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Cons: a little slower than most inkjet printers.
Pros: duplex printing and scanning, fabulous photos, cheap ink, DVD printing, 250-sheet paper tray, 35-page auto document feeder, switch automatically between photo and regular paper, can handle heavier paper than most printers.
Update: According to the Canon site, this printer DOES support airprint and pictbridge, so you can print directly from a cell phone without a router.
I bought this printer at the end of April 2016 for my son to print photos of my grandson. The decision was based on an article about the top ten photo printers. This was the only printer on the list which could also be used as a regular printer and was not terribly expensive (as low as $60 though usually around $80.). I then bought another one for myself. So this review is based on two printers we have owned for over a year (plus many more, since I have told many others to buy it).
Setup was fairly simple. You insert the cartridges and a light goes on as each is recognized (nice touch - I wish Epson had this). I used only our own brand of compatible cartridges (available for $1.50 and less, depending on quantity). I sold the genuine Canon cartridges which came with it to someone who believed they were worth so much more. You must insert a special alignment page and let it run for about 7 minutes. It found my wireless network and I manually entered the password. I installed the software on my PC and was up and running in minutes.
I printed photos in several sizes on Canon photo paper and plain paper. Even full page photos on plain paper looked good. On photo paper they were stunning. Print speed was surprisingly good. Some reviewers claimed this printer is slow. While it may be slower than the Epson Workforce 3620/3640, it is not by much. I don't find the speed a problem and I use it daily. My son prints hundreds of pages a day. He starts the process going and comes back to pick them up when the printer is finished. He has no complaints about the speed either. He has a laser printer but he says it can jam when the output try is full. The Canon simply stops printing and waits for the output tray to be cleared,then resumes. It has become my main printer. It prints both sides of the paper.
The printer can hold both photo paper in several sizes and regular paper at the same time and will automatically switch between them. Canon often has incredible sales on photo paper, with prices as low as $10 for 10 packs. Sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know when they have the next one. When you place an order for ink, let us know you're looking for photo paper since we stocked up. Canon photo paper works great with Epson, Brother and HP printers as well.
I also used it to print the addresses on heavier stock wedding invitations. I was able to load about 15 envelopes at a time in the tray and the printer zipped through them quickly and flawlessly.
Scanning and copying is fast and easy, particularly since this has a 35-page sheet-feeder. Put a stack of pages in it and it will feed them through. No need to lift up the lid and put them in one at a time. It can also print on CDs and DVDs.
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