Canon Pixma iX7000 conclusion

November 12, 2009 by Jerry Jackson Reads (20,392)

Energy tests
Despite the massive size, the Canon PIXMA iX7000 is still energy efficient; in ready mode (setup and prepared to print) it consumes around 5 W of power.  During warm up, it fluctuates between 9 and 12 W consumed before dropping into ready mode. When the printer wasn’t being used for an extended period of time it went into sleep standby mode where it consumed around 2 W of power.

Depending on the job printing, energy consumption varies.  For smaller jobs or jobs printed in high quality modes, the printer slows down and uses between 12 and 18 W of power before returning to ready mode.  For large jobs or jobs printed in standard and draft modes, the printer is working harder and uses between 15 and 22 W of energy.

Pros

  • Exceptional image quality on a variety of papers
  • Fantastic high-capacity paper cassette
  • Reasonable cost and easy on ink

Cons

  • Big and heavy
  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • Slower than the competition

CONCLUSION
The Canon PIXMA iX7000 inkjet business printer is quite possibly the ideal wide-format printer solution for small and medium sized businesses… at a price. For a street price of about $340, this printer gives you a wide range of features, fantastic performance, and very little to complain about. Small businesses will appreciate the ability to make professional-quality signs and posters on any type of paper without having to buy them at a local printing shop, and the image quality is good enough to satisfy most professional photographer who needs flexible media handling in the studio. Even budget-minded photo hobbyists will find this printer extremely attractive given the balance of performance and features.

If we have any obvious complaints about the PIXMA iX7000 they are pretty minor. First, this printer is pretty big and heavy even when compared to the other big and heavy printers in the wide-format category. The iX7000 is also slower and more expensive than competing wide-format printers such as the Epson WorkForce 1100. Lastly, although the iX7000 includes wired Ethernet for network use we really believe every network-capable printer should have Wi-Fi by 2009.

Bottom line, the iX7000 is pretty easy to recommend. This printer offers fantastic print quality, superb paper handling, auto duplex printing, and is pretty easy on ink despite the fact that it has to use a lot of ink for those huge prints. If you’re looking for a wide-format photo printer with a high-capacity paper cassette for less than $350 then the Canon PIXMA iX7000 probably belongs at the top of your list.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Canon PIXMA iX7000 is available now for the suggested retail price of $399.99 through the Canon eStore and licensed retailers.


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