Canon Pixma iP5200
For everyday text and color document printing tasks the Pixma iP5200 is an excellent
printer and very fast. It's also very quiet and the built-in duplexer (two-sided
printing) is great for web page or document printouts and saves lots of paper. It's
also great for printing double-sided photo albums, sales flyers, catalogs or
whatever. The top and bottom paper trays are a real convenience, use the auto sheet
feeder on the top for plain paper and the covered cassette for photo paper where it's
kept away from dust and etc. What I do is put my most-used 4×6-inch photo
paper in the cassette and then drop in the bigger, letter-size sheets of photo paper
in the upper feed when needed. If you're on a printing spree, both the top
and bottom trays can be loaded with up to 150 sheets of plain paper each and the
printer can be set to auto-switch trays when one goes empty.
Canon's photo printers are still the fastest of the fast.
The iP5200 cranks out 4×6" borderless prints in about 36 seconds when connected
to the computer. When connected to a camera in Pictbridge mode it makes the same
4×6" print from a 7-megapixel image in 1:33.
It makes a full-size 8.5×11" borderless glossy print in the highest quality
possible in just 2:10 from the computer -- via PictBridge it took 3:15.
The iP5200 is another of Canon's 5-color printers that leaves me wondering why I own
and use the 8-color i9900. When I see just how good the photo prints look when using
only the three primary colors (cyan, magenta and yellow), I don't know why I need
those other ink colors, or the added expense. With the 1-picoliter size ink droplets
the prints are virtually grainless. I can only visually see imperfections after
scanning a print at 600dpi and then zooming in really close. Holding a 4×6"
print in my hand and getting it as close as possible, I can see nothing to
complain about at all. For the average to the hypercritical user I am sure that
this printer will satisfy your photo printing as well as your everyday printing
needs. The color is simply brilliant, the prints last and you'll certainly not
be waiting for this printer to do its job.
The only real complaint that I have with Canon printers in general is the lack of
support for printing CD/DVD discs here in N. America. The same printers are sold
in Europe and those can print on discs as well as paper media. This didn't used to
be such a big deal but now, nearly everyone has a CD or DVD burner in their computer
and could really use this capability. I know it has something to do with licensing,
doesn't it always? The Epson printers can do it so why not the Canons?