- Feb 4, 2014
- Reaction score
- Printer Model
- PRO-10, Pro9500II, MAXIFY 5350
The printers from the PGI-5/CLI-8 and BCI-3/6 generation are indeed sturdy (my workhorse is a MX7600 pigment with the same design).With a little luck you might even find one of the better PGI-5/CLI-8 printers in a thrift store or similar. In my opinion those printers were the best Canon ever made for small office/home use. Here is combination of service test prints from my best dumpster find:
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But continue searching for anything older than PGI-x50/CLI-x51 printers. This x50/x51 generation of printers is flimsy and noisy, I salvaged and cleaned a MG5550 and I was really disappointed even if a few regular nozzle cleanings gave a perfect nozzle check:
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I'll write about my opinion of this printer in a new thread. I don't understand why Canon put such a nice print head with a lot of nozzles into such an inferior plastic thing!
But for none of these printers you still can buy a new printhead, you have to search a replacement printer second hand.
Since you may assume an older printhead (some are 10 yrs old) has only a part of the expectable life left, 1/3 of the price of a new printhead is IMO the maximum you can pay.
Sadly enough prices are too high now (€75 for an IP5200R ).
Consider also these venerable machines have no wifi, and are not supported in Windows 10.
All of my 525/526 do, the MG8250 even has cloud connection (also a CIS film scanner), and this generation still has a cassette and a rear tray (disappeared since 550/551).
Indeed, the printhead glides along a piece of steel i.o. a solid round tube, but the print quality did not suffer IMO.
The cartridges are small, but I seldom print large quantities in a row.
So, since I have a stock of 525/526 printers (3 types even share the same printhead), cartridges, ink and resetter, it is not interesting for me to invest in older printers.
I still may find a 525/526 bargain, but otherwise it is cheaper to buy a new printhead.
Same for my PGI-9 pigment line (PRO9500's and MX7600).
And since there are already ARC chips for the 570/571, why worry, there will always be a refillable printer.