Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 ($1299) is also a 17-inch photo printer but it’s a bit larger in size than the P900, measuring 28.5 x 17 x 11.2 inches (WxDxH) and weighing a hefty 70.5 pounds. It looks nifty though with a contoured black design featuring a single red stripe across the front that recalls Canon’s high-end camera lenses. Canon’s stellar optical reputation carries over to the PRO-100: it produced some of the best color and black-and-white large format prints we’ve seen. The PRO-1000 has 11 individual color inks (matte black, photo black, cyan, magenta, yellow, photo cyan, photo magenta, gray, photo gray, red, and blue) plus a chroma optimizer, which is a clear coating that reduces bronzing and smooths out gloss to improve photo quality. (The 13-inch Canon PRO-300 also has a chroma optimizer.) My color photos of the Grand Canyon looked great as jumbo-sized prints from the PRO-1000, while my black-and-whites had nice subtlety of tone: deep blacks mixed with detailed shadow areas where I could pick out individual hikers on the trails. First introduced five years ago, the Canon PRO-1000 is a bit of an older model, so it doesn’t have as many user-friendly features such as a touchscreen; there’s just a 3-inch color display. But if you can live without that – I can – the PRO-100 makes up for it with anti-clogging technology in its print head, an air feeding system so the paper will lie flat, and automatic skew correction so your photos will print out straight. Even more importantly, they’ll look big and beautiful.
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