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.

Media handling

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.

Connectivity

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.


Click here to go to page 4 of our review of the Canon Pixma Pro-10

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Comments

Total comments: 19
Finsku
By Finsku (8 months ago)

Where I'm at the price for Canon Pixma Pro-10 is 735€ where as the Canon Pixma Pro-1 is 799€. I dont know how's that possible, but at these prices I think I'm going with the Pro-1.
I know the Pro-10 is new but...how are those prices possible?

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BobHBrooklyn
By BobHBrooklyn (8 months ago)

Re: fine art paper, I posted a question on the Canon printer forum
http://forums.usa.canon.com/t5/Professional-Photo-Printers/Will-Pro-10-print-borderless-on-fine-art-papers/td-p/35265

and got this response from a canon rep: "As long as you don't choose the Fine art media type setting and use the ICC profile for the Fine Art paper you are using you can print borderless. Most ICC profile manufacturers I've seen recommend using the Premium Matte driver setting along with their ICC profile which will allow you to print borderless.... The reason for this is that Canon has found that when you print Borderless on Fine Art Paper using the Fine Art settings, curling of the paper often occured, so it was decided to prevent this that option would be disabled when Fine Art paper was chosen from the Media Type."

I'm not sure if the workaround prevents curling, or if there is really a firmware upgrade coming as is suggested here. I've gotten no answer to my follow up questions. Stay tuned.

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BobHBrooklyn
By BobHBrooklyn (9 months ago)

Re the issue with fine art paper.
Has this been corrected by a firmware update as suggested in the review?
If not:
Does this also apply to photo paper?
Does this only apply to the canon print program?
Does using Photoshop or Elements etc work around the problem?

(Actually after reading the Pro-1 review, it appears that even there by default there is a 3mm border. Is there is no way to produce a full bleed print - on art paper or otherwise?)

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teribithia
By teribithia (10 months ago)

The review is just list the product spec ? Oh I see the in-depth review

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Nilskash19
By Nilskash19 (10 months ago)

It's great !

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hellocrowley
By hellocrowley (11 months ago)

My Pixma died just after the warranty expired. Never buy from Canon again.

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bigbikerjoe
By bigbikerjoe (Apr 26, 2013)

Thank you very much for a great review.

Printers can be expensive kit and for people like me looking to buy their first, quality, printer this was great reading.

For those of you not interested in these reviews that is fine too just don’t bother reading them but please, for the sake of those of us that are interested in all things in the photo field, give up the complaining.

Thanks again for the review.

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wkay
By wkay (Apr 24, 2013)

Very poor review, no attention paid to the economics of each print. Many alternative sources available and I have no idea where this ranks.

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NIRMOY
By NIRMOY (Apr 24, 2013)

In case of 8x12 glossy paper color printing what is the approximate print cost? rply please.. thanks in advance

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Joerg Rockenberger
By Joerg Rockenberger (Apr 23, 2013)

The review fails to highlight that the additional ink in the Pro-1 compared to the Pro-10 is worth $264 (12 x 22ml x $1/ml). So, that accounts for almost the entire price difference between the two printer models...

Also, please note that the spec list on page 2 seems to show the specs of Pro-1 (e.g. inks are the same, no wifi, weight & dimensions). And that there is a missing B&W image on page 5(?).

Poor review...

Joerg

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Apr 24, 2013)

The specs are fixed, apologies.

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CAcreeks
By CAcreeks (Apr 23, 2013)

Is the red ink really necessary? Reds look good to me with just CMY. Photo cyan is the most critical. We have a printer without it and I see problems. Photo magenta, hard to say. Grays might be useful for people who print B&W, which we do not. The gray cartridge just sits there for years waiting to clog.

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oldfogey
By oldfogey (Apr 23, 2013)

How much ink gets used in a printhead cleaning cycle?? One of the problems of the small ink tanks on my i9900 and 9500Pro is that whenever one changes one the machine goes through a printhead cleaning cycle - which consumes quite a lot of the remaining inks in the other cartridges. This makes for rather high operating costs - if you use Canon cartridges.

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donut
By donut (Apr 23, 2013)

probably a great printer, but i see a problem with 10 ink cartridges of only 14ml..
You always are changing them.. they are just too small; meaning that you have to have them all 10 extra just in case ; and the change that one of them is finished while printing is also substantial ; and you can do it again.
I have a HP 9180 ( 8 inks of 27 ml)
I imagine Canon choose for small tanks to make it cheaper to buy them all...
Usually printer do not print borderless with matte papers -there must be a good reason for this...

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Apr 23, 2013)

I would like to know how something like this compares to "XYZ" photolab.

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photoreddi
By photoreddi (Apr 23, 2013)

Page 1 of the Pro-10 review states :

> Though substantially lighter by 17 pounds, at 43.9 pounds, it has the same solid feel of the Pro-1.

But the spec's on page 2 shows this for the weight of the Pro-10 :

> Weight 60.90 lb
> Dimensions 27.4 x 9.5 x 18.2? (696 x 241 x 462 mm)

The stated dimensions are also those of the Pixma Pro-1

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Apr 23, 2013)

thanks for spotting that, checking the specs now...

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wootpile
By wootpile (Apr 23, 2013)

Thanks for making this printer review. I'm i the market for a new one and this could well be it.

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Dianoda
By Dianoda (Apr 23, 2013)

Regarding the arbitrary fine art paper margin limitations - just use a different program to print. This is exactly what I do with my Pro 9500 Mark II printer (which suffers from the same margin limitations when using Canon's software to print on fine art papers) - I print using Photoshop CS6, which lets you set any margin you'd like regardless of the paper type/color profile you print with. Using this method I can do borderless prints on any paper type, and I suspect you can do the same thing with the Pro-10.

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