Canon i965 printer

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Day 1.

It’s now nearly five months since Canon launched the i965 printer and still no review on photo-i, what is going on?

Due to heavy work load and other commitments I have delayed this review, perhaps by a bit too much for some people. But the advantage and even luxury this has allowed me is that I have been able to evaluate the printer over a longer period than my usual “get it out of the box and get on with it” approach.

So what do you think of the printer? Is it any good? Would you buy one? Should I throw in my i950 printer and get one? If you could have just one printer which would it be? Just a small selection of the many questions I get in my email box every day, Canon printers have a large following, if anyone can make a piece of photographic apparatus then surely “Canon Can”. And the i965 is proving to be no exception to this. Get on with the review Vincent!

The i965 features include borderless printing on media up to A4. A Photo Paper tray that holds 20 sheets of 6x4 paper which can be left in place on the printer, allowing easy switching between media sizes. Another item 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 & i865 printers). The i965 also supports the PictBridge protocol. Any compliant camera or camcorder can print directly to the printer via the front connection. A full list of specifications will be included later in the review.

What's in the box?

  1. Canon i965 printer
  2. Power cable
  3. 6x4 Photo paper tray
  4. CD-R tray feeder
  5. Storage box
  6. Print head
  7. Six ink tanks Black 6BK, Yellow 6Y, Magenta 6M, Photo Magenta 6 PM, Cyan 6C, Photo Cyan 6 PC.
  8. CD-R tray & 8mm CD-R adapter
  9. Maxell blank CD
  10. Quick start guides & sample paper
    printer software CDs (Win 95, 98, Me, XP & 2000, NT 4. Mac OS 8.6 - 9.x, OS X v 10.1-10.2.1)
  11. Warranty cards

    (Please note that the CD-R printing unit is not included with US printers)

As usual the printer is well packed in a moderately sized box, big enough to get in the boot of a small family car and still fit the rest of the week’s shopping around it - you might have to leave the dog in the car park though. Packaging is not excessive, but sufficient to protect it against those SuperStore jugglers who always seem to drop boxes on their corners. Canon has not been sparing with the orange tape either, finding the next piece is almost as good as going on an Easter Egg hunt. After removing the usual packaging we have all the components to get going, with the exception of the most vital part, the USB printer cable, I wonder how many people have unpacked their new printer only to find they have to go back again to purchase a cable? - Canon are not alone in this omission.

As with previous Canon photo printers, the printer head cradle has to be fitted first, this is a straight forward process and it also implies that a replacement head is readily available, it is, and it can be purchased from Canon. Having said that, the print head will last for life – not your life or your dog’s - but the printer’s life. The i965 uses the same ink cartridges that were first introduced on the 8200 way back in Feb. 2000, this indicates that Canon has got it right, indeed they have. Separate ink cartridges are popular with users as they only have to replace the colour that has depleted. Maintaining continuity in consumables also guarantees that those five people who still have a 8200 are not going to run out of ink. Fitting the inks is a simple process of twisting each orange cap off and inserting the ink into the correct slot on the printer. Easy, yes, and if you squeeze the sides you can also re-colour your hands and carpet, be careful with this stage.


The power switch and PictBridge USB port
Contacts on the print head
Carefully remove the cover
the contacts
Fitting the print head
Lock the print head

Turn on the power and the print head cradle moves into the center. Remove the orange protective cover on the print head, be careful not to touch the contacts. Once the head is fitted lock the head in place with the grey lever.

Don't squeeze the sides

The inks are all fitted

There wasn't any problems with the hardware setup everything fitted without any problems.


© Vincent Oliver 2004
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