i900D Color Bubble Jet Photo PrinterThe Canon i900D is a very versatile printer allowing you to make photo-quality borderless prints with or without the need of a computer. When connected to the computer it functions as a photo and all-purpose color printer and a multi-format card reader/writer device. At home or away from home the i900D lets you print photos directly from your flash memory card (or Microdrive) or by plugging any PictBridge-compatible digital camera into the front-mounted USB port. I very much like the new 4x6" paper tray, it's really nice not to have to unload one paper, adjust the guide and then load a different size paper. Most of us print 4x6" photos with the occasional 8.5x11" photo print but mostly I think we print 4x6" photos and use standard letter size paper for our day to day normal printing tasks. Now all you need do is turn a dial on the 4x6" paper tray when you want that media and turn the dial the other way when you want the letter size paper. but it isn't as fast because its print head only has 1,536 nozzles versus 3,072 nozzles on the i960. If speed is your thing and you don't need the standalone features of the i900D then go with the i960 instead. My real world tests with the i900d hooked up to my Windows XP machine via a 7-port USB 2.0 hub is as follows: Borderless 4x6", Standard Quality, Photo Paper Pro ..... 1 min. 15 secs.
Borderless 4x6", High Quality, Photo Paper Pro ......... 1 min. 40 secs. Borderless 8.5x11", High Quality, Photo Paper Pro ........ 4 minutes The same print speed tests but this time we are printing EOS Digital Rebel 6-megapixel images directly from a CF card in standalone mode: Borderless 4x6", Standard Quality, Photo Paper Pro ..... 1 min. 45 secs.
Borderless 4x6", High Quality, Photo Paper Pro ......... 2 min. 30 secs. Borderless 8.5x11", High Quality, Photo Paper Pro ...... 5 min. 15 secs. The latest Canon printers come with a nice bundle of software applications. Canon's Easy PhotoPrint makes printing simple, any size paper with many different multiple prints per page layouts and cropping options. You are shown a visual preview of the final print output before the actual printing begins. You also get Canon's ZoomBrowser which is like a Windows Explorer for graphic files. Folders of images are shown in thumbnail form where you can view, edit and print them quickly. One of the new inclusions in the software bundle is Canon's Easy-WebPrint which runs as an add-in with Internet Explorer. This makes printing web pages a snap. You can select to print background colors and images or not to print them. Many people ask me how to print my reviews because we use white text on a black background. By default Easy-WebPrint does not print the background and it changes the white text to black -- voilla! Problem solved.