Canon Pixma Pro-100 Review: Excellent Value

by Elizabeth Hoyt Reads (12,550)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.83
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Crisp and clean photographs
    • Color clarity is wonderful
    • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Cons

    • Bulky
    • My Image Garden 
    • Matte paper prints lacking

Quick Take

The Canon Pixma Pro-100 is a versatile printer that is more than capable of meeting the needs of the casual amateur or the avid professional.


Overview

Canon expanded their Pixma Pro line of professional photography printers with the addition of two new models, the Pixma Pro-10 and the Pixma Pro-100, in the fall of 2012.

The new 13-inch printers joined the Pixma Pro-1 announced at the Canon Legends Event and will offer customers wireless connectivity, faster print speeds, Pro Mode and a new Print Studio Pro plug-in.

First up in our review queue is the Pixma Pro-100.  This budget entry model uses the 8-ink ChromaLife 100+ system with dye based ink, a step down from its big sisters, the Pixma Pro-10 and Pixma Pro-1 but it’s offered at $499 compared to their higher price tags of $649 and $999, respectively.

To find out more about the Pixma Pro-100, read our full review now!

Build and Design
The Canon PIXMA Pro-100 is hefty printer, weighing in at 43.2 lbs without consumables. The Pro-100 is not designed to be a printer to be moved often, but with a width over 27 inches, there won’t be many places it can fit anyway. When the trays are extended, you cannot have the printer on a desk flush against a wall. The feeding tray extends the 15-inch base over an inch more. And while the output tray also increases the dimensions, it is nice because no paper that comes out of the printer will fall off and get bent or torn.

The design of the Pro-100 is nice and simple, nothing flashy, but it has what it needs. The unit has two buttons, a power button and a feed button, both of which are large and right on the front. The Pixma Pro-100 offers a front side USB connection for the PictBridge compliant devices to print. The top load ink is a change from the flagship Pixma Pro-1 but is a similar load system seen on previous Canon printers.

Unlike the Pixma Pro-1, the budget friendly Pixma Pro-100 comes with built-in Wi-Fi. To set the printer up on a network it has to be attached to the computer via USB, but after the initial set up you can easily print without being near the printer. The user’s ability to turn the printer on and off from the computer when on the same network is also helpful. When turning on the On/Off power option on the printer there is a warning that comes up saying, “if this printer is on a network you will not be able to turn it off”, however the printer was able to be turned off from the computer regardless of the network status.


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