The Canon Pixma Pro 9500 Mark II is a dedicated photo printer that offers professional-looking printing capabilities and is also fast too. It has ten dedicated ink cartridges to allow for economical printing and the best quality possible.
While we don't review professional products on TechReviewSource, the Canon Pixma Pro 9500 Mark II may also be used in a consumer or home photographer setting. In total, the printer measures 7.5 x 26 x 14-inches, which is quite large and requires some space on a desk. Paper is fed into the printer either in the front or back, depending on the weight of the paper you're using.
Connecting the printer is easy as it only supports USB-printing. It works with Windows 7, Vista, XP and Mac OS X too. Setup includes installing the ten individual ink cartridges - cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow, green, red, black, photo black and gray. These separate inks allow for more accurate photo printing and even black & white printing thanks to the gray cartridge. It also makes things more economical, but allowing you to replace only the empty color instead of replacing them all and wasting left-over ink. However, the ink cartridges do cost a little on the high side compared to other models.
The Canon Pixma Pro 9500 Mark II accepts paper as large as 13 x 19-inches and paper that varies in weight. More heavy paper, like card stock, can be fed into the printer through the back instead of the front so it doesn't have to bend.
Printing speed with the 9500 Mark II is decently fast and about average compared with other similar dedicated photo printers. It definitely isn't as fast as most consumer inkjets, but for a more professional photo printer you'd expect it to take a little longer.
Quality of photo printers is excellent, especially for larger prints, which professionals will appreciate. Smaller 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 prints also looked good in subjective testing. Text quality is also good, which is nice if you want to use this printer for some light printing, but its real strengths lie in photo printing.
The 9500 Mark II also supports printing directly from digital cameras, however, we do wish there was duplexing for double-sized printing.