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.
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.
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is a poor printer 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.
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is a passable student printer. 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.
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is a poor printer 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.
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is an impressive 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.
The Canon PRO-300 has a very good build quality 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.
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.
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.
The Canon PRO-300 has a very good display screen. Although it doesn't have a touchscreen, you can easily navigate through the menu using the button controls on the right-hand side.
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.
It 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.
The Canon PRO-300 can print 11" x 17" tabloid-size documents and images. However, it can't print 2" x 3" photo sheets.
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.
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.
The Canon PRO-300 doesn't require color ink to print in black and white. However, if, for example, your cyan cartridge is empty, you must deactivate the "Ink Out Notification" for that cartridge until you replace it with a new one. You can disable the notification through a pop-up alert on your computer, or on the printer itself by pressing the "Stop" button for five seconds and releasing it. Canon advises that disabling this notification may cause problems like ink mixing or printing malfunction.
The Canon PRO-300 produces outstanding photos, as you would expect from a dedicated photo printer. As seen in the color gamut test, it can print a wide range of colors. The leaves of the trees in the foreground are distinct from those in the background, and flower stems and leaves also have multiple tones to them instead of being printed as a single green color. The colors transition seamlessly, like in the photo of the sunset and the photo of the arch, and there's no halo or banding that's sometimes seen in photos printed by other models, like on the HP ENVY Inspire 7955e.
However, there are some lighter noise areas, like some skin tones or light-colored shirts (like in the photo of the three people), but it isn't noticeable unless you look closely. The printer struggles a little with dark contrasts. For example, it's hard to tell where the CD player ends and its shadow begins in the top right photo. Colors are a bit less saturated than they should be, as the strawberries' highlights look a bit closer to orange than light pink, and the blue reflections in the bottom right photo look a bit grayer than they should. Overall, these flaws are only noticeable if you're looking out for them; otherwise, if you just want to print out nice pictures, whether for school, home, or work, you'll be satisfied with how they look.
The Canon PRO-300 has excellent color accuracy. Most colors are extremely accurate and are good enough for professional image printing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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