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Hints and Tips /Sets up without USB Cable/Cheap to Run on GreyScale
on January 17, 2012
Update 10 months- Printer is running like a champ.
Update 14 Months-Printer is performing flawlessly. I just printed over 1000 color documents for a trade show
and the process went flawlessly.
Update after 2 month ownership this printer is very inexpensive to run. The problem with drawing from the color cartridges went away. So this printer is dirt cheap to use for Black Printing in an office environment. I've never had a jam either. The draw mechanism is rock solid. I printed 300 color documents in a row and was pleased that I could leave it alone come back and it printed until the paper was done.
I'm using it for the office and I've set it to Greyscale, Fast (Draft) setting and done the minimum of color Printing.
I bought my off-brand replacement cartridge at Amazon for around $1.50.
In 1 month (20 working days) of printing 20-40 pages a day.
I used 1 CLI-225 Black Cartridge.
Now a strange thing happened, it's only supposed to pull from the black CLI-225 but for the first two weeks it used color too.
Than the color halted at almost empty and hasn't budged for more than 2 weeks.
The black finally ran out.
Based on what I paid for the off market black cartridge and even if the colors need to be replaced soon, I'm printing at under
1 penny a page.
I'm a happy camper.
I've had HP Inkjet Printers, they reset and clean the printheads after every printing.Ink Hogs
I've had Brother Printers they were garbage and didn't last.
Epson- Garbage doesn't last
This is my second Canon Inkjet Printer. 1 for the home and 1 for the office.
I bought this one for the office, I probably print 20 or 50 pages a day, light duty.
I like that I can purchase reasonably priced 3rd party Inks. Quality is not that important for me even though 4inkjets LD Brand is
I also have found Canon to be reliable.
To those boohooing about ink prices.
Here are some hints
1. Set the printer to draft mode/ or Fast mode. Uses less Ink
2. If you are really concerned about economy than set the Printer to Gray Scale Only
according to the Canon Technician it will only use the Fat Black cartridge. You can always change it back for specific print jobs.
3. Buy 3rd party Inkjets on Amazon for all around printing. You'll pay around 1/3the price of Canon Original
1 negative the cassette in the front holds around 70 papers only not a biggie for me as I'm light duty.
Yes it will set up without a USB Cable. Turns out that what I thought was just 4 arrows is actually a wheel. So you spin the wheel until you get to settings
than choose wireless and you are off and running. Unfortunately I had to call a Canon Technician to get started.
Incredible service-Took less than a minute to get to an AMERICAN Technician who was friendly and guided me through everything, even though I probably didn't need it.
It was just so convenient. Canon Service rocks!!!
Works great with my Windows 7 64 Bit and 32 Bit systems.
Some other hints
In the printer menu on the printer you can set it to Quiet Mode.
In addition in another menu you can set it to turn off after a certain period of inactivity.
The default was 240 minutes and I saw no need to change that.
I almost didn't buy this printer because of the complaints
about the time to print the first copy when the printer was off. Well if you keep the printer on all day like I do that isn't an issue.
In summation, I felt the negative reviews for this printer were misleading and am glad I bought this printer.