ought mine yesterday. No one else seems to have them and I've heard dates
ranging from 12/15 for Compusa (from a canon rep who was there) to January
from other sources.
Funny thing. I have yet to talk to any field rep of canon or staples who
understands that staples apparently has an early release exclusive. Go
figure! Canon's support however does seem to know this.
IMPORTANT - Staples has a $50 rebate on it and I believe it ends TODAY (Sat.
FYI, I haven't gotten though testing it yet. So far I've done the
1) Installed - a minor USB 2 device driver install glitch there but
eventually I worked it out manually. Once that got installed everything
else (scanner,fax.copier) was "found" printer showed up on the printer list
and that was that. I think the USB device driver thing was supposed to show
up when I installed the apps off their CD but I guess it didn't for got
knows what reason. It sounds worse than it was. The whole thing was pretty
easy even with the mishap.
BTW, I installed this on a USB 2 add-on card (that was already in my
computer) and it works fine.
2) Printed regular, picture & graphics - works really nice. Quiet, pretty
quick, & nice colors. Configuration seems easy. I thought this printer was
going to have more than 3 colors to yield better color reproduction and
black (it having 5 cartridges) but two cartridges seem to be black. Maybe
there's more to this. Anyway, looks very very nice. It took me about 2:45
to print an 8x11 photo. Normal prints are just plain quick. Didn't time
I tried the duplexer on a 3 page document and it worked (I specified two
copies and it did collate them though I never told it to). One odd note,
from what I can tell, the duplex option has to be hunted down. It's not on
the main print dialog; rather it's on the "Page Setup" tab of the
"Properties" dialog (that you can access by pressing the Properties button
on the main print dialog. Obviously, this is no big thing, but that' not
where I would've put it.
3) Scanner - Very nice. I've scanned photographs (just 300dpi) and then
printed them out and their very close even with two sources of error. I had
an underwater shot and it was very blue-green and it came out without the
green but the photos that had green plants looked fine. Go figure. My
monitor isn't calibrated but judging picture relatively to each other on the
monitor it looked like the scanner was the culprit. All other photos (that
I chose for their wide variety of colors) looked just about perfect.
I also auto-scanned multi page documents through the ADF though I scanned
them as pictures. I've tried color and b&w; legal and letter. All worked
fine. The software, an app called "mp navigator", scans the whole thing in
shows you the pages and gives you the ability to save them as images or
multi page pdf. I've only tried the multi page pdf. This also seems to be
connected to another bundled app called "Presto! Pagemaker 6" which looks to
be some kind of document DB of sorts. That's just a guess, I haven't played
with it yet. So far I just see that it seems to want CPU cycles so I just
shut it down. Maybe it's worth it and maybe it's not a real time hog but I
just haven't gotten around to playing with it yet.
I just tried the OCR feature. OCR is via the bundled ScanSoft OmniPage SE
version 2.0 application. I batch scanned in a two page document from the
ADF. In mp navigat