The PRO-1000 features a 17-inch print width and a new print head, inkset and imaging processing engine. It’s a successor to the Pixma Pro-1.
First, the print head. It’s 50 percent larger than the Pixma Pro-1, with more nozzles too (18,432 for each of the 12 channels.) Canon says the larger heads boost print speeds while maintaining high resolutions. The head also uses a real-time ink ejection system which helps to maintain a consistent print head temperature to limit clogging. The PRO-1000 will also better cope with ink clogs when they do happen thanks to a built-in sensor that checks for clogs and then automatically boosts the pressure on the remaining nozzles to maintain print quality and speed. When the print is finished, the print head will clear the clog.
The PRO-1000 accepts the new LUCIA PRO 11-color pigmented ink system with a Chroma Optimizer that delivers a 19 percent larger color gamut than the Pro-1. The inks deliver an L value of 1.5, according to Canon, and will be sold in 80ml tanks. There’s automatic switching between photo and matte black inks.
The printer features a two-way vacuum paper feeder to keep media flat and even. It accepts cut sheet media up to 17 x 22 inches and fine art media up to 0.7mm thick. There’s also a built-in densitometer for calibration. According to Canon, the calibration is sensitive enough to ensure color consistency between two PRO-1000 models of under a Delta E of 2 when printing on Canon media.
Among the new software available for the printer is an Accounting Manager, which helps users keep track of consumable costs such as ink and media. Users can manually enter the cost of ink and paper to determine print margins and analyze print-related expenditures. Canon says the program won’t actually be ready to ship with the printer, but will be available in Q1, 2016.
Rounding out the feature set, you’ll enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity and Apple AirPrint compatibility.
The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 ships at the end of the month for $1,300 and is available for pre-order now. The 80ml ink cartridges cost $60 while the Chroma Optimizer will set you back $55.
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