Canon PIXMA Pro-10S £550, $700
The latest hefty addition to Canon’s A3+ printer line-up goes large on quality as well as size
Canon’s new Pro-10S A3+ photo printer is heavily based on the original Pro-10 model. It looks identical, uses the same print heads and cartridges, and has the same physical dimensions and 20kg weight. The only real upgrade is that the Pro-10S adds extra cloud-based functions, namely access to the Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions mobile app, and the more commercial Canon Pro Gallery Print app.
The printer runs on nine pigment-based ‘Lucia’ inks, plus a ‘chroma optimiser’, which is designed to give a more uniform sheen to glossy prints. The inks are CMYK, photo cyan, photo magenta, red, grey and both photo black and matte black. The photo and matte black inks have their own channels in the print head, so there’s no time or ink wasted when swapping between glossy and matte media. The cost of inks works out to 71p ($1.07) per millilitre, which is the outright cheapest of any printer in the group.
Glossy output is very smooth for a pigment-based printer, while printing on matte is wonderfully non-reflective. Colour accuracy is excellent, and definition and clarity are superb in black-andwhite prints. Top-quality A4 and A3+ prints take less than five and 12 minutes respectively.