Canon Pixma Pro-10 printer review
Design & Features
Like the Pro-1, the Pro-10 has a sleek look with rounded corners and a three-button control panel. The Pro-10 has a slightly smaller footprint and at roughly 44 pounds is noticeably lighter than the 61 pound Pro-1. In addition to USB 2.0 and Ethernet ports, the Pro-10 also offers wireless (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) connectivity, with support for Apple's AirPrint protocol, allowing for direct printing from iOS devices.
As is standard with many Canon printers, a PictBridge port is available on the front below the control buttons. While admittedly not widely used by the photo enthusiast, PictBridge is convenient for sending images for printing directly from a compatible Canon camera.
|The Pro-10 shares the minimalist design of its 1-series siblings, with external controls limited to three front panel buttons. Here you see (from top to bottom) the buttons for power, paper feed/ink change and Wi-Fi control.|
The Pro-10's flat-top design allows for an uncluttered look when all of the doors are closed (though it does offer a tempting 'landing space' for items in the office). Despite its lighter weight, the printer's construction feels every bit as solid as that of the Pro-1. As on most A3+ printers (the Pro-1 being the exception) the ink tanks sit atop the printhead. The Pro-10 is reasonably quiet when printing. The only noises you're likely to notice with the printer in an office environment occur during the automated head cleanings or priming of ink when first installing the cartridges.
Two paper paths are available. The rear tray allows for sizes from 3”x5” up to 12.95”x26.61” with Canon recommending a maximum paper weight of 53 lb (200 g /m2). There's a manual paper feed (found behind the rear tray) that can accommodate sheets from 8”x10” up to 14”x23”. The straighter paper path of the manual feeds allow you to use papers with a thickness of up to .6mm.
In the user manual you'll find a list of papers types incompatible with the Pro-10, with Canon cautioning that their use could damage the printer. This list is worth looking through, as it includes some of Canon's own media, like the Glossy Photo Paper 'Everyday Use' (GP-501), Photo Paper Glossy (GP-502), and High Resolution Paper (HR-101N). Out of curiosity, I did print on some sheets of the Photo Paper Glossy (GP-502) for some of my tests. Fortunately, with no apparent damage to the printer, though I'd certainly recommended adhering to Canon's guidelines.
|Located behind the rear paper feed is the manual feed slot. The lower positioning allows for a less curved paper path. Thick papers (up to .6mm) and up to 14" wide are fed through this path.|
As we noted in our Pro-1 review, Canon is openly promoting the fact that its printers work very well with third party fine art papers, providing ICC profiles for many of the papers from Canson, Ilford, Hahnemule, Moab and other popular fine art paper vendors.
In addition to its two paper paths, the Pro-10 has a front-entry CD/DVD printing option with the included holder. This feature is quite convenient and alignment is a breeze with the separate slot for the CD/DVD tray.
|Included in the box is a inkjet compatible CD/DVD printing tray with a dedicated slot for error-free disc labeling.|
Connection to a computer can be made either by the Ethernet or USB ports on the back, via the PictBridge connection on the front or wirelessly.
|With Ethernet and USB ports located side-facing, the rear manual feed slot functions without cable interference.||A convenient front panel PictBridge port makes printing for a compatible camera quick and easy.|
Configuring the wireless feature was easily completed after reading the instruction manual and following the step-by-step procedures (be sure to have your USB cord connected to the printer before you start). One thing to note about printing wirelessly; your print times will increase substantially over the USB or Ethernet, especially if you’re sending large files to the printer.