There is nothing special about the way this printer is packaged, just a normal 20 x 16 x 11 box with a lot of padding and tape. There is a useful Quick Start guide, which should be followed, especially the section on fitting the print head. There is also a detailed PDF manual on the installation CD.
The printer has been unpacked and stripped of all its visible tape, cellophane and cardboard. Items in the box include: Power cord, six ink tanks, Print head - ink cradle, two digital camera connection cables, PCMCIA card adapter, rear paper holder, front paper tray, bundled software CD and installation CD (Win/Mac). As per usual there isn't a USB cable (how many people are going to be disappointed when they get home?). Perhaps manufacturers should place a Temper Warning on the front of the box saying "PRINTER CABLE NOT INCLUDED".
The first job is to fit the rear paper rest and front paper output tray. The rear rest easily slots into the rear sheet feeder slot. The front paper output tray clips into front guides, although easy to fit it does not feel that secure, it was easily knocked out. When not in use the output tray can be folded up, this action caused the holder to become detached on several occasions. This output tray would benefit from some refinement. Once fitted you can connect the printer to the power supply and connect a USB cable to both printer and computer. Don't turn on the computer yet.
Next, fit the Print Head, turn on the printer. Open the front cover, this activates the print head holder which moves into position for easy access, raise the print head lock lever. The Print Head has an orange protective cap, this must be removed, do not attempt to refit this once removed and don't touch the print head nozzles.
Although fitting the Print Head is a simple enough procedure, we feel that it should be fitted by the manufacturer, less room for user error (although Canon's line is that it is less prone to accidental damage during transit if packaged separately). The nozzles and electrical contacts could be vulnerable to accidental damage if not handled with care. (Hold your mouse over the print head picture). The advantages of fitting the head yourself means that in theory you should be able to purchase a replacement at any time. Canon states that the head should last for the lifetime of the printer, but it is available as a spare part should you need to replace it.
next stage is to install the ink tanks. The ink tanks are the same tanks
that are used on the S900/9000, S8200 printers, which makes it relatively
easy to find a replacement cartridge in your local high street. Each tank
is wrapped in a tight fitting film wrapper, once removed there is a large
orange lever/cap which also has to be removed. The tanks must be held
carefully, if you grip or squeeze them too hard the ink can leak out -
this happened to me on my S900 - be warned!