I have a mini home business and occasionally need to print graphics. So, my hunt for a printer began! I wanted something that had good quality and cheap ink. So, far I am not disappointed. The colors print true. I have not tried photo printing with photo paper....but all the reviews I read said this was its most impressive feature.
I am in love with the wireless printing, and auto duplexing.....so sweet. It also prints beautifully on envelopes, and I was using a custom invitation size envelope. (I was using Microsoft Publisher to set up the print, and you have to play around with the canon's print section but it made sense) That leads me to another fabulous point....and probably my favorite feature!!!! This printer has a paper tray (cassette) and you have the typical paper holder/slot on the back where you can leave paper. I have the cassette filled with one grade of paper and the back filled with envelopes....when you go to print wirelessly just make sure the drop down is selected for rear tray, or cassette. (who would have thought you could have this feature on such a cheap printer)
As far as ink goes....although the manufacturer doesn't recommend this...If you don't mind buying refilled/refurbed ink cartridges you can replace all 5 of these cartridges for under $15 (total....not $15 each)! and my experience is that the refilled ones last longer then the store bought ones. But I believe that would void any warranties so use your own discretion.
When I first got this printer I was attempting wireless printing from the opposite end of the house...and didn't realize that the office chair was blocking the exit....so needless to say the printer jammed all up. I was ready to throw the printer out the window.....because I couldn't find a way to clear the jam. (Previous printers had easy access points to remove jammed paper)....I couldn't for the life of me find it!!!! But fear not it does have one. You have to lift up the rear tray paper holder, and there is this piece of plastic that slides to the side to gain access.....so my frustration ended up being for nothing...it did end up being really easy to clear.
Other negative reviews are about the menu navigation. Sometimes it wants you to use the ok button and other times it wants you to use the buttons under the screen. My instinct is always to use the wrong one (pushing ok when I'm supposed to be using the select buttons under the screen or vice versa), but this really doesn't bother me. The instructions on the screen are very easy to understand, and the screen is very colorful with fun icons.
I have not tried out the copy or scan functions yet...but the specs for that feature are the same as my last canon....which performed amazingly......so I'm not concerned.