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Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Dec 21, 2021 at 10:55 am
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 Picture
6.9
Family
5.6
Small/Home Office
6.6
Student
5.3
Black & White
8.9
Photo
Type Printer Only
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is a printer-only unit designed for professional photo printing. It produces very accurate-looking colors and very high-quality photos with an impressive color gamut. It can also print tabloid-size photos and banners. Although its page yields are only alright, the replacement ink is relatively inexpensive, so its cost-per-print is still decent. As it's a high-end professional printer, it comes with built-in maintenance features to help offset the risk of performance issues. On the downside, it has terrible print speeds, and it lacks a scanner of any sort.

Our Verdict

6.9 Family

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is an adequate family printer. Since it's designed for photo printing, it produces very high-quality photos with accurate-looking colors. It offers several built-in maintenance programs to offset the risk of clogged print heads, like deep print head cleaning and Canon's "Nozzle Recovery System." However, it lacks a scanner, and you can't print from an external storage device like a USB or SD card. Also, its black page yields aren't very high, and it takes well over a minute to print the first page of a document.

Pros
  • Excellent photo quality.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Offers great built-in maintenance programs.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black prints.
Cons
  • Extremely slow print speed.
  • No scanning features.
  • Can't print directly from a USB flash drive or SD card.
5.6 Small/Home Office

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is sub-par for home office use. It doesn't have a scanner, and it can't perform automatic duplex printing, so long documents will have to be manually flipped. Also, it takes over a minute to produce the first page of a document, and subsequent pages aren't much faster.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Offers great built-in maintenance programs.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black prints.
Cons
  • Extremely slow print speed.
  • No scanning features.
  • Can't print directly from a USB flash drive or SD card.
  • Poor black page yields.
6.6 Student

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is okay for student use. Its black page yield isn't very high, but since its ink is relatively cheap to replace, the cost-per-print remains decent. For photography or graphic design students, it has excellent color accuracy and produces outstanding photos. Unfortunately, it takes over a minute to produce the first page, and subsequent pages don't print much faster. It also lacks Bluetooth connectivity and a scanner for digitizing class notes or other documents.

Pros
  • Produces very accurate-looking colors.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black prints.
Cons
  • Extremely slow print speed.
  • No scanning features.
  • Can't print directly from a USB flash drive or SD card.
5.3 Black & White

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is inadequate for black and white printing as it's designed to produce photos. It has a poor black page yield and prints slowly, with the first page taking well over a minute to come out. That said, it does feel well-built, and its cost-per-print for black-only documents or monochrome prints is incredible.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Offers great built-in maintenance programs.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black prints.
Cons
  • Extremely slow print speed.
  • No scanning features.
  • Poor black page yields.
8.9 Photo

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is an excellent photo printer. It produces outstanding, high-quality photos with very clear details and accurate colors. Its impressive color gamut means it can accurately reproduce a wide range of shades and gradients without banding. Also, it can perform tabloid-sized printing, and its cost-per-print for monochrome or black-only prints is outstanding. Also, it offers several built-in maintenance programs, like deep print head cleaning and Canon's "Nozzle Recovery System," to offset the risk of performance issues. On the downside, its print speed is very slow, and it takes over two minutes for a photo to come out.

Pros
  • Excellent photo quality.
  • Produces very accurate-looking colors.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Offers great built-in maintenance programs.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black prints.
Cons
  • Extremely slow print speed.
  • No scanning features.
  • 6.9 Family
  • 5.6 Small/Home Office
  • 6.6 Student
  • 5.3 Black & White
  • 8.9 Photo
  1. Updated Sep 08, 2022: Added mention of the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 as an alternative with better page yields.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2022: We've raised the build quality score from 8.0 to 9.0 as it was scored too harshly compared to other printers.
  3. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Updated Jul 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  5. Updated May 16, 2022: Since this is a professional photo printer, picture quality matters a lot. We initially didn't go into much detail about how the images look, but we've added more text in the Photo Printing Quality box to give you a better idea of how this model prints.
  6. Updated Dec 21, 2021: Review published.
  7. Updated Dec 16, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Canon PRO-300's build quality in outstanding thanks to its solid-feeling plastic body. It has an output tray that feels sturdy even when fully extended. Though the printer needs to be on to change the ink cartridges, it offers easy access to them under the front panel. You can also easily access potential paper jams through the same panel. Additionally, the rollers in the rear paper trays are very easy to get to should you need to manually clean them. On the downside, it's a bit big and wide, but this isn't too severe of an issue as it can print large formats. It also doesn't have a dedicated paper tray, but instead, it has a top feeder tray and a manual feeder tray in the rear.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.7" (19.5 cm)
Width 25.2" (64.0 cm)
Depth 15.0" (38.0 cm)
Height When In Use
15.7" (40.0 cm)
Width When In Use
25.2" (64.0 cm)
Depth When In Use
33.5" (85.0 cm)
Weight
31.6 lbs (14.3 kg)

Although the Canon PRO-300 is a bit large when in use as you need to extend the top rear feeder out, it's relatively compact when it's folded, making it much easier to store.

7.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

Since this is an inkjet printer, there's a risk of clogging. However, there are built-in maintenance programs like print head cleaning and print head deep cleaning to offset the risk. Also, Canon advertises that there's an automatic "Nozzle Recovery System" that will automatically compensate and continue to print even if a clog is detected in one of the nozzles. The Canon PRO-300 printer also has programs to clean the rollers, align the print heads, and remove stains from the bottom plate.

8.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.9" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Canon PRO-300 has a very good display. Although it doesn't have a touchscreen, you can easily navigate through the menu using the button controls on the right-hand side.

6.0
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
9
Black Cartridge Model
PFI-300 MGK
Tested Black Page Yield
17 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
323 prints
Color Cartridge Model
PFI-300 PBK/GY/C/PC/Y/PM/R/CO/M
Tested Color Page Yield
20 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
425 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Not Found At Time Of The Review
Ink Type
Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
No

The Canon imagePROGRAF has an okay cartridge system. It has alright black and color page yields, though there are some big differences in yields across colors. For example, the yellow ink produced around 20 pages, while Cyan produced 81, meaning you'll likely have to replace the yellow cartridge sooner than others, especially if you print images that use that color more frequently. If you want a photo printer with better page yields, check out the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550.

The Canon has specialized cartridges for printing on photo paper that aren't used during print jobs on non-photo paper. There's also a specialized cartridge called the "Chroma Optimizer," which Canon claims coats and seals photos for improved longevity and shine.

0
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
No Scanner
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
N/A
Duplex Scanning
No
Max Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Max ADF Scan Size
No Scanner
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
N/A
Fax
No
Copy
No
OCR Included
No Scanner

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 doesn't have a scanner.

0
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
N/A
Max Scan Color Depth
N/A
Design
In The Box

  • User documentation
  • Set-up CD-ROM
  • Power cord
  • Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster (5 sheets)
  • CD label printing tray
  • PFI-300 ink cartridges:
    • 1x matte black
    • 1x photo black
    • 1x gray
    • 1x cyan
    • 1x photo cyan
    • 1x magenta
    • 1x photo magenta
    • 1x yellow
    • 1x red
    • 1x chroma optimizer

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
9.5
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
No
9.5
Document
Color Documents
7.2
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
12.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
116.91 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.040 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.275 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.731 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Canon imagePROGRAF has an overall decent cost-per-print. While its cost-per-print for black-only projects is outstanding, the cost-per-print for color documents is poor. While it's fairly expensive to replace all color cartridges at once, you can find individual color cartridges, so you'll only need to replace the cartridges as they run out, which might be easier on the wallet. At the time of writing, this printer isn't available for an automatic ink subscription.

1.5
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
1 PPM
Color Document
0.75 PPM
Photo Printing Time
134.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
71.0 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The Canon imagePROGRAF's print speed is terrible. It takes over a minute for the first page of a document to come out, and subsequent pages aren't any faster. Also, photos take well over two minutes to print.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") Yes
A6 (105mm x 148mm) No
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Max Paper Weight
350 g/m²

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 can print 11" x 17" tabloid-size documents and images. However, it can't print 2" x 3" photo sheets.

Photo
9.0
Photo
Color Gamut

The Canon PRO-300 has an impressive color gamut. It can accurately reproduce a wide variety of shades and gradients without banding. It can also produce a wide variety of greens, typically hard for most printers.

8.5
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
2.93

The Canon PRO-300 has excellent color accuracy. Most colors are extremely accurate and are good enough for professional image printing.

9.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
4800 x 2400
10
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Yes
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Yes
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Yes
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Yes
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") Yes
Borderless Printing
Yes
Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes
8.9
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android and iOS
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 works with the Canon Print App, meaning you can print, copy, scan, and order ink right from your device. You can also make minor edits to photos or disk labels using Canon Easy-Photo Print Editor.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

The Canon PRO-300 printer is compatible with all operating systems. You'll need to download and install drivers to use on Windows and macOS, but you won't need drivers to print with Chrome OS. These drivers are available on Canon's website.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 in black. There are no other variants. You can see the label of the unit we tested here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 printer is designed for professional photo printing purposes. Unlike some more compact offerings from the Canon PIXMA line, the PRO-300 can print at tabloid size, so it's a bit large for a printer-only unit. It has built-in features you won't find on lower-end, casual photo printers, like automatic skew detection, which will keep photos and documents from coming out on an angle, and what Canon advertises as a "Nozzle Recovery System," which allows the printer to keep printing even if a print head becomes clogged. It also comes with a proprietary "Chroma Optimizer" cartridge, which is supposed to enhance the shine and longevity of a print. Unfortunately, the printer has terrible print speeds and can take over two minutes to print a photo, and it lacks a scanner.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best 11x17" printers, and the best Canon printers.

Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550

The Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 are both excellent photo printers. The Canon prints higher-quality documents and photos with better color accuracy and finer details. However, the Epson is more versatile because it has a scanner, and its ink tank yields more prints, resulting in a significantly lower cost per print.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 are both inkjet printers, but they have different features. The PIXMA is an all-in-one unit with a scanner and automatic document feeder that performs well for home office use. It has slightly better color page yields, significantly faster print speeds, and a lower cost-per-print. On the other hand, the imagePROGRAF produces much higher quality photos, has a wider color range, and prints much more accurate-looking colors. Also, it can print tabloid-sized documents and photos.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 are inkjet printers with different features. The imagePROGRAF is designed for high-quality photo printing, producing much higher-quality photos with more accurate-looking colors. Also, it has a wider range of colors it can produce. On the other hand, the PIXMA has an overall cheaper cost-per-print and significantly better print speeds. Since it's meant to be a home office printer, it also has a high-resolution scanning bed with an automatic document feeder.

HP ENVY Photo 7855

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 are both inkjet printers designed for photo printing uses. However, the Canon performs much better. It produces higher-quality photos with no banding, and it can produce a wider range of colors much more accurately. The Canon has dedicated photo printing cartridges, while the HP only uses a single tri-color cartridge. On the other hand, the HP has significantly faster printing speeds, and it has a scanner with an automatic document feeder.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 and the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310 are both printer-only models that support up to 13" x 19" sheets. The Epson is a better printer for small or home offices thanks to its substantially faster printing speeds, allowing it to print even the longest documents without having to wait long. On the other hand, the Canon is far better for photo printing, as it produces much better-detailed photos and significantly more accurate colors, and its color gamut is far wider, able to precisely reproduce a greater number of colors. It also has a much better color page yield, allowing you to go longer periods without replacing the cartridges.

Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is a professional-grade photo printer with a 10-cartridge system, while the Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer is a compact, battery-powered photo printer that easily produces casual prints from your smartphone. The imagePROGRAF is far superior for photo printing, as it produces superbly detailed photos with no banding, amazingly accurate colors, and an outstanding color gamut. Also, it has significantly more connectivity options. On the other hand, the IVY performs much worse on paper, but the quality of its 2" x 3" prints and its method of use might appeal to people who want a simple-to-use photo printer that you can bring along on the go.

HP ENVY 6055e

The HP ENVY 6055e and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 are both inkjet printers designed for photo printing; however, the Canon performs better overall. The Canon has a lower cost-per-print and can print legal and tabloid-sized documents and images. Also, it produces much higher-quality photos with significantly more accurate-looking colors, and the range of colors it can print is much better. On the other hand, the HP has a flatbed scanner, and it has a much faster print speed.

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