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New printer!

Finally... after quite some time (see this post from October 2010!) the time of my good old trusty inkjet printer has come. After printing my last few christmas cards, the ink seemed to be getting low again. And seeing this, I just couldn't buy another set of ink/head cartridges for about 100 Euro, when I was already planning to get a new inkjet printer anyhow. And not just any inkjet but rather a printer to do professional grade photo printing with. Yay! Time to put some of the funds to good use and invest into a Canon Pixma Pro-1!

Today - on my way to my movie premiere - I took a stop at a large computer retailer and snatched one. Well... as much as you can snatch a piece of equipment that is 28kg. Holy heavy!

Arriving home, I "quickly" installed that thing. Putting in the 12 ink tanks and the printing head alone took about an hour with the calibration steps the printer ran in between.

But the results... simply breathtakingly. Awesome. This printer produces photography grade stuff. Even with a 10* magnifying glass I couldn't really see any color dots, only the hint of a slight "raster" effect. And it can print up to A3+ (i.e. A3 without any border)

That said, it is NOT an office printer. It is photo exclusive. So if you want to print more text and less images, better get a cheaper printer ;)

Up next on the hardware front: replacement for the almost as old laser printer so I can print decent documents again. But that's for next month-ish.

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c_eagle
Dec. 28th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Canon also has some of the best ink in the business!... Doesn't clog the jets if not used for a week or two like with HP and Epson (even though they make some nice prints too, they be cloggy)... Congrats!
atkelar
Dec. 29th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
Speaking of clogged up nozzles... there is plenty of cleaning options available in the driver. And I made myself a promise to print at least one picture a week to keep them fluid :)

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riffuchs
Dec. 28th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
I read a bit about the printer. That's and awesome piece of hardware you got yourself. Congratulations :)

During the last two years InkJets improved in quality and speed with incredibly. They outrun Laserjets without problems.
atkelar
Dec. 29th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! What really sells the quality to me - compared to lasers - is that ink can be applied to such a wide range of different paper stock. There's so much to pick from. With laser printers? Not so much.

Like I said, I'm still aiming for a laserjet with duplex unit for document printing. If the factory provided toner holds as long as it did with my current laser... I'm set for another 7 years :D
riffuchs
Dec. 29th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
You're looking for a B/W oder Colour LaserJet?
atkelar
Dec. 29th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
So far I've set my eye on the "HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551dn" model. It offers color, duplex and with my previous (work) experiences with HP lasers it should be easy enough to maintain. Should be perfect for document printing on plain paper.
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