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A3 Photo Printer: The New IX Series from Canon

This is the only A3 photo printer I received for test, but I followed the same procedures and testing as with the rest of the printers, using A4-size paper only.

This printer will need some desk space especially with a width of 23.6-inches. It looks pretty simple before the covers have been opened, but the rugged looks begin to show when you lift and paper loading and receiving trays. It has a very angular design, with no smooth edges. The buttons are located, facing the front. Canon has stuck with the display and two button approach with the iX5000 as well; one button for power and the other to clear paper jams. The USB Pict Bridge port is located below the buttons and allows you to print straight from a compatible digital camera without the need to connect it to a computer.

Paper is loaded through the rear tray and this Pixma can hold up to 150 sheets of plain A4 paper. The rear portion can be extended and unfolded to quite a height as it has to give support for A3 paper, the same is the case with the paper put tray which can be extended to hold A3 paper. The process of using this extension is not too smooth and the tray feels wobbly.

The Pixma iX5000 uses four print cartridges, each for the CMYK colors, and installing them is quite easy with a simple clip mechanism. The printer also reproduced my test images with a warmer tone, similar to the iP1980 and iP2680 but not as strongly. In the first test image, there was some loss of detail, but there was no banding. The image did not show cluster of pixels as was seen with the others. Also the darker shades of black were merged.

The second test image was clear, but was not able to reproduce some dark shades correctly. The third image was also on the warmer side, and did not reproduce black correctly. The purple pebbles present in one scene, though, differentiated, were printed out with a dark shade. There was some detail loss but not as much as with Canon’s iP1980, iP2680 and iP4680.

You do not expect to move an A3 printer frequently, but once it is set, there should be no problem; the Pict Bridge is an added bonuses, but like the other Canon printers, a display would have certainly benefited the printer.

Paying $300 for the Canon Pixma iX5000 would make sense for a SoHo print media work place, certainly if you are on a budget and can not spend too much.

It has one black toner cartridge and 3 color cartridges. Replacement costs are between $50-$55 for the black cartridge and $40-$45 each for the color cartridges. The toner bottles are smaller and easy to change. The print cartridges are shaped like cylinders. The starting cartridges are not full yield. The full yield black cartridge will produce 2,000 pages and 1,000 pages for the color toners.

There is a built in toner monitoring bars in Samsung software. This allows you to keep track always of your toner cartridge levels. In case, you do not pay attention to the monitoring bar, the control panel on top is there to help. It will alert you when any of the toners are empty.

Samsung CLP 300 Laser Printer prints four pages per minute for color prints and 17 pages per minute for black text. The first page takes about 26 seconds for color and 14 seconds for black. The speed is slow for a color laser, but you must consider the price range of this printer. It prints 2400 x 600 dpi and has a monthly duty cycle of 24,200 pages.

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Many of the other features are basic for this price range. The Samsung CLP 300 Laser Printer has a 150 sheet tray and a 100 sheet output capacity. It has a memory of 32 mb. It is easy to set up and can be done in as little as 4 clicks. One great feature is that it is Mac compatible.

This Samsung laser printer has NO-NOIS technology. This allows for quiet operation of the Samsung CLP 300 Laser Printer.

Printing color photos is good especially for the price. However, photos will not be as good as a photo printer. I would not recommend this printer, if you plan to print hundreds of color photos daily. It is great for black text plus with the ability to print color prints as needed. It prints better on heavyweight paper.

It has a standard one year warranty and toll-free phone support. For a small printer, it sure does love electricity.

This is a good starting color laser printer. It will not have the quality or some of the features of the more expensive color laser printers. The worlds smallest and lightest color laser printer may not be for everyone, but if you have basic printing needs you will be happy with the Samsung CLP 300 Laser Printer.