past August I went to Best Buy to purchase a new printer because my Lexmark
printer basically stopped working. I had already decided on an Epson printer,
and when I went in, a representative from Canon convinced me to get a Canon
printer instead. I got the i470D. After using it for a while, here is my review.
If you're looking for specs, these are direct from Canon's page:
Speed (up to)
: 18 ppm*** (approximately 3.3 seconds per page)
: 12 ppm*** (approximately 5 seconds per page)
Color Photo : Approximately 93 seconds*** (borderless)
320; Color: 768 (256 x 3 for C,M,Y); Total: 1,088
Resolution (up to)
x 600 dpi in Black
x 1200 dpi in Color
XP, Windows 2000/Me/98, Mac® OS (8.6 to 9.x) and Mac OS X v 10.2.1 to
10.2.x (see www.canontechsupport.com
for updated compatibility)
Black Ink Tank, BCI-24 Color Ink Tank
(cable not included)
legal, A4, A5, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", U.S. #10 or European envelopes
paper, envelopes, Canon Specialty Papers - Glossy Photo Paper, High Resolution
Paper, Matte Photo Paper, Photo Paper Plus Glossy, Photo Paper Plus Glossy
For Borderless Printing, Photo Paper Pro, Photo Paper Pro For Borderless
Printing, Transparencies, T-Shirt Transfers
sheet feeder - 100 sheets @ paper weight 17 lb.
Photo Paper (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets
Resolution Paper (8.5" x 11") - 80 sheets
Photo Paper (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets
Paper Plus Glossy For Borderless Printing (4" x 6") - 20 sheets
Paper Plus Glossy (5" x 7") - 10 sheets
Paper Plus Glossy (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets
Paper Pro (4" x 6") - 20 sheets
Paper Pro For Borderless Printing (4" x 6") - 20 sheets
Paper Pro (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets
(8.5" x 11") - 30 sheets
Transfer (8.5" x 11") - 1 sheet
dB(A) in best quality mode
W x 10.1" D x 8.6" H
limited warranty with InstantExchange program (certain conditions and restrictions
apply; see www.canontechsupport.com
Software and User's Guide CD-ROM including: Printer Driver,
electronic Photo Application Guide, electronic User's Guide and e-registration,
Easy-PhotoPrint (Windows/Mac), PhotoRecord (Windows), ZoomBrowser
EX (Windows), ImageBrowser (Mac), PhotoStitch (Windows/Mac) and Easy-WebPrint
(Windows, requires Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5, version 6.0
Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices
are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
Memory Stick®, CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia,
SD card and MultimediaCard.
For a listing of compatible Canon digital cameras and camcorders featuring
Bubble Jet Direct technology, visit www.usa.canon.com/consumer/bubblejetdirect
PPM print speed based in high-speed driver mode. Photo print speeds based
on default driver mode using Canon Photo Paper Pro. Print speeds will vary
depending on system configuration, software, document complexity, print
mode and page coverage.
Ink droplets can be placed with a minimum pitch of 1/4800 inch.
System requirements vary by application. ImageBrowser, Easy-PhotoPrint and
PhotoStitch are not supported in Mac OS 8.6.
software installation was easy, but very poorly designed. The “installer”
extracts a web page and another installer which is linked to in the web page.
After it extracts the files, it opens the page in the default browser, unfortunately,
that is a BAD thing. The page only works correctly in Internet Explorer. The
page itself has links to installers and uninstallers for the driver and accompanying
utilities. Why there isn’t an installer that just installs the drivers
and coppies an uninstaller is beyond me. I could even see a little program that
launches the other installer. But a web page, which you have to click on a link,
then open, then you get some Microsoft security warning that it’s an exe
and it may be a virus, that doesn’t work in Firebird and has confusing
instructions that are poorly laid out quite like this run-on sentence? That’s
copies the files, and then opens the page. You click on the link, it says “Open
or save?” (at least there’s a screen shot of that and instructions
in the page) and you click open. It launches, and asks you to insert the printer
cable and starts polling for the printer (more on this later). After you plug
it in and like 20 seconds pass, it installs and you’re ready. So much
for plug and play.
surprised how nice the UI is for the drivers. The icons aren’t lame XP-ish
or custom. They are nice 95/98/2k icons that fit right in with my Classic appearance.
is a really cool preview option that is like a print preview, but only generated
by the actual driver, which takes all the “will it really look like this?”
guess work out. It helps a lot with the printer’s borderless printing,
and other neat little features. It’s also nice when a program doesn’t
provide a print preview window itself. Unfortunately, there’s no way to
rotate the page so landscape well, is on its side. But it’s a really nice
are so many options in the drivers that it lets you make “profiles”
for a certain set of options. This would be a nice touch if it were executed
correctly. When one opens the print options, the first tab that comes up is
the “Main” tab, not the “Profiles” tab. When you click
on the profiles tab, you get a list of profiles and a summary of the options.
To save the profile, you click “Add to Profiles” which should be
labeled “Create new profile based on current settings” or just “Create”
with a nice tool tip. So you click on it, and it brings up a little window for
you to give it a name, an icon (nice touch), and a description. Alas, the name
box is limited to only 32 characters and you are limited to the icons that come
with the program; you can’t add more (I suppose you could hack some DLL,
but still). Ok, so you click ok and (again) alas, a message box “the profile
x has been created”. How COMPLETELY worthless. So how do you load a profile’s
settings? You click the “Retrieve from Profiles”. Just clicking
on the profile in the list doesn’t work. So you click the retrieve button
and up comes “The current driver settings will be lost” etc. Well
that would be barely acceptable if clicking on a profile loaded it, but this
is pathetic. At least the delete button is just “Delete” instead
of “Erase profile from existence after some annoying message” which
there is a message “Are you sure?” but it’s really a more
wordy, annoying, and confusing: “This entry cannot be restored once deleted.
Do you want to delete entry ‘x’?”. What a fantastic feature
ruined by a disastrous UI.
it or not, it gets worse. When the printer is out of paper, it comes up with
a window saying “Please add more paper” but it doesn’t just
sit there, it launches a “polling” program every second! So, every
second the cursor turns in into an hour glass and the 'program opened' sound
plays (if you have one assigned). It does this for all other errors like this
(ink, cover, installer locating the port the printer is in, etc).
printers alignment page is much better then the “pick the straightest
line” from my older HP or Lexmark printers. Canon’s alignment page
is “pick the most solid bar” which is much easer to do.
printer makes an awful lot of racket when you first turn it on when its been
off, after its been idle and you try to print, or sometimes in the middle of
printing. It takes about 2 minutes to complete this cycle. After this it’s
that we’ve discussed the driver’s architecture, let’s go on
to the abysmal hardware/USB/possible-Windows problem.
printer has some memory card readers on it, so the clever folk at Canon made
the printer actually a hub which the printer and the memory card reader is plugged
into (when you plug the printer into the computer, it’s actually a hub
into the computer). This way, the driver takes FOREVER to install as windows
enumerates all the devices. FANTASTIC! After using the printer for a month or
so, when you print, an error comes up. And that’s pretty much all the
information you’re going to get. “There was an error printing”.
I have solved the problem by plugging into a root port instead of a hub. (Wasn’t
the point of USB to make it so you can have hubs? It drives me crazy when companies
don’t make their devices “hub-able”)
when it comes time to restart when the printer is plugged in, Windows takes
an appalling additional 3 minutes to boot. I originally thought this was because
Windows sucks and I needed to reinstall, so I did. I stuck the bootable installer
CD in, rebooted, and low and behold, the installer CD took 3 additional minutes
to boot up. Obviously there’s a grave problem with this printer's USB
to call Canon to attempt to solve this USB issue. I went to their web site and
determined I needed to call long distance, and since the place was only open
during the day, I could not use my free nights and weekends cell phone plan.
ARG!!! So I called them, and here was the normall worthless menus “This
menu has changed, please listen carefully” crap. While on hold, some guy
keeps repeating how fantastic the company’s tech support is and how knowledgeable
the people are. I finally get to talk to some one and this guy is clueless.
It became obvious as when he had me go through my USB devices in Device manager,
he thought the “OpenHCD” in “Standard OpenHCD USB Host controller”
was the manufacturer of the USB chip. After I talked to him at length, he talked
to some “senior tech” and they said the only thing they could come
up with was that I needed new drivers (wouldn’t help since it’s
in the Windows installer too) and latest MB updates (BIOS). I told him I did
and he said he couldn’t help me. So after 30 min on long distance tech
support, I got nowhere.
the main 1-800-OK-CANON line to file an “official complaint” and
after a few transfers and explaining, according to them they have told the engineers
about the problem, and they will look into it. Some how I don’t think
one of the only good things about the printer! It has very good output quality,
no banding, awesome photo paper output, borderless printing on 8.5 x 11, great
used the memory card direct print or direct printing from a camera features,
but I did test it in the store. You're very limited on the output (much more
limited then the Epson printers, in the store) but I suppose if you didn't have
a computer, this would work fine. One of the larger problems for the computer-less
printing is how slow it is. It's really is quite unnerving.
extra display and memory card readers no doubt dramatically increase the manufacturing
cost of the printer, but Canon doesn't charge much more for it. Who knows why.
printer has a paper thickness switch inside above the cartridges, but no other
printers have had this switch, and it's very picky you use it when you "need"
to. It won't let you print without switching it, and you have to switch it manually.
Something like this should be automatic.
printer seems a lot more solid then other printers, but that's just my opinion.
weren't for all the USB problems, the horrible installer, the crazy profiles
tab, and the polling, this would be the perfect printer! But these easy-to-fix
problems make this printer quite annoying to work with, especially when you're
trying to print a paper in a hurry for class and it's giving you nondescript
in all, I give this printer 3.5 out of 5 um.. stars?
points? I don't know, first review, haven't set a standard yet, etc.
this printer's score was marginal, I must say that my Lexmark would get about
a 2 and HPs... Well, they're HPs. I haven't used one in years (except lasers),
so I can't say. I haven't used an Epson (on Windows) yet, but I did use on my
mac in OS 9. It was really bad, so I returned it. The software/drivers were
not made like standard mac printer drivers. They were just crap.
ink jet printer manufacturers need to get their butt in gear pronto. This industry
is in bad shape. It should be much better.