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Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II ReviewCanon Pro9500 Printer

 
Reviewer: Tim Benson  
Printer Type: Photo, Inkjet 
Overall Rating: 5/5  

As far as top-end inkjet photo printers go, you really can’t do better than the Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer.  If you’re willing to make such a significant investment, you will get your money’s worth from the Pro9500 Mark II, with excellent print quality, reliability, and some other really nice features. 

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Canon sets the standard for ease of use and installation in printers, and the Pro9500 Mark II won’t disappoint in this area.  The packaged software, including several useful utilities, is a nice bonus; of course, you’re given the option of only installing what you really want.  Canon also includes Photoshop Elements with the Pro9500 Mark II, in case you haven’t already got it, as unlikely as that may be at this level.  The new crown jewel of Canon’s bundled software, though, is its Ambient Light Correction feature, which can be installed as a stand-alone application or as a plugin for Photoshop.  This software functions to adjust prints in such a way that they will maintain their ideal appearance under different types of physical light.  Try printing out a picture with this feature enabled, then hold it under the corresponding type of light (fluorescent or incandescent), and you’ll see for yourself how impressive the effect is.  The only problem with the Ambient Light Correction software is that it doesn’t appear to work on Macs – PCs only.

The Pro9500 Mark II is very quiet for a printer of this nature.  It doesn’t eat through ink the way other printers in its class do either, so if you consider the price tag with this in mind, it does become even more attractive.

Of course, if you’re thinking about a high-end printer like the Pro9500 Mark II, you’re probably most concerned with print quality.  As expected, the Pro9500 Mark II’s print quality in all respects is excellent, providing a wider range of color and gradation than any other printer in its price range.  The Pro9500 Mark II’s print quality really is equal to – and in some aspects, perhaps even greater than – what you can get from professional photo labs.  Even its monochrome output, which has been a stumbling block for even other high-end units, is very sharp.  The difference in quality between the Pro9500 Mark II’s prints and those of the competition is most noticeable when printing 16-bit images.  It’ll really give you some outstanding results.

The main complaint about the Pro9500 Mark II is its relatively slow print speed.  In fact, it might not even be as fast as the previous generation of high-end Canon inkjet photo printers.  If print quality is your main concern, you may well say that good things come to those who wait, and you certainly will be waiting for the Pro9500 Mark II, especially if you’re printing large monochrome images.  The Pro9500 Mark II is also perhaps a bit on the large side in terms of its physical dimensions – you’ll need a reasonable amount of space to take advantage of all of its loading options.

The Pro9500 Mark II is expensive, to be sure.  That being said, if you’re even considering it, you probably know what you’re getting into as far as a monetary investment goes.  The Pro9500 Mark II is the best printer in its class in terms of print quality, and that’s what really matters.  What’s more, there really isn’t anything about it to seriously criticize.  If you’re looking to spend this kind of money on a printer, you can do no better.

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