It only seems like last week that Canon announced the i850, S830D and i950. These products have been replaced by a more versatile range, the i865, i905D and i965. Photo-i is pleased to bring you the first review featuring the i865. The i865 is classified as a business photo printer, an additional black ink (BCI-3eBK) is going to produce higher contrast and more depth in photo printing. The print head has Micro Nozzles of just 10 Microns in diameter to deliver 2 picolitre drops.
New printing features include borderless printing on media up to A4. A Photo Paper tray that holds 20 sheets of 6x4 paper and can be left in place on the printer, allowing easy switching between media sizes. Another feature that will prove popular is the inclusion of a CD-R printing unit, this will print images, logos etc. onto compatible CD-R/DVD disks. (the Photo tray and CD-R printing unit are also included with the i905D & i965 printers.) The i865 also supports the new PictBridge protocol. Any compliant camera or camcorder can print directly to the printer via the front USB cable connection. A full list of specifications will appear as soon as I get them
What's in the box?
After removing the usual packaging we have all the components to get going, with the exception of the most vital part, the USB or Parallel printer cable (this is one of the few recent printers I have seen that still uses a parallel cable).
Canon are giving away a lot of accessories in the box and at £165 this package is going to be hard to beat. So lets get on with the review.
As with all other Canon printers I have reviewed, the print head has to be fitted first. Plug in the printer and turn on, if the Add New Hardware Wizard kicks in then press cancel. Open the front cover, the head cradle moves into position, remove the remaining packing tape. Remove the protective orange cover on the print head making sure you don't touch either the contacts or the print head nozzles. Do not try to replace the orange cover once removed.
Turn on the power and the print head cradle moves into the centre. Remove the orange protective cover on the print head, you should be very careful not to touch the contacts. Once the head is fitted lock the head in place with the grey lever. The print head should not need to be replaced during the life of the printer. However, the option to replace it is there if you need it.
After installing the head the next thing to do is to install the five ink tanks. Be careful how you remove the orange protective cap, if you squeeze the side of the tank you might get a squirt of ink. Fit the inks into the print head making sure the colours are in the correct position. Each position has a label to indicate the colour - the inks click securely into place. Close the printer cover. Notice the larger 3eBK ink tank.
As with previouss Canon printers, there wasn't any problems with the hardware setup everything fitted without any problems.