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Keith over at Northlight has completed an exhaustive written review of the upcoming Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-300 printer. This review should tell you everything you need to know about the new printer from Canon.
From Northlight Images:
Compared to the previous PRO-10 and PRO-10S, the PRO-300 is slightly smaller and distinctly lighter.
It weighs just over 14kg (~31 lbs) a noticeable reduction from the ~20kg of the PRO-10S.
At 639 x 379 x 200 mm it’s also slightly smaller than the older PRO-10/10S (689 x 385 x 215 mm)
The screen is a welcome addition, especially for those of us who might not have the printer situated right next to their computer. It would have been nice to be touch sensitive…
The wireless options are useful, but unfortunately not being able to use the wired interface at the same time is irksome. This means that I can’t for example use the speed and reliability of my ethernet and have wireless available for occasional direct prints from my iPhone.
Print quality at Standard and Highest print settings are very good. It’s really difficult to see the difference without close examination. Given the decidedly slower printing at higher quality settings, I suspect I’d use standard for most printing. The driver does lack some refinement in its settings – even ‘custom’ print quality only gives 5 steps from ‘Fast’ to ‘Fine’.
Canon’s new Professional Print and Layout software is really easy to use. I used it as a plugin from Photoshop without any problems. Add in its multi-shot and multi-page options and I could see it as as a great way of making printing easier for people.
By far the most welcome improvements over the PRO-10 are related to paper handling. Not only are enforced margins on some papers gone, but the maximum page length of just over 39″ is enough for a lot of people’s panoramic print requirements. Borderless printing is also much more widely available, even for heavy art papers. Read the full review