The S6300 is no slouch, outputting Macworld’s print-test image at its top-resolution (2,400-x-1,200 pixels) in just under 3 minutes 30 seconds, which makes it the fastest A3 inkjet we’ve tested. The S6300, as well as being a larger format, offers a number of technology enhancements. One is Photo Optimizer Pro, an image-correction feature that analyses hue and brightness, and automatically corrects parameters such as colour, exposure and saturation to produce optimized prints. If our test-output is anything to go by, then it works – and with a minimum of fuss. Unless you’re a workflow colour-management expert, complicated print interfaces – such as Epson’s – can be more trouble than they’re worth. Canon’s is simplicity itself, offering three quality-options: Text, Graphics and Photo. There is also a manual option for the pros. The test image was output on photo-quality glossy paper and the results were both colour-accurate and photo-quality. To view and download this image, go to www.macworld.co.uk/testcentre. Canon claims that its Microfine Droplet Technology “delivers exceptional photo- quality printouts as standard across all types of papers”. Most people don’t care why printers work, only that they do – and I can report that the 6300 performed admirably across the board, from A3 full-bleed images on glossy photo-paper, down to 8pt-text documents on crappy old photocopying stock. Canon’s Single Ink technology means each colour is self-contained and can be replaced independently of the others, offering considerable savings. The S6300’s black cartridge costs £8.99 to replace, while the colour ones are £6.99. Compare this to the Epson Stylus Photo 1290 A3 inkjet, whose black cartridge is £17 and its all-in-one colour cartridge £19. And remember, with the all-in-one colour approach, when one of the colours is empty – yet the others still full – all have to be replaced.
The S6300 is a no-nonsense, high-quality A3 inkjet that does everything asked of it to a high standard. Its format also makes it a flexible solution for graphics pros who work with a variety of media. Although no beauty on the outside, beauty is only plastic deep. Mac OS X users will be pleased to know there’s an S 6300 X-driver on Canon’s UK Web site.
This review appeared in the Expo 2001 issue