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Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II review

A speedy colour specialist that's easy to install

Our Verdict

Stunning colour quality wins out if you're not into printing black-and-white.

For

  • Very fast and can't be matched for colour print quality on glossy paper

Against

  • Relatively poor black-and-white

Aiming to deliver the ultimate in colour quality on glossy paper, the dye-based Pro9000 has seven individual colour inks as well as photo black for a wide gamut. For a dye-based printer, it also produces very pleasing output on matte photo papers and fine-art stock.

The rear-mounted paper input tray accommodates photo paper up to A3+ size, while a front-loading feeder accepts individual sheets of up to 14x17 inches. However, borderless printing isn't supported on 14-inch media. Installing the printer is quick and easy, and the supporting driver and additional software is intuitive.

Fast Results

The Pro9000 Mark II printed at twice the speed of any other printer in the group, delivering a high-quality borderless A3+ colour print in just 1m 54s. However, there's a catch in black-and-white photo printing. Without any grey cartridges, the only way to ensure that you avoid unwanted colour casts is to switch to greyscale printing.

This not only makes black-and-white photos look a little dull, with a lack of detail in darker tones, it also slows down the printer to a snail's pace. In maximum quality colour mode, the Pro9000 Mark II output an A4 borderless print in 2m 9s, but in greyscale mode it slowed to 15m 9s.

Back in colour mode, with auto colour/intensity enabled, the Pro9000 excels in producing vibrant landscape images, as well as giving a glamorous golden touch to skin tones. Manual colour adjustments are also available for landscape and portrait images, the latter giving slightly pinker skin tones.

The printer also delivered accurate results when Photoshop was given control of colour management. Overall, it's fast and glorious for colour, but black-and white printing is a disappointment.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed47 Second
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity151 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPIXMA
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingManual
Media SizeA3+, A4, A5, B4, B5, Letter, Legal, 250 mm x 300 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 360 mm x 430 mm
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity151 sheets
Height192 mm
Width660 mm
Depth354 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Fine Art Paper, Photo Paper, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Paper, Matte Paper, High Resolution Paper, Transparency, T-shirt Transfer, Photo Sticker, CD/DVD/BD, Borderless Media
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelPro9000 Mark II
Product NamePIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Photo Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Manufacturer Part Number3295B009AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Expand your horizons with print sizes up to A3+ and 14x17" . Achieve professional colour and monochrome prints on a wide range of media the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II gets better results, faster. The PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II allows you to produce vibrant, detailed prints in a wide range of sizes from 10x15cm up to A3+ and 14" wide media perfect for exhibiting.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Photo Printer
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.40 kg