Canon i860

Canon i860 is a Photo Printer features Print Speed (up to) Black:23 ppm, Color:16 ppm, 4×6 borderless photo: approximately 50 seconds, Print Resolution (Up to) Black:600 x 600 dpi, Color:4800 x 1200 dpi, Standard Interfaces: USB, IEEE 1284 Parallel Port and Direct Print Port (cables not included), Paper Sizes: Letter, legal, A4, A5, 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, U.S. #10 or European envelopes. The Canon i860 measures 16.5″ W x 12.2″ D x 7.3″ H and weighs 12.8 lbs.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon i860 Reviews

CNET reviews the Canon i860 and writes;
“The i860 blazed through CNET Labs speed tests, printing a letter-size photo on photo paper in 1.9 minutes. This is faster than the Canon i900D photo printer, which costs almost $100 more yet printed the same test photo in 2.7 minutes. The i860 hurled out plain-paper text at a rate of 6.3 pages per minute (ppm), faster than all other Canon photo printers except its older brother, the Canon i560, which managed 6.8ppm. The i860 printed photos on photo paper and text on plain paper clearly and without printer-induced flaws, such as banding or dots, and it contained plenty of fine detail. However, the text was not as black and saturated as we’d like, and some skin tones in the test photographs had a yellowish cast to them.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Canon i860 User Reviews

great printer
“Received this printer in the mail a week ago and since I have been using it, I have been amazed. For the price, I don’t think that you could do much better. I really did not get this as a photo printer, but the 4×6 cassette intrigued me to try to print one of my digital pictures. I was amazed as to how great it turned out. You could not tell the difference from the photo lab. The text is sharp, clear and very quick. It is also extremely quiet. It took about 30sec to print a borderless 4×6.” – by drmike
Rating: ★★★★★

Astonishing printer!! I am now confident in Canon
“My reprinted photos look wonderful, the zoo pictures have beautiful colors, the nature pictures have vivid green bushes and trees and blue skies, and the people pictures look flawless – skin color reproduction is clear. I bought 4 packs of Canon Photo Paper Glossy 4X6 and reprinted almost every picture I had that meant something…” – by T. Nelson
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent, all-rounded printer
“All in all I am impressed with the speed, appearance, and quality of this printer. It’s a bit bulky, but the exterior is quite attractive, being metallic silver on the top with white and gray on the sides and bottom. The expanding top loader and frontal tray feels a bit loosely attached, and needs a little coaxing to store and expand, but the plastic itself is sturdy. The pictbridge is in front although the lack of an lcd makes direct from camera printing less intuitive. It comes with a relatively handy 4×6 photo tray that seems to do a good job directing the paper in a perfect manner.” – by Sonnet Celestial
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Printer
“Just purchased this printer to replace a Canon S820. This printer is FAST in B/W and Color and produces great color photos. Had no problems getting it up and running. Have used canon printers for several years due to the ability to replace individual color inks. Would definately recommend this printer for someone looking for a nice photo quality printer for a great price.” – by R. BOGLE
Rating: ★★★★★

What an amazing printer, the best ever
“I was totally shocked when I first printed out the photo using the sample paper(Canon Photo Paper Pro) provided, I mean that I was really SHOCKED and was blowed away by the astonishing quality of photos came out of it! After using for a while, even using Canon Photo Paper Plus(Glossy), it gives great photos which can be compared with professional photo processing. I personally think the photo quality actually is even better than some professional photo labs. The photos are very vivid in color and well-balanced in contrast, true boaderless print. All I can say is that if you need a photo printer, get this one and you never regret! “ – by Jason
Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic printer that can print web pages perfectly, too
“Regarding photos, the i860 is essentially a home-based photo lab. Using Canon glossy photo paper I obtains results indistinguishable from such labs. The colors are rich and even throughout the pictures printed. I have heard that other photo papers do not produce optimal results in Canon printers, so I rely on Canon papers to do the job.. For text, this printer does a very good job. I’ve never had any problems with the text quality of any of its printouts, and I examine the text carefully. Even if I wanted a printer primarily for text purposes, I would still buy this printer…” – by MCSD for Microsoft .Net
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Value
“I picked up this printer a few months ago, and it has exceeded my expectations. The photos that it has printed are fantastic. Honestly, it’s hard to tell the difference between pictures printed on this printer from those you get from a photo processor. The printing of normal documents, web pages, etc. is good, but not great (it’s a bubble jet printer, and the documents look like those that you typically get from a bubble jet).” – by K. Davis
Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome, except for ink messages
“This printer has reasonable software, the image quality is awesome, really amazing. The photos compared to my HP 812C are just amazing. Printing on the 4×6 paper it is finally indistinguishable from a real photo. IT is a bit loud, but I slowed it down using the software driver which made a huge difference. (night mode they call it?). Individual ink cartridges will save lots of cash. “ – by C. VanDoren
Rating: ★★★★★

Cleaning the i860 Printhead
“2 years and a super printer. Very fast and stunning photo quality! Thanks Amazon! The issue of the printhead clogging has an easy solution. 1st, remove all the ink and pull the printhead out. The carrier the ink sets in, not the entire unit, tilts forward and slides out. Soak the printhead for 24 hours in 2/3 cup ammonia and 2 cups warm water. Rinse with clear water and allow to air dry for an hour or so. Reassemble and run test prints. If you have banding or other problems with certain colors (probably photoblack), don’t worry…” – by C. Millsap
Rating: ★★★★★

Features & Specifications

Canon i860 Features

Outstanding Performance. High-Definition Photos.
Advanced features for professional-quality photos.

The feature-rich i860 Desktop Photo Printer offers the ultimate in versatility with high-definition photos and laser-sharp black text at unbelievable speeds. It achieves a maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 color dpi*, impressive speeds of up to 23 ppm in black**, up to 16 ppm in color**, and edge-to-edge borderless 4″ x 6″ photos in approximately 50 seconds**. Canon advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology™ uses a revolutionary nozzle system that ejects consistent prescribed-volume droplets as small as 2 picoliters, for nearly grain-free images. It features a symmetrical print head design that virtually eliminates color variance and banding problems typically found with conventional high speed printing. Canon launches the next evolutionary step in digital printing with the introduction of ContrastPLUS, an advanced 5 color ink system. Offering the best of both worlds, the i860 printer delivers exceptional black text quality with a pigment-based black ink. Plus, it provides true 4 color photo printing with a photo black ink for improved image contrast and overall photo sharpness.

Photo printing made easy.
With direct photo printing technology, you can print without a computer. Simply connect any Bubble Jet Direct or PictBridge-compatible digital camera or camcorder to the convenient front-panel Direct Print Port, and print! The i860 printer also enables you to print edge-to-edge true borderless photos in 4 x 6, 5 x 7 and 8.5 x 11 in. sizes effortlessly, with the look and feel of traditional photographs. The included 4″ x 6″ photo paper tray can be attached to the auto sheet feeder, so you’ll always have your choice of paper ready for printing.

Easy-PhotoPrint and Easy-WebPrint software.
The included Easy-PhotoPrint†† software, an Exif Print 2.2 compatible application, makes it simple to print stunning digital photos. It faithfully reproduces the colors digitally captured, while improving image quality by virtually eliminating “Photo Noise” and boosting color saturation with “Vivid Photo” driver enhancements. The result: more perfect-looking photos that you can’t wait to share. Easy-WebPrint†† software automatically analyzes and formats web pages so they’ll print with full color and without trimming off the right-hand margin.

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