Wireless Professional Inkjet Printer

"Slow and steady wins the race," is great in theory, unless you're looking for output speed instead of quality. The PIXMA PRO-10, Canon's successor to their PRO-1, is a more affordable (although still pricey) professional inkjet printer that has a lot under the hood. The PRO-10 is clearly a photo printer for superior output with graphic design and photography applications. While putting it through its paces, it was definitely more about quality of output than performance.

The PRO-10 is a 10-color printer that can solve a few issues for smaller offices or home studios. It's wireless networking capabilities are easier to use and faster than most previous models and, as long as the software and firmware are up to date, it performs quite well while hard-wired or wireless. Output sizes go up to 13×19″. It's not as deep as the PRO-1, so it takes up less space—but not a small space.

Prints are all-Canon with their inimitable clean, natural saturation. Textured papers—even with paper profiles specific to them—seem to print with a 4% higher overall density, but that was easily remedied with a proper printer-calibration tool. One standout feature (often overlooked) is that the image quality on printable CD-Rs is surprisingly good.

Even as a photo printer, however, the wait time from start to finish seems long—from any file size or connection to the printer. But, by the time that checkered flag waves, you'll find the PIXMA PRO-10 prints are definitely winners.

Company: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Price: $699.99
Web: www.usa.canon.com
Rating: 4
Hot:  Network-ready wireless/wired; quiet; CD Printing
Not:  Slow