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Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II review

Pigment printing with an extended range of inks

Our Verdict

For

  • Colour accuracy and contrast on matte paper
  • Good build quality

Against

  • Results with Canon glossy paper
  • Slow print speed

The Canon PIXMA Pro9500 MkII has the same full range of coloured inks as the Pro9000, but adds grey and matte black cartridges.

As with Epson printers, the matte black and photo black inks aren't used simultaneously, as the printer switches between the two to suit matte or glossy photo media. The grey cartridge is used in both cases and, while it has the potential to add smoothness to areas of graduated colour, its main use is for black-and white printing.

This cartridge reduces the risk of unwanted colour casts in black-and-white prints because there's less reliance on coloured inks.

However, when switching to the greyscale printing option in our tests, to ensure that only black and grey inks were used, we experienced a drop in contrast and bite similar to that of the Pro9000, which has no grey ink at all. At least regular printing speeds were maintained in greyscale mode – unlike on the Pro9000, but in keeping with all the other printers in the group.

Print Speed

Canon printers are usually very quick, but the Pro9500 proved the slowest in the group, at least in high-quality print mode. A3+ borderless prints took 8m 22s to produce, but at maximum quality settings, speed proved similar to the Epson A3+ printers on test, at 11m 15s.

That's still less than half as fast as the Pro9000. Colour accuracy and contrast are very convincing on matte photo media, with good results for landscapes and portraits.

Our tests using Canon's glossy papers, including Photo Paper Pro Platinum and Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, were comparatively disappointing. Colours took on a faded appearance and contrast was poor, giving a slightly insipid look to prints. It's nowhere near a match for Canon's Pro9000 Mark II for glossy output.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed125 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, A3+, A4, A5, B4, B5, Letter, Legal, 200 mm x 250 mm, 250 mm x 300 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 130 mm x 180 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
Height193 mm
Width660 mm
Depth355 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Envelope, Fine Art Paper, Matte Paper, Photo Paper, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Paper, High Resolution Paper, Photo Sticker, CD/DVD/BD, Borderless Media
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelPro9500 Mark II
Product NamePIXMA Pro9500 Mark II Photo Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Manufacturer Part Number3298B009AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The A3+ Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II produces gallery-quality, long-lasting prints on a wide range of media to enable professional photographers to increase profits and keep high-quality printing in-house.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II Photo Printer
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)15.20 kg