Canon Pixma iX7000 Large Format Ink Jet Printer Review

Canon Pixma iX7000At LCI Paper, we house a variety of laser and ink jet printers so that we can test print our specialty papers, envelopes, and invitation cards and offer printing recommendations to our customers. In addition, we print a variety of sample pieces to be used in the product photos, tutorial articles, and videos that are seen throughout our website. On occasion, we also print large format documents such as wide signage (11×17, 13×19) or specialty paper that measure the standard legal paper size 8 1/2 x 14.

What Was Our Criteria In Selecting A Printer?

We purchased a Canon Pixma iX7000 – a large format ink jet corporate and graphic arts printer that was chosen for its price; ability to print a wide range of paper sizes, weights, textures, and finishes; print borderless; and connect to a network for shared use.

Our Review Of The Printer

Since purchasing this printer in January, overall it has performed well, and suits our printing needs. Read the following review for detailed information on the Canon Pixma iX7000 in the following areas:

  • Price Range
  • Printer Features
  • Appearance
  • Set Up Process
  • Network Performance
  • Print Driver – Ease of Use
  • Print Quality
  • Print Speed
  • Overall Summary

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Price Range

As of February 2011, the manufacturer’s price for the Canon Pixma iX7000 is listed at $399.99, but deep discounts for this model are available online – and we purchased this printer for $180.00. It was too good of a deal to pass up!

Printer Features

As mentioned above, the Canon Pixma iX7000 was chosen because it is a large format color ink jet printer capable of printing on a wide range of paper sizes, weights, and finishes. In addition it supports borderless printing on standard photo paper sizes, and is capable of network connectivity, making it a suitable printer for creative design and business printing alike.

  • Paper Sizes: Print on a wide range of paper sizes, from small 3 1/2 x 4 7/8 (A1) inch response cards, all the way up to 13 x 19 inch sheets of specialty paper, and any custom size in between.
  • Borderless Printing: Print borderless photos and designs on standard paper sizes – 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 8 1/2×11, 11×17, 13×19
  • Paper Weights & Finishes: Print flawlessly on a range of paper; from light weight vellum and copy paper, to thick 111 pound cover with a heavy texture.

This printer also advertises the following features:

  • Built-in Ethernet connectivity
  • Three paper paths – front, rear, cassette
  • Large capacity front cassette – holds up to 250 sheets of plain paper
  • Auto duplex printing
  • Auto sheet feeder
  • Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi print resolution
  • PgR Technology – additional clear ink tank for laser quality text, vivid color, and photo quality graphics
  • Six Individual Ink Tanks
  • Energy Star qualified

Appearance

In a nutshell, this is a large format printer and you will need sufficient table space on which to place this large printer.

The Pixma iX700 has a sturdy build, though it is quite large, weighing 43 pounds with the following dimensions:

  • 25.5 inches long
  • 20.4 inches wide
  • 10.2 inches high

Set Up Process

Unpacking, setup and connectivity of this printer was simple and straightforward, only taking about 20 minutes to complete. The printer comes complete with the following:

  • Printed set up guide and network trouble shooting guide
  • Instillation disk with on-screen manual
  • Online print drivers – easy to find and download
  • Easy to follow on-screen set up instructions

Network Performance

We found that printing through the network was reliable and consistent, though rather slow in comparison to direct USB connection.

Consistency

  • All network connected computers (PC and Mac) could access the same print driver options
  • All print jobs sent through the network delivered consistent print color and quality

Slow to Start Print Job

  • Jobs sent through the network took an unusually long time to begin; sometimes up to one minute. As a comparison, print jobs sent to other LCI printers using the same network connection begin almost instantaneously.

Print Drivers

The drivers for this printer are thorough and afford many custom options, yet are moderately complicated in design and take a fair amount of time to figure out. We found the complications are mainly due to the three paper tray options and the types of paper media they accept; yet once you are familiar with the various options, the results are great.

The following graphic and list serves as a quick explanation of the three paper trays and the paper media types they accept. You can select a paper tray in the “Quality & Media” option in the print driver.

Explanation of Canon Pixma iX7000 three paper trays

1 – Cassette Tray:

  • Pull cassette tray out form under printer and remove paper to load
  • Tray accepts “Plain Paper” media type only
  • Tray accepts paper no smaller than 7 x 10 inches, no larger than 11 x 17 inches
  • Tray accepts approximately 250 sheets, depending on paper weight

2 – Manual Feed Tray:

  • Insert paper through the adjustable guides on the front of the printer to load
  • Tray accepts “Plain Paper” media type only
  • Tray accepts paper no smaller than 7 x 10 inches, no larger than 11 x 17 inches
  • Tray accepts approximately 10 sheets, depending on paper weight

Note: When using the Manual Feed tray, the paper gets led toward the back of the printer, takes a u-turn, then feeds back toward the front. Although paper is taken on this path, we found no trouble printing heavy weight paper (up to 80 pound cover) using this tray.

3 – Rear Tray:

  • Insert paper through adjustable guides on the top of the printer to load
  • Tray accepts all media types except “Plain Paper”
  • Tray accepts paper of all sizes; as small as 3 x 5 inches, up to 13 x 19 inches
  • Tray accepts approximately 20-30 sheets, depending on paper weight
  • Tray accepts approximately 15-20 envelopes, depending on paper weight

Note: The rear tray does not utilize the additional clear ink cartridge (PGR Technology cartridge). On some paper stocks, colors are slightly less vivid than they are if printed using the cassette or manual trays.

Note: If you are printing anything smaller than a 7 x 10 you must select the rear tray for printing. Paper smaller than 7 x 10 inches will not feed through the cassette or manual trays.

Below is a screen shot of current Mac & PC drivers:

Canon Pixma iX7000 Mac and PC screen shot

Windows Driver

  • More user friendly than Mac driver
  • Contains a “Quick Setup” tab for quick, convenient printing – no need to navigate through multiple option tabs when printing custom sized documents
  • Utilizes visuals to explain location and feed direction of various paper trays
  • Automatically detects custom paper size according to document dimensions – no need to enter custom dimensions

Mac Driver

  • Less user friendly than Windows driver
  • Print options are available in lists, not tabs, making navigation slightly more complicated
  • No “Quick Set Up” section – necessary to go through multiple option lists when printing custom sized documents
  • No visuals of location and feed direction of various paper trays
  • Automatically detects custom paper size according to document dimensions – no need to enter custom dimensions

Print Quality

The highlight of the Canon Pixma iX7000 is by far its print quality. It prints sharp, vividly colored text and graphics on papers of numerous finishes, textures, and weights. See below for examples:

Lined Envelopes – 80 Pound Text, Smooth Finish

lined envelope printed with Canon Pixma iX7000

Vellum Paper – 47 Pound Translucent Vellum

vellum paper printed with Canon Pixma iX7000

Heavyweight Cardstock – 111 Pound Cover, Smooth Finish

heavyweight cardstock printed with Canon Pixma iX7000

Heavily Textured Paper – 111 Pound Cover, Ribbed Texture

heavily textured cardstock printed with Canon Pixma iX7000

Metallic Finish Paper – 105 Pound Cover

As seen below, the Pixma iX7000 was unable to print sharp text on paper with a metallic finish. As ink jet printers work by dispersing wet ink onto paper, the ink had difficulty adhering to the coated finish of the metallic paper. This results in the blotting, smudging, and bleeding in the text seen below.

metallic cardstock printed with Canon Pixma iX7000

Print Speed

In general, the Canon Pixma iX7000 is not an incredibly fast printer. It takes a long time to warm up and does not have a high speed output. In addition, it often halts between pages. As mentioned above, warm up and printing becomes increasingly slower with use of the network connection rather than USB. Although the print speed is perfectly suitable for those who are not in need of high efficiency, high speed printing on a regular basis, it would probably not suit those who are.

Conclusion

In summary, the Canon Pixma iX7000 has performed well for LCI Paper’s printing needs. It prints sharp text and images on a papers large and small, thick and thin; making it ideal for printing custom sized invitations and specialty paper for demonstrative purposes. Where LCI does not use this Canon for large print jobs on a daily basis, we have not found its moderately slow performance to be problematic.

All of its features taken together, It seems this printer would be best suited for small offices in need of high quality prints, versatility, and the occasional need for printing documents larger than the standard letter or legal sizes. Where this is a large format printer, and is physically large in addition, it is probably not suitable for most home offices unless there is a specific need to print large documents on a regular basis.

If you are considering the Canon Pixma iX7000 for your printing needs, take the following summary points into consideration:

Pros

  • Versatile and able to print sharp, vivid text and images on a large variety of paper sizes, weights, and finishes.
  • Borderless printing available on standard paper sizes
  • Physical and network set up is simple and straightforward
  • Network printing is reliable and consistent in print options and quality

Cons

  • Printer is quite large
  • Network printing is quite slow
  • Printer takes a long time to warm up, with printing moderately slow in general

See our other detailed inkjet printer reviews:

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