Once you connect the Pro-1000 to a computer, working with the printer itself is a simple matter of navigating its pared-down menu options. Unlike some inkjets that bury important functionality within hard-to-find submenus, the Pro-1000 makes essential actions like head-cleaning and color-calibration easy to perform. When working with various paper surfaces and weights, the Canon helpfully alerts users to which of the printer’s feeds should accept the paper. What’s more, selecting a paper type is a breeze compared with Epson’s rather presumptuous system that involves the printer first trying to guess the surface of paper being fed into it. The Pro-1000’s paper selection process has the added advantage of also relying less on proprietary paper types and naming conventions. In fact, Canon specifically designed the printer to easily accommodate papers from a variety of manufacturers, though Canon surely would prefer that users buy its house brand. (We tested the printer’s performance on several surfaces and sizes of Canon paper.)
For our print speed tests of the Pro-1000, we connected the printer via a USB 2.0 cable to a 3 GHz Intel Core i3 Apple iMac with 4 GB of RAM and clocked printing times on three standard sizes of Canon’s Plus Semi-Gloss paper. Using Adobe Photoshop CS6, we printed bordered and borderless images at 8.5x11, 13x19 and 17x22 inches on the Pro-1000’s Best (highest-resolution) setting. While we were not unhappy with the speeds at these sizes, they differed substantially from Canon’s stated print times for Canon Pro Luster paper, which we found to be not entirely unlike its Plus Semi-Gloss: Canon lists only that the Pro-1000 can produce a 13x19-inch print in 2.5 minutes and a 17x22 in just over 4 minutes. While this may be true, it may only be possible using the printer’s lower resolution settings. When set to Best mode, we found that the new Canon took just under 6 minutes to yield a 13x19 print and between 7.5 and 8.5 minutes for a 17x22-inch print on average. See the table WHERE for more speed test results.