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Based on the season's crop of printers, inkjet print quality is in a serious slump. Fortunately for our jaded eyes, the Canon S photo printer is an exception to this depressing trend. Photo enthusiasts and small-business workers alike can feel safe putting this printer in their homes or offices. On the outside, the Canon S is your typical inkjet printer. It has Canon's standard, slightly potbellied design and an L-shaped paper path in vertically, out horizontally. The input tray, which sticks up behind the printer, holds sheets; the output tray is merely a plastic piece that hangs somewhat precariously off the front end of the printer and falls off anytime Canon S820 Printer move the unit. The plastics are somewhat more substantial than those on some lower-end inkjets such as the HP Deskjetbut for a midpriced printer, it would be nice to hear a satisfying snap when you insert the output tray.

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Whether you're on a Mac or a PC, setting up the Canon S won't cause Canon S820 Printer any headaches; just plug in the printer via the USB or parallel ports neither cable is includedlet your OS detect it, insert the installation CD, and follow the directions. Very new users should glance at the included, colorful poster, which instructs you on how to unpack and plug in the printer, install the printhead and the ink tanks, Canon S820 Printer to your computer, then load the driver. A thin paper manual called the Quick Start Guide details such things as how to optimize photos for printing and install the included photo management applications see Features for a description of these. The CD also contains a Photo Application Guide, which explains how to use the included photo apps for more info, see Features.

Canon's Think Tank System for photo printers. Unlike most inkjet manufacturers, Canon separates the ink cartridges from the printheads in its inkjets. This means that ink cartridges cost less and produce less waste because you're not throwing away and replacing a whole new printhead with every cartridge. However, because the S is a photo printer, its ink system is based on Canon's Think Tank System, and the printer requires six colors: This works out to about the same amount as replacing two cartridges on a regular inkjet.

Canon S820

The Canon S820 Printer printer drivers offer an array of possible ways to adjust or enhance your digital docs before you print, but these options are definitely geared toward the novice photo nut. You won't find any snazzy photo-editing software or even features for a nifty photo album. Rather, you'll find Canon S820 Printer tabs along the top of the driver interface. Main lets you select paper type, print quality, and access the Print Advisor, a feature that helps you choose the appropriate driver settings for your particular print job for example, choose Photo Paper for photos.

Page Setup lets you adjust page size and select borderless printing. From the Effects tab, you can simulate a cartoon, choose a Vivid Photo preset, or apply various monochrome effects such as sepia. In Profiles, you can save your driver settings for easy reuse. Lastly, Maintenance lets you clean and align the printheads or set the printer to operate in Quiet mode, though the engine's not very loud to begin with. Although Quiet mode minimizes the whir and whine of the engine, it makes the printer run a bit slower, so you wouldn't want to use it all the time.

The settings are very easy to follow, but for a photo printer in this price range, we would have liked some more custom tweaking options--at least a slider bar or two to adjust color saturation, for example. As it stands, there are only a few presets for photo optimization on the Effects tab. For photo enthusiasts, Canon also throws in three simple photo-oriented software applications. In Zoom Browser EX, you can view and organize all your digital images. Photo Record lets you create photo albums, add captions and frames, and change the backgrounds on your images. Photo Stitch makes it easy to merge or stitch a series of photos to make panoramas, posters, and collages.

The S also supports EXIFa format in which most digital cameras save higher-resolution images so that your high-res photos look better than your low-res ones. We've never really noticed superiority from photos printed from EXIF files, however. The differences are usually minimal, primarily discernable only Canon S820 Printer professional photographers.

Affordable long-term ink costs. Considering the poor print quality we've seen from most inkjets lately, the Canon S was a pleasure to evaluate. When printing photos, the S produced nice, true colors; even, natural-looking Canon S820 Printer tones; and smooth backgrounds. On this paper, text was evenly dark, individual characters bore sharp edges, and the italics looked especially crisp.


Graphics displayed good color matching, solid saturation, sharp line drawings, fine details, evenly distributed gradients, and beautifully clear photo elements with no visible dithering. On plain paper, by contrast, text looked fuzzy, individual letters were not very well formed, and the Canon S820 Printer looked more like charcoals.


Plain-paper graphics looked muted, and there were white flecks throughout that made them look stonewashed. All in all, stick with specialty paper, and you'll be thrilled with the output from this printer. The S's output doesn't match that of the more expensive Canon S Canon S820 Printer it has other similarly priced photo printers, such as the HP Photosmart and the Epson Stylus Photobeat cold. Only another recent Canon release, the SD photo printer, boasts results that match Canon S820 Printer occasionally best those of the Print speeds were less exciting. With text, the Canon S ran surprisingly slowly, averaging 2. But compared to average photo-printer speeds, that score's not too shabby.

For faster text printing, Canon's i-series printers, the Canon i and the Canon i, are twice and thrice as fast, respectively. On photos, however, the Canon S was quite quick. : Canon S Photo Inkjet Printer: Canon S820 Printer. Plain paper, envelopes, Canon Specialty Papers - Banner Paper, Glossy Photo Cards, Canon S820 Printer Photo Paper, High Gloss Photo Film, High Resolution Paper.

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