB 2.0; there are no networking options. You can also print directly from PictBridge-compatible digital cameras and mobile phones through a second USB port on the front.

To our surprise, the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II photo printer uses the same conventional dye-based ink cartridges you would find in most inkjet printers and multifunctions. More expensive photo printers like the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 and Canon's top-of-the-range PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II employ pigment-based inks, which don't tend to last as long or work well with glossy media. Those who prefer their photos glossy instead of matte will definitely favour the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II over more expensive alternatives.

With eight consumables at $29.95 each, the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II A3+ running costs amount to $4.06 per 11x14in photo. This is more expensive than ordering low quantities of similar sized images from a print house.

We aren't too concerned with the speed of this printer; the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II is a photo printer, and speed is not the priority for discerning photographers. Nevertheless, it is reasonably quick, producing a normal quality A4 photo in roughly 54sec and an A3 photo in 2min 11sec.

Quality is what the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II A3+ inkjet photo printer was built for, and this is where it truly delivers. We tested the printer across a range of glossy and matte Canon photo media, in sizes from 4x6in to A3+. Across all of our tests, the printer produced accurate colours with few exceptions and no noticeable aberrations. Blues, greens and yellows are all vibrant without being oversaturated. Red hues, however, appear prominent when using the print driver's "Vivid Photo" option — particularly when printing on matte media.

Though using greyscale print settings usually offers better monochrome printing, we found the opposite to be the case here. When printing high resolution black and white photos, the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II A3+ inkjet photo printer produced deeper blacks when printing with all ink cartridges rather than simply with black.

Unfortunately, both the standard print driver and bundled Easy Photo-Print EX software provide few options to configure colour beyond the basic "Vivid Photo" checkbox. If you really want to mess around with print colours, you will have to install the bundled Easy Photo-Print Pro plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, which lets you manage colour profiles as well as manually configure colour hues.

For the professional photographer, spending $200 to $300 more will get you a more capable alternative with pigment-based inks for increased vibrancy. For amateurs, however, the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II A3+ inkjet photo printer provides great photo quality without requiring loads of configuration.

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Victor

1

Uhhh.... Actually, vibrancy is not something the pigment based model has over the dye based one. It's the other way around.

Elspeth

2

It seems the new model (Pro9500 MK II) has addressed a few things mentioned in theis review...

The Pro9500 MK II has been designed with the DNA of Canon EOS cameras and is built for supreme durability and reliability. The Pro9500 MKII uses pigment based inks for all 10 colours, which is a first in the PIXMA series. This improves photo expressiveness using colour space expansion and supports professional monochrome printing. The Pro9500 MK II features FINEprint-head technology that allows precise ejection of microscopic ink dropletsas small as 3pl for all colours. Combined with high resolution of 4800 x 2400dpi, FINE produces photo quality which are sharp and grain free. The Pro9500MK II is the perfect printing solution for professionals who demand archivalquality photos up to A3+ in black and white or colour.

Features:
A3 Printing
Printing Speed: 4mins in standard quality
Printing Speed: 7mins 55 sec. in high quality
Up to 4800 x 2400 Print DPI
150 Sheet capacity
USB cable not included
12 Months warranty
A3 Borderless Prints
Print on to CD/DVD
Direct photo printing
Efficient 10 individual colour ink tanks
3 picolitre FINE print-head technology result in sharper text and enhanced image detail
Supported Paper Sizes: A3+, A3, A4, Letter, Legal, Ledger, A5, B5; Photo cards
3 picolitre FINE print-head technology
Dimensions (WXDXH): 770 x 458 x 323 mm
Weight: 14.6kg
Consumables: CAPGI9BK, CAPGI9CN, CAPGI9GR, CAPGI9GY, CAPGI9MA, CAPGI9BKM, CAPGI9PCN, CAPGI9PMA, CAPGI9RD & CAPGI9YW

Will PC World be doing a review of the new model Pro9500 MK II?

Josef Nemcik

3

how to install CD/DVD carrier for PRO 9000 Mark 2?

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