5 months ago
I have read countless discussions of ink clogging/ink flow issues with otherwise superlative photo inkjet printers. As I think about the frequency and incidence of such problems on the basis of extensive web commentary seen, and discussions with photography acquaintances in the last eight or so years, one printer company stands out dramatically among the dominant three. I am adding one more [admittedly statistically minute] fact to the record.
I have owned and used the same Canon i9900 printer since 2005 or 2006. I have never once used the deep cleaning utility, despite leaving it idle [either on or off, or plugged in or unplugged] for various periods of time, from days to several months.
Well, I have a new record. Throughout two computer crashes, repairs, and new computers, as well as a period of time when I was doing less photography, my Canon i9900 has been unplugged and under dust cover, still being in mint condition physically. [I believe this down time to be about 9 months] So, anticipating some serious photo printing at 8x10 to 13x19, I have returned to my trusty sidekick. I expected to find a ruined print head, or at least serious inkflow/ink clogging/printing problems. [My utility printer, an Epson Artisan 837, has been in continuous use as an all-in-one machine, and for non-critical small size photo printing]
I brought up the printer utility and decided to just try a standard cleaning before the first print attempt. I then did the test print. The result was perfect!
Any of us could make valid claims on the shortcomings of the i9900. Despite where it would stand against all comers in today's photo printer field, even in light of the best inkjets available at any price, I am merely saying that the printer whose output I am still very happy with [I do not do any critical black and white printing, and only use gloss and semigloss Canon papers], seems to be essentially invulnerable to inkflow/ink clogging issues.
Remarkable, I think, is not too strong a word.