Although it's not perfect, experts say the Canon Pixma iX7000 is still worth a look if you need to print large-format documents (up to 13 inches by 19 inches). It's optimized more for office documents and graphics than photos, with an automatic duplexer for two-sided printing, three paper feeds (so you can keep various sizes of paper and envelopes loaded) and an Ethernet port so computers on a network can share the printer. Experts say photos look good, but they're not as high resolution and accurately colored as the top-rated Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II, a photo-centric printer that can also print up to 13 inches by 19 inches. Documents print more quickly on the iX7000, although some testers find the speed average and the auto duplexer slow. We found few user reviews for this printer, and the ones we found are mixed: Although some users are satisfied, others complain that the paper feeds don't work correctly, that the printer broke or that they couldn't get it to work on their network.
Experts test the Canon Pixma iX7000 at PCMag.com, PC Pro, TrustedReviews.com and PC World (Australia) and write balanced, appropriately critical reviews. A handful of owner reviews at Amazon.com report some problems that don't show up in expert tests.
For small offices and home users who need to print on tabloid-size or larger paper, PCMag.com recommends the Canon iX7000 most highly. The three paper feeds allow you to conveniently load different sizes of paper and envelopes at once, and the Ethernet port and auto duplexer are convenient, too. Documents, graphics and photos come out reasonably quickly and at good quality, the review says.
Review: Canon iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer, M. David Stone, May 21, 2010
PC Pro finds the Canon Pixma iX7000 ideal for office users who want a reasonably priced printer that can produce large-format documents and graphics as well as photos. Photo quality is fine, although colors aren't as accurate as on the photo-centric Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II, the review says. But the iX7000 has business-centric features like an Ethernet port, automatic duplexer and faster document printing.
Review: Canon Pixma iX7000 Review, Dave Stevenson, Sept. 28, 2009
The Canon Pixma iX7000 prints good-quality photos, graphics and text, Simon Williams says, giving it an overall score of 7 out of 10. Print speeds are respectable in this test, except for slow front-and-back duplex printing. Text still doesn't look as sharp as with a color laser printer, but the iX7000 costs less and is a good choice for a large-format printer.
Review: Canon Pixma iX7000 Review, Simon Williams, July 18, 2010
4. PC World (Australia)
It's expensive for its class, and it's "big, slow and noisy," but this tester says the Canon Pixma iX7000's pigment-based inks do produce "fantastic" images on glossy paper. The bigger the image, though, the less detail it will have, because of the iX7000's relatively low resolution.
Review: Canon Pixma iX7000 A3 Inkjet Printer, James Hutchinson, Oct. 14, 2009
Only eight users have posted reviews here so far, and they're mixed. A few are happy with the Canon Pixma iX7000, but five of the eight reviewers give it 1 or 2 stars out of 5. Complaints vary and include paper feed problems, computer/network incompatibility and printers that broke down.
Review: Canon Pixma iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer (3302B002), Contributors to Amazon.com