These print times set by the iP8760 are based on the duration of print head activity and a USB connection.
With smaller prints the difference between the ‘Standard’ and ‘High’ quality settings may only be apparent by resorting to a magnifying glass. This immediately suggests that personal preferences will play a part when print speeds and extra ink consumption are considered.
For exhibition purposes where larger prints are required, the ‘High’ quality setting delivers noticeably better resolution and colour saturation.
Depending on the paper type selected, if the default of ‘Level Three’ against ‘High’ can be moved to the higher resolution of ‘Level Two’ then all the better. The only paper type to allow the finest level of ‘Level One’ to be established is Canon’s Platinum Pro. As pricey as this paper may be, it certainly is the pick of the glossies.
Running heavyweight paper through a basic printer with a maximum paper handling rating of around 300 gsm is not common practice. So it was interesting to see if a 330 gsm paper could be accommodated. The paper was Moab dual-sided semi-gloss 330 (which isn’t currently available in Australia), and the printer didn’t hesitate in accepting it.
Using the ‘Standard’ quality setting a handsome book was created with crisp Garamond text down to eight-point. If trying to emulate the pages of a commercially produced fine-art coffee table book is the aim – and with no gloss differential or bronzing – then the Moab paper and the iP8760 are a top combination.
In many respects, this printer could be used as a dedicated D-I-Y book-maker, especially on dual-sided gloss and semi-gloss papers. It certainly is economical to run, prints quickly, has 100-year rated inks and delivers bright, accurate colour. If any confirmation is required it’s worth noting that the giant Canon Dream Labo commercial book printer also utilises the ‘Chromalife 100+’ inks.