wilsonlaidlaw: This printer is going to have to be massively better than the Pixma Pro 9500 to be any good. I have the PP 9500. Nearly every time I come to use it and wake it up from sleep, after spending 10 minutes cleaning the heads and p***ing away expensive ink from the tiny cartridges, it then demands for at least one cartridge to be replaced.
I reckon my ink costs on the PP9500 are close to GBP10 per A3+ print averaged out. Compared with the rather unreliable but very economical HP B9180 A3+ printer I have in France, the PP9500 is a waste of space and money.
I would need to be very convinced that Canon are not continuing to con their buyers into buying a machine that wastes 80%+ of its ink, before I considered that against the slightly more expensive to buy, Epson Stylus Pro 3880. I suspect that over say a 3 year period, the Epson would be cheaper. I have spent hundreds of pounds on PP9500 cartridges, most of which has not ever hit paper.
I'm with you! I have given up on Canon printers over the ink usage issue. It actually would seem that every time I started it up, waited for the irritatingly long startup process and then clicked to print, I would get a low ink message. I could swear I was getting only about fifteen text pages before being told my black cartridge was empty, and since I very seldom used color, I imagined that my color cartridges were simply evaporating between uses.
I called Canon the first time, to ask if the unit had "starter" cartridges installed, and the answer was no. The second time around with cartridge replacement was my last. I junked the printer, got a Brother laser mono for text, and farmed out the color printing.
End of story.