Convenient USB connectivity; PC and Mac compatible
I did a lot of research on printers and decided to wait for the Canon S900 to come out. It was definitely worth it...compared to other ink-jet printers, you are gaining in speed and quality, which is really what it all comes down to with a printer.
The printer comes nicely packed with a quick-start guide and CD right inside the top of the box. The 6 ink cartridges are also tucked in, three on each side. I ordered backup ink cartridges as well. Ordering the ink cartridges without actually having seen the printer or what cartridges it takes was a bit of a risk, especially when the cartridges were shipped ahead of the printer and were labeled for the Canon S800. But they are fine. Look for the BCI-6xx model numbers and you will be fine.
Also, be sure to order a USB A-B type cable as the printer does not come with one. These are very cheap, but if you get the printer and don't have a cable, it will make for a disappointing evening when you can't set it up.
Setup was a breeze. The print quality is outstanding, and the printer is very quiet. I do a lot of graphics and text printing and it is amazingly fast and the the text is clear. I would recommend getting some good paper, though, as regular xerox machine type paper will not do this printer justice. I could notice a clear difference in text output.
The six different ink cartridges could be viewed by some to be a downfall, but I would rather replace one $10 color when needed than have to replace all of the colors at once like in other brands.
In summary, this is outstanding printer, and if you can afford it, you will not be disappointed. Coupled with a good digital camera, you will never need to get film developed again!
For the economizing geek in you
Ink is where you make (or lose) your money with a printer and with Canon, you can't go wrong. According to CNET, you're looking at only 5 cents B&W text, 37 cents 4x6 photo, averaged out. Why? There are six replaceable cartridges. You only replace the color you need, rather than some generic color cartridge with residual red, yellow, or blue still in the tank. Zero waste. BTW, all cartridges are priced the some, so there's no benefit to hitting that "grayscale" option unless you're out of color cartridges.
Is it really zero waste? Oh yes, my friend. True story. I'm printing off some long administrivia document I needed for work. The little icon has been messaging me "low on black" for quite a few pages now. Finally, it tells me I'm out. I'm thinking that I will decide when I'm out and wait for a faded page of text. It won't let me print! I pop the cover and sure enough...black is bone dry. Amazing. The last page before it went dry was perfect. Yes, the geek in me was quite happy with this.
Of course, I'd been happy since day one thanks to the excellent quality of b&w, colors, photos, blah blah. It cuts the mustard.
Coolest thing is online monitoring (through the control panel) of ink tank levels. Yes, very cool. When you see a tank getting down to half or so, time to get on Amazon. Unless you need Yellow, that is. For some reason, this is the only cartridge not stocked by Amazon.
Back to the economic aspect, the S900 does seem pricey compared to printers of similar capabilites. If you plan to print a lot of digital photos, though, YOU NEED TO CONSIDER the price of ink per 4x6 photo over the various manufacturers. As of three months ago, Canon was the best buy in this area.
EXCELLENT PRINTER!! IT'S A BIT COSTLY, IT'S BULKY. BUT IT SURE IS THE BEST PRINTER IN THIS PRICE RANGE. I OWN 4 PRINTERS SO FAR (AT HOME AND IN THE OFFICE). THEY ARE HP 960CXI, EPSON C80, HP 932C, AND THIS - NEW S900.
I GOT MINE LAST WEEK AND I AM SUPRISED THAT IT'S 100% MADE IN JAPAN, EVEN THE MANUAL, BOX, PRINT HEADS, INKS... NONE OF MY OTHER PRINTERS ARE.
THE INSTALLATION TIME OF SOFTWARE IS LESS THAN YOU OPEN THE BOX AND ASSEMBLE THE PRINTER. THE PRINTER IS WELL WRAPPED WITH MASKING TAPE ALL OVER IT (I AM NOT COMPLAINING, BUT IT REALLY TOOK ME SOME TIME TO PEEL THEM OFF). THEN YOU HAVE TO OEN THE NEW PRINT HEAD, AND INK. EACH INK IS INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED, YOU NEED TO UNWRAP EACH INK, REMOVE INK CAP AND INSTALL IT CAREFULLY TO THE PRINT HEAD. YOU HAVE TO REPEAT THIS PROCEDURE FOR 6 TIMES! BUT YOU WILL FEEL WORTH IT AFTER YOU SEE THE PRINT RESULT.
I AM USING WIN XP AND NEED TO DOWNLOAD A UPDATED DRIVER + SOFTWARE FROM CANON.COM. THE INSTALLATION IS FULLY AUTOMATIC. THEN IT'S - SHOW TIME.
I WISH I CAN POST PICTURES FOR COMPARISION. I PRINTED A SAME PICTURE BY USING 4 DIFFERENT PRINTERS. FIRST YOU WILL AMAZED BY THE SPEED OF S900, IT LIKES IT'S PRINTING TEXT OR DOCUMENTS, BUT ACTUALLY A PHOTO. IT TAKES APPROX. 35 SECS TO PRINT A HIGH RESOLUTION 2400 X 1200 ON 8" X 10" GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER. WHEN OTHER PRINTERS WERE STILL PRINTING, I AM AMAZED BY THE DETAILS ON THE PHOTO CREATED BY THIS PRINTER WHICH I NEVER NOTICED BEFORE.
OF COURSE, NOTHING IS PERFECT. THE PRINTER NEEDS TO WARMUP A LITTLE LONGER THAN OTHER PRINTERS BEFORE PRINTING. BUT IT ONLY OCCURS WHEN STARTUPS.
ANYWAY, I HIGHLY RECOMMAND THIS PRINTER TO PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO SPEND [money] FOR A GREAT PHOTO PRINTER.