Canon Pixma iX7000 Large Format Ink Jet Printer Review

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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:

Epson Artisan 50 Inkjet Printer Review – Basic Yet Versatile Printer

HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One Inkjet Printer Review – Does it print as great as it looks?

Epson Stylus Photo R1900 Ink Jet Printer Review

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14 Comments

  1. Jessica Vandenbree says:

    Where did you find the printer for that price? Thanks!

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Jessica,

      We found the Canon Pixma iX7000 online at B&H; a photo, video, and audio store.

  2. Liz says:

    Thanks for the great review! I was almost sold on the printer, but the review on printing on metallic paper was disappointing. Have you found an desk top printer that can print on metallic paper?

  3. Kristen says:

    Through in-house tests, we have found that laser printers work best for printing on metallic papers, so it was not that surprising that the Canon Pixma iX7000 did not produce great results on metallic paper. Simply put, laser printers use dry toner that adheres to the metallic surface instantly, yielding sharp, crisp text. Ink jet printers spray wet ink onto the paper, which does not adhere well. This can result in a longer drying time and smudging, bleeding, or fading ink, as you saw in the review. For best results printing metallic paper at home, we would recommend purchasing a laser printer.

    For more detailed information on printing on metallic paper, you may also watch this video:

    Printing on Metallic Specialty Paper – Laser or Ink Jet?

  4. Shelby says:

    I just bought this printer and am still trying to figure it out. Wondering which tray you would print from when printing on textured card stock papers? I thought I would have to use the rear tray, but it only gives the options in the print dialogue box to print with photo paper settings? Would you print from the rear tray and select one of the photo papers? Or print on card stock through one of the other trays? (For example, I am trying t print on linen 80 lb card stock, which tray and setting would you use for that?) Thanks so much for your help!

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Shelby,

      The print tray options on this printer are a little confusing. I have done quite a bit of experimenting with them, however, and have found that textured papers print well in all trays.

      I have found that the major difference with the rear tray is that (1) it is the only tray that accepts custom sizes and (2) it does not use the clear ink tank, making colors slightly less saturated on papers printed from the rear tray (this is easily remedied by turning colors to “dark” in color preferences). As you noticed, you do have to select “Photo Paper” to use the rear tray. I have been using this printer for a little over a year now, and if I want to use the rear tray, I have found that selecting “Photo Semi Gloss” works just fine for most papers.

  5. Julie says:

    HI,

    I am currently doing invitiaions on the side and am in need of some printer help. Through your review here I am almost sold on the Canon Pixma iX7000 Large Format Ink Jet Printer. However I was wondering if you had any preferences for the best all around printer? I currently have an EPSON workforce 610 laser printer, and it does not perform how I’d like. Smaller paper sizes like A1 cards and envelopes have a hard time feeding and I have do do one by one. I guess my main “requirements” would be paper size and weight versatility and the best print quality on the wisest range of paper textures and finishes. The main thing that is stopping me is the metallic paper review on this model. However, is it a deal breaker? In your opinion, though not excellent quality on metallic, is it still decent compared to others?

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Julie,

      Through our in house print testing we have concluded that laser printers consistently yield much sharper results on metallic papers than ink jets. This is because metallic paper is coated and non-porous, and the wet ink of an ink jet has a hard time adhering to the sheet and drying before smudging or bleeding occurs. Lasers, on the other hand, use dry toner that is fused to the paper instantly and requires no drying time, resulting in sharp, crisp results. As an example and for further explanation, please see our video, Printing on Stardream Metallic Paper – Laser or Ink Jet? In this video, the Pixma iX7000 is featured as well.

      That being said, The Canon Pixma iX7000 ink jet does perform quite well on metallics, especially in comparison to many other ink jet printers. From what we have seen, the Pixma iX7000 seems to disperse less ink in general. While this provides a lighter printing result in some cases, it also means less drying time, less bleeding, and less of a chance of smudging after printing.

      Unfortunately it is difficult for us to recommend a best all round printer. This is because 1) we have not tested every printer, and 2) there are so many different types of paper out there that you may be printing on a regular basis. Large format ink jets are certainly versatile, accommodating paper sizes, weights, textures, and finishes of all sorts. Also, an added bonus of an ink jet is that is will print deeply textured/embossed papers quite well where laser printers do not (see printing on wood grain paper).

      If you are printing metallic papers on a very regular basis, you may consider a laser printer (Ricoh and Brother make nice color lasers). If you are only printing metallics on occassion and want the option to print textured papers as well, the Canon Pixma iX7000 ink jet would be a great choice.

      Although we could not give you a more precise answer, hopefully you find this information helpful. If you have further questions, you can always give us a call as well, and we would be happy to discuss this with you further.

  6. Haley says:

    Do you happen to know if there is a newer model of this printer? When I search for the ix7000, I keep getting the ix6520. Does the ix6520 yield the same results and have the same capabilities?

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Haley,

      Yes, the Pixma iX7000 is an older model and Canon is always coming out with new models. However, you should still be able to purchase this printer off of the Canon site (just do a quick internet search of “Canon Pixma iX7000”).

      We have not tested the iX6530, so can not tell you with any certainly whether results are the same, but in general, Canon makes great printers.

  7. ewelina says:

    Hi, I’m considering buying this printer, but firt I would like to know if it prints on matt. I know it’s prefect for glossy prints, but mostly I’m going to print with matt finish. I know it depends on the paper off course, but the ink is also important. In printshop where I do my prints there is always a glossy effect, which I don’t like and it doesn’t matter if I will print on matte paper or not…so, could you please tell me if this print prints with matt effect also??I would be very grateful for your answear 🙂

  8. Claire says:

    Hi,

    I have the Canon Pixma Pro 100 and am printing on your 100 lb cardstock. The image turns out a bit washed out. Do you recommend a specific printer profile so that the colors turn out better?

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Claire,

      Although we do not have a Pixma Pro 100 here to test specifically on our 100lb stock, you might try darkening the color settings, playing with individual colors (saturate blues, yellows, etc.), and using “photo” as a paper type and color profile.