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Canon Pixma iP8500

Canon Pixma iP8500
alaScore 80

210 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the paper handling and design. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. The reliability and build quality get mixed views.

value for money, performance, usability, design, paper handling

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Canon Pixma iP8500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Pixma iP8500

 

Fast ; Full duplex printing ; Great color ; Updated design looks cool and protects the printer when it's not in use ; Quiet

No option for fine-art papers ; No FireWire port ; Dye-based inks lack long-range archival permanence ; Black-and-white prints have a sepia cast

Prints photos quickly and has a duplexer; ink and paper costs are below average. Direct-print features are limited.

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Canon PIXMA iP8500

 

The PIXMA iP8500 photo printer is Canon's first ChromaPLUS eight-color ink letter-sized format photo printer, designed for photographers and consumers seeking vivid color and precision with the highest level of photo printing quality. Canon's...

The iP8500 is a very fast printer, here's some average print times using the same 4-megapixel JPEG image and Canon Photo Paper Pro glossy media (except where noted):

Editor's Choice!

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Canon Pixma iP8500

 

Review: Easy duplex printing, excellent performance, an extended color gamut, flexible paper handling, and an affordable price make the Canon Pixma iP8500 a versatile performer for a broad range of graphics-printing tasks. With its eight-color ink...

Duplex printing; extended color gamut; easy to operate; relatively fast; Mac compatible

No media-card slots; no network support; colors occasionally too vivid

A relatively fast photo printer that produces excellent photo and graphics output.

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Canon Pixma iP8500 Photo Printer

 

At 6.7 by 17.8 by 11.5 inches (HWD), the iP8500 is a little larger than most ink jets, but not by much. As with the i9900, you'll find a PictBridge connector for cameras on the front, a separate cartridge for each ink inside, and a total of eight ink...

Impressively fast, high-quality photos. Separate cartridge for each ink color. Prints directly from PictBridge cameras

No memory card slots. Text/graphics quality and speed are good but not in the same league as photo quality and speed

The Canon Pixma iP8500 Photo Printer is designed for photos. Eight ink colors yield a wide color gamut, and 6,144 nozzles let it print photos at high speed. It's not designed with business applications in mind, but it's still fast enough for use as an...

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Canonâ-'s PIXMA iP8500 Photo Printer; Top Of The Line Model In PIXMA Printer Offerings

 

When compared to earlier six-color Canon printers, the PIXMA iP8500 generates images with even richer tones, particularly in the red and green spectrum.

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Canon Ink-Jet Photo Printers

 

The printer you should purchase depends on your workflow, desk real estate, and budget, as well as the printer's image quality and image longevity. Of these two models, I prefer the i9900 for its ability to produce much bigger prints and for its FireWire

Great color ; full duplex printing ; fast ; quiet ; updated design looks cool and protects the printer when it's not in use

Dye-based inks lack long-range archival permanence ; no FireWire port ; no option for fine-art papers ; black-and-white prints have a sepia cast

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Digital Camera: Canon Pixma iP8500 Printer

 

Canon has never been a company to sit back on their laurels when they have a really great product. So I was interested when I heard that they had upgraded their line of inkjet photo printers and now offered eight-color printing on some models. Since I...

In addition to printing from a computer, the iP8500 also has a PictBridge port on the front for direct connection to cameras. This allows you to print directly from cameras, both still and digital video, that support the PictBridge feature, without the...

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"Big Pain! 8 ink tanks needs constant replacement"

 

The printer has 8 ink tanks cartridges that constantly need replacement with not much printing uses. It seems every time I turn around one of the ink tanks have to be replaced. I have to stop and re-order and wait for shipping and biting nails hoping I...

Print quallity, but the cons far outweigh any pros.

Constant replacement of ink tank cartridges and slow warm up to operate.

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Big Pain! 8 ink tanks needs constant replacement

 

The printer has 8 ink tanks cartridges that constantly need replacement with not much printing uses. It seems every time I turn around one of the ink tanks have to be replaced. I have to stop and re-order and wait for shipping and biting nails hoping I...

Print quallity, but the cons far outweigh any pros

Constant replacement of ink tank cartridges and slow warm up to operate

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"i love this printer"

 

the ink cost have come way down also takes great photos & very easy to use have had it for 3 years now

none that i can see

Product Specifications

The PIXMA iP8500 Photo Printer features the Canon 8-color ChromaPLUS ink system for richer, more true-to-life color reproduction that will satisfy even the most demanding photographer. Its addition of red and green ink tanks expands the color spectrum to a level achieved only by professional printers and the difference is vividly clear. Plus, Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) uses a high-performance print head with an amazing 6, 144 nozzles, ejecting precise, consistent droplets as small as 2 picoliters. The result? Richer images with improved brilliancy rivaling that of positive film. Your images will come to life as never before. This feature-rich printer even lets you print without a computer: simply connect any PictBridge compatible digital camera or DV camcorder, and print! You can also produce edge-to-edge true borderless photos in 4" x 6", 5" x 7" and 8.5" x 11" in. sizes, with the look and feel of traditional photographs. How fast? Thanks to those 6, 144 nozzles, a 4" x 6" borderless print takes approximately 21 seconds.1 Plus its USB Hi-Speed interface enables fast data transfers from your computer, 2 reducing total print time. This unique system, with its eight individual ink tanks, lets you replace only the color that runs out, rather than an entire cartridge containing unused ink. Plus, a unique low-ink sensor alerts you when ink levels are low, so you are prepared to just drop in a new tank as needed. Bottom line: more efficient printing with lower costs. With a dual paper path, you can print 2 sided or just keep photo paper stored in one tray and plain paper in another. You're always ready to print - no paper switching required.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.5in
Height:6.7in
Weight:16.1lbs
Width:17.8in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:United States
Manufacturer:Canon
Model:iP8500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PIXMA

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type: None

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Interface:USB
Max H-Resolution B/W:4800dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):16ppm/17ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):12ppm/15ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:2400dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:2400dpi
Media Type:Compact Disc / Envelopes / Glossy photo paper / High resolution paper / Matte photo paper / Photo paper / Photo stickers / Plain paper / Semi-gloss photo paper / Transparencies / Two-sided photo paper/Envelopes / Glossy photo paper / High resolution paper / Matte photo paper / Photo paper / Photo stickers / Plain paper / Semi-gloss photo paper / Transparencies / Two-sided photo paper
Output Type:Color
Technology:Ink-jet
Total Media Capacity:300sheets
Type:Photo printer

Scanner

Type: None

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.2.1 / Apple MacOS X 10.3 / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Apple MacOS 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.2.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
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