Canon PIXMA Pro-10S £550, $700

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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.

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