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i960 Color Bubble Jet
Photo Printer

Review posted 9/21/03

Canon i960 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

Canon i960 - Fast, Professional Quality Photo Printing

The Canon i960 Photo Printer is the successor to the i950 Photo Printer and is designed for today's digital photographers that need fast, high-quality prints at home or work. The i960 features 4800 x 1200 dpi print resolution thanks to its microscopic, 2-picoliter ink droplet size that sets new standards for professional photo printing. The key to the printer's speed is its 3,072-nozzle printhead and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface that enables super-fast photo transfers from your computer.

With direct photo printing, you can print without a computer. Simply connect any Bubble Jet Direct or PictBridge-compatible digital camera or camcorder to the convenient front-panel Direct Print Port, and print! You can choose standard 4" x 6" prints or enlarge your favorite photos to either 5" x 7" or 8.5" x 11" - perfect for framing. The included 4" x 6" photo paper tray attaches to the auto sheet feeder, so you'll always have your choice of paper ready for printing.

The Canon i960 features extremely fast photo printing speeds of approximately 37 seconds for a 4" x 6" borderless photo and approximately 1 minute 50 seconds for an 8.5" x 11" borderless photo (using Canon Photo Paper Pro and High quality color setting.) The i960 supports borderless photo printing in 4" x 6", 5" x 7" and letter sizes all without the need to trim the borders or tear off perforations. Other features include Exif Print for smart photo processing, individual ink tanks for efficiency and Canon's advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology.

Individual Ink Tanks -- The i960 employs Canon's hallmark Canon Think Tank System. This unique technology that Canon invented, offers users a cost performance advantage, especially when printing photos. End-users only replace the individual color ink tank they have depleted which helps to eliminate ink waste. In addition, the Canon Think Tank System has an optical ink sensor that triggers an on-screen warning so that users are alerted when the ink has run low.

Shipping with the i960 printer is the latest version of Easy PhotoPrint and Easy- PhotoPrint Plus, a web-printing application called Easy-WebPrint, PhotoRecord, PhotoStitch, ZoomBrowser and ImageBrowser. This version of Easy-PhotoPrint Plus has borderless photo printing for 4"x6", 5"x7" and 8.5" x 11" paper sizes. The printer driver features a Photo Noise Reduction function that helps reduce speckle noise often found in blue areas such as the sky. To further enhance your photos, Canon has developed additional software technology designed to reduce red-eye problems and smooth out facial imperfections. Easy-PhotoPrint also includes Exif technology and is available for Windows and Mac.

Canon i960 Features:

  • Prints 4x6" borderless photos in 37 seconds

  • Separate 4x6" paper tray attaches to the auto sheet feeder

  • PictBridge compatible, print without a computer from many new digital cameras and camcorders

  • 3,072 nozzles for exceptional speed and quality

  • MicroFine Droplet Technology with 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution using 2-picoliter size ink droplets

  • Borderless printing in 4 x 6", 5 x 7" and letter size

  • 6 individually replaceable ink tanks lowers the "per print" cost

  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface and USB 1.1 interface

  • Exif 2.2 compatible with included Canon Easy Photo Print program

Mechanics & Performance

The i960 is a compact and stylish looking, gray and silver colored printer that will easily fit into your computer workspace. Setup is straight forward and can be accomplished by following the steps outlined on the included big page of directions. You first install the removable print head assembly and then unwrap and install the six ink tanks (more on this on the next page), install the software and then connect the USB cable and turn on the printer. Windows finishes loading the drivers and within a minute or two you're up and printing. In actual use the i960 is so quiet that you almost don't even know that it's working.

Canon i960 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

The i960 supports both the new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard for Windows PCs and the slower USB 1.1 standard which is compatible with older Windows systems and Mac OS 8.6-9.X and OS X v 10.1 or later. This is no parallel port connection, only USB.

Canon i960 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

Included with the i960 is this handy 4x6" paper tray that attaches over the top of the existing sheet feeder. It doesn't block the sheet feeder so you can have both letter size and 4x6" media in the printer at the same time. You simply rotate the knob and the 4x6" tray is lowered into feed position. When you want to print on letter size media rotate the knob again to raise the 4x6" paper tray.

Canon i960 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

The rear panel is easily removed if a serious paper jam is encountered. In over a year of use I have encountered only one paper jam in my S9000 when using standard paper and it was automatically cleared by turning the printer on and off.

PictBridge Compatibility

Canon i960 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

PictBridge compatibility means you can plug many of the latest digital cameras directly into the front-mounted USB connector and make photo prints without the need of a computer. Shown here we have the EOS Digital Rebel SLR connected and ready to make prints. You can also connect any of the Canon Bubblejet Direct compatible digital cameras to this connector too.

Canon i960 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

After connecting your camera you will see a "SET" icon in the upper left corner of your playback image on the camera's LCD screen. Scroll to the photo you want to print and then press the SET button to access the PictBridge menu.

Canon i960 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

The PictBridge menu lets you select borderless, bordered, time/date stamp, # of copies, paper size, and you can adjust the trim of the image to fit the 3:2 aspect ratio of 4x6" print media.

Select your options and then hit the SET button to print - that's it, quick and simple, "no-computer needed" printing of your digicam images.

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i960 Photo Printer Specifications

Print Speed (up to)4x6 Color Photo : Borderless: approximately 37 seconds*
8x10 Color Photo : Aproximately 1 minute*
Number of Nozzles3,072 nozzles (512 x 6 colors)
Print Resolution (up to)4800 x 1200 dpi** in Black
4800 x 1200 dpi** in Color
OS CompatibilityWindows® 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)
Ink CompatibilityBCI-6Bk Black ink tank, BCI-6PC Photo Cyan ink tank, BCI-6PM Photo Magenta ink tank, BCI-6C Cyan ink tank, BCI-6M Magenta ink tank, BCI-6Y Yellow ink tank
Standard InterfacesUSB, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Direct Print Port (cables not included)
Paper SizesLetter, legal, A4, A5, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", U.S. #10 or European envelopes
Paper HandlingBuilt-in sheet feeder - 150 sheets @ paper weight 17 lb.

Glossy Photo Paper (4" x 6") - 20 sheets

Glossy Photo Paper (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets

High Resolution Paper (8.5" x 11") - 80 sheets

Envelopes - 10

Matte Photo Paper (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets

Photo Paper Plus Glossy For Borderless Printing (4" x 6") - 20 sheets

Photo Paper Plus Glossy (5" x 7") - 10 sheets

Photo Paper Plus Glossy (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets

Photo Paper Pro (4" x 6") - 20 sheets

Photo Paper Pro For Borderless Printing (4" x 6") - 20 sheets

Photo Paper Pro (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets

Transparencies (8.5" x 11") - 30 sheets
Noise Level (Approx.)37 dB(A) in best quality mode
Physical Dimensions16.5" W x 12.2" D x 7.3" H
Weight12.8 lbs.
Power Source120V AC, 60Hz
Warranty1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange program; 1- year telephone support (90 day toll free from the time of first call); Subject to certain conditions and restrictions. See www.canontechsupport.com for details.
Software IncludedCD-ROM**** including: Printer Driver, Setup Software and User's Guide, Quick Start Guide, PictBridge Instruction Sheet, Electronic User's Guide, Photo Application Guide, e-registration, Easy-PhotoPrint 2.0 and Easy-PhotoPrint Plus (Windows/Mac), PhotoRecord™ (Windows), ZoomBrowser EX (Windows), ImageBrowser (Mac), PhotoStitch (Windows/Mac), Easy-WebPrint (Windows, requires Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5, version 6.0 recommended)
† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
* 4" x 6" photo print speed based on default printer driver mode using Canon Photo Paper Pro. 8" x 10" photo print speed is based on default mode driver setting printing an 8" x 10" image on 8.5" x 11" Canon Photo Paper Pro. Print speed will vary depending on system configuration, software, document complexity, print mode and page coverage.
** Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting.
*** Will vary based on composition of images/documents printed.
**** System requirements vary by application. Easy-PhotoPrint, Easy-PhotoPrint Plus, ImageBrowser and PhotoStitch are not supported in Mac OS 8.6.
†† USB 2.0 Hi-Speed requires Windows XP (Service Pack version 1) or Windows 2000 (Service Pack version 3).
††† For a listing of select Canon digital cameras and camcorders featuring Bubble Jet Direct or PictBridge direct printing technology, visit www.usa.canon.com/consumer/directprint. To determine if a non-Canon brand camera or camcorder is PictBridge-compatible please consult the manufacturer.

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