Canon Pixma PRO-100 Wireless Photo Printer

‘Real’ photo-dedicated printers have been set to the market like mammoths along a pack of wolves. However, on this notion, we can only but take some precise experience on the most-loved models from some well-sought brands like Canon and Epson, next is HP where the latter sits a little behind in terms to such kinds of printers. After knowing Epson’s Stylus Photo R2000 and Canon Pixma PRO-1, I am glad today to have another monster unleashed but for a much lesser footprint—and considerably, no significant compromise to output quality. Let me show you today Canon’s new Pixma PRO-100.

The PRO-100 of Canon, unlike the said Canon printer which is its predecessor, measures 8.6×27.2×15.2inches, which is significantly lesser in footprint as said. The weight of 19.7kgs is still something you’d really be shy to bring along from room to room, but compared to the said predecessor’s weight of 27.7kgs, you’d know you may have thought of your purchase very well at least to some extent. However, like its predecessor, the PRO-100 of Canon did not really come with significant upgrades to its build—not even adding an LCD at least, I’d say. However, the PRO-100 is still robust and reliable enough to be called ‘professional grade.’

Since the Canon Pixma PRO-100 is no-AIO, expectedly the printer is really and only good for printing photos but up to an A3+ paper size (or 13x19inches, borderless). The PRO-100 comes with two main input trays: one at the rear for a more creative input like glossy papers, and another tray for the heavy loads. Thankfully also, the PRO-100 sports another tray for directly printing to CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray, and the company also claims the same tray to be good for printing directly on some compatible fabrics. Unlike its predecessor, the PRO-100 adds another feature for enhancing the printer: now the PRO-100 has Wi-Fi feature aside from the AirPrint of Apple, and also support Ethernet connectivity and USB when users don’t want to take advantage of Canon’s PictBridge feature.

Since the Canon Pixma PRO-100 has a lesser footprint, it may sound sad if you’d learn that instead of the PRO-1’s twelve pigment-based ink tanks, the PRO-100 only has eight tanks. What made this upgrade more noteworthy is that the predecessor’s tanks include five dedicated inks for printing monochrome/black-and-white pictures, whereas the latter model only has three. But better not be discouraged at once since the PRO-100 introduces a better nozzle droplet now at 3pl instead of the usual 4pl, and this is much better than finding a cartridge with more nozzle holes. Adding to the expected sharp and well-detailed results is the Canon’s Optimum Image Generating (OIG) system, which is said to deliver better performance and reliability to mixing colors.

The Canon Pixma PRO-100 also has a significantly faster printing time compared to its predecessor, though still not the fastest especially when compared to that aforementioned Epson model. Nevertheless, as on my test, the PRO-100 printed a borderless A3+ output with maximum setting for nearly 7mins, and on an A4 paper for less than 4minutes. Unfortunately, I didn’t really try printing on disc surfaces as mentioned, though I at least found out that the printer might not be really good for printing graphics. Text can be done well also in this printer, but if you really print more texts or slides than photos, you’d better prefer another smaller model at a cheaper price.

Photo quality is optimal as expected, with rich gradients even on monochrome outputs. Colors and skin tone are vivid or vibrant enough without being overly saturated, and transition between colors can only be—and can hardly be—noticed unless you bring a magnifying glass on the fly. The outputs in this PRO-100 of Canon, then, is really good for galleries and museums, with hardly no difference at all to what its predecessor has started. The only problem is that you will find trouble replacing inks more often because of the but-13ml content per cartridge.

Lastly, the Canon Pixma PRO-100 in its native software is not supporting a plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop users, which is said to be better than none. All in all, the PRO-100 of Canon is a simplified version of its predecessor with at least a comparable output quality level, but with a smaller cartridge, you’d sure be expecting a little more expense than you have anticipated. The Canon Pixma PRO-100 is available now for $499.

Canon Pixma PRO-100 Wireless Photo Printer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 22,000.00

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