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Canon Pixma Pro9500 Photo Printer Review

A serious printer for serious photographers at a serious price.

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Document Performance

General Performance

Given that we have not worked out the details of our sound test yet, we thought it important to note here that the Canon Pro9500 is one of the quietest printers we’ve heard to date. We had to keep checking to make sure it was actually printing.

Warm-up (4.64)

Warm-up time on this Canon printer was 31 seconds, slightly longer but still right in the ballpark of the other pro-photo printers. The other Canon, the Pro9000, came to ready status in 27 seconds, while the Epson R2400 was a bit quicker, at 24 seconds.

Power Usage (7.91)

Of the three pro photo printers tested so far, the Pro 9500 used the least amount of power overall in our power tests, thus achieving the highest score in this class. We use a watt meter for measuring power usage throughout our testing. The Pro9500 prints using 12 watts, the lowest of the three pro photo printers tested, even the less expensive, dye-ink version—the Pixma Pro9000. While the Pro9500 does use two more watts than the Epson R2400 when in ready, or standby, mode, the Pro9500 will shift into an idle mode, using only one watt, when not used for several minutes. The R2400 stays in the three-watt ready mode whenever it's on and not in use.

Document Speed/Timing (2.87)

Pro-photo inkjet printers tend to be slow when it comes to printing of any kind, be it document or photo printing. In a world of slowpokes, the Pro9500 brings up the rear. It printed at the rate of about half of a document page per minute, or, in real terms, it took 1 one minute, 47 seconds to print a single document page at the highest quality settings. This was almost double the rate it took for the Epson R2400 to print a page—56 seconds, and about 35 seconds longer than it took the Pro9000 to print the same page.

Document Quality

Text (7.00)

Text clarity was much better than we could achieve with the Epson R2400. The Pro9500's document page showed much deeper blacks and more defined edges. While the black of the character printed with the Pro9000 was richer, the Pro9500 did a better job of defining the character with sharper edges and less bleeding of ink into the paper. Pigment inks are known for sitting on top of the paper as opposed to dyes, which become absorbed into the fibers.

Shown below are the same character printed with the three printers mentioned. The Pro9000 text is on the left, the Pro9500 in the center, and the Epson R2400 on the right.

Graphics (6.50)

Color graphic documents printed very well, with crisp black text. Color text appeared more vibrant than the same document printed with the Epson Stylus Photo R2400. However, the dye inks of the Pro9000 printed with even greater vibrancy and punch.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup / Drivers and Software
  3. Document Performance
  4. Photo Performance
  5. Tour / Components
  6. Design / Interface
  7. Inks
  8. Print Settings / Options
  9. Connectivity
  10. Overall Impressions / Ease of Use
  11. Conclusion
  12. Specs / Ratings
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