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Canon PIXMA iP5000 Printer Review
Review by Ron Risman - June 2005

1. Product Introduction

The Canon PIXMA iP5000 is near the top of the line in the PIXMA series, yet falls just under the $200, making it affordable for many consumers. The printer features Canon's next-generation F.I.N.E* print head technology along with Canon's ContrastPLUS ink system. The print head and ink system are the same used in Canon's PIXMA MP760 that I reviewed in March, so I expecting a lot from the iP5000.

ContrastPlus™ Ink System
Canon's 5-ink ContrastPLUS ink system features four dye-based inks for true 4-color photo printing plus a fifth pigmented black ink for high quality text printing. By incorporating a dye-based black ink cartridge, the contrast of both color and black & white photographs is increased.

The iP5000 also uses individual ink cartridges for each color, rather than one large cartridge for all colors. The advantage is that when one color runs out, you replace only that color, not an entire multi-color cartridge containing unused ink. The PIXMA iP5000 also features a permanent print head, which helps to lower ownership costs.

Features of the Canon Pixma iP5000

  • Maximum 9600 x 2400 color dpi with microscopic droplets as small as 1 picoliter
  • ContrastPLUS ink system for true-life photos and laser-quality text
  • Up to 25 ppm black /up to 17 ppm color
  • Borderless 4" x 6" photographs in approx. 36 seconds
  • Dual paper path with built-in 2 sided printing
  • Direct photo printing from PictBridge-compatible digital cameras & DV camcorders
  • FINE - PIXMA High-Performance Print Head

What's in the box

  • PIXMA iP5000 Photo Printer
  • PIXMA iP5000 Print Head
  • BCI-3eBk Black, BCI-6Bk Black, BCI-6C Cyan, BCI-6M Magenta, BCI-6Y Yellow Ink Tanks
  • Canon Photo Paper Pro 4" x 6" Sample Pack (Borderless)
  • Power Cord
  • Setup Software & User's Guide CD-ROM
  • Software Included: Easy-PhotoPrint 3.0 (Windows/Mac), PhotoRecord® (Windows), Easy-WebPrint (Windows)
  • Documentation Kit

* Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering

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