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head was damaged in transit is hard to say. But given
the serious impact the Pro- 1’s heavy box would make
if it were dropped, I wouldn’t be surprised.
FAST AND S TEADY
Though it’s big, the Pro- 1 is an attractive printer and
feels much more substantial and sturdier than Epson’s
3880 and R3000 models. You’ll need a well-built desk
or table to put it on, but the heft is part of the reason
the Pro- 1 is so quiet. While Canon’s previous pro PIXMA
printers were notorious for shaking and shimmying
while they printed—I called it the “Canon cha-cha” in a
previous review—the Pro- 1 was stable and near silent.
It was also quite fast. It took just under five minutes
for a 13 x 19-inch (A3+) color or black-and-white print
using the “Standard” quality setting. For a “High” quality print, we averaged about six and half minutes. You
can’t get much faster than that at this print quality.
In the past, we’ve found Canon’s pro PIXMAs to
print slightly dark, forcing us to tweak the brightness
of our images about half a stop just before printing.
We had no such issue with the Pro- 1. Printing primarily
on Canon’s Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss 13 x19-inch paper and using Photoshop’s canned profiles for our color
management, our prints were crisp, sharp and true
with bold but lifelike color. The Pro- 1’s minimum drop
size of 4 picoliters is a little larger than we had hoped
but even when looking at our prints with a loupe, we
couldn’t discern individual droplets.
Maximum resolution is 4800 x 2400 dpi and the
Pro- 1’s 12,288-nozzle print head did an excellent job
of laying down the ink. Transitions between light and
dark areas were smooth and natural.
For monochrome prints, the Pro- 1 delivered clean
whites, rich blacks and a good range of midtones.
We didn’t notice any obvious bronzing or metamerism. Comparative black-and-white prints from the
Pro- 1 and older ones we printed on the Pro9500 Mark
II showed much warmer tones from the Pro- 1, but it
was difficult to tell what caused the difference between the two. ( The age of the Pro9500 Mark II prints
might have been a factor.)
Although the Pro- 1 doesn’t have a wireless option, it
does offer Ethernet if you want to network the printer,
along with USB 2.0 and PictBridge.
Though the 36-milliliter, high-capacity ink cartridges
Canon PIXMA Pro- 1
Pros: Sturdy build helps stabilize printer during
output; very fast print speed for such high-
quality prints; excellent color and black-and-
white photo prints with superb detail; quiet
Cons: Very big and heavy for a 13-inch printer;
tough to carry and install because of weight and
size; no roll feed option; no Wi-Fi; expensive