If you're serious about photography, or at least semiserious, you probably love turning your pictures into prints. Sure, your average inkjet can do that, but not with pro-level results, and probably not any larger than 8.5 x 11 inches.
No, to get bigger, better output, you need a bigger, better printer. Like this one: For a limited time, Adorama has the Canon Pixma Pro-100 wide-format printer with photo paper for $99 shipped. That's after redeeming a $300(!) mail-in rebate (PDF).
Yep, you're reading that right: This printer normally sells for $399. (Seriously, check Amazon.) And the free bundled pack of 13 x 19 photo paper would normally set you back another $48. If you don't mind paying the $399 up front and waiting 60 days for rebate processing, you're looking at an outright steal. (FYI, the rebate comes in the form of an American Express reward card.)
True to its name, the Pixma Pro-100 is considered a pro-level printer, able to crank out gallery-quality photos as large as 13 x 19 inches. It does this using an eight-tank(!) ink system, so do investigate and keep in mind your future ink costs.
The printer supports USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi connectivity, with AirPrint baked in for iOS users. It offers a maximum print resolution of 4,800 x 2,400 and can produce borderless photos.
CNET hasn't reviewed this model, but over 100 Amazon customers rated it 4.2 stars out of 5, and this PC Mag review pegs it right about the same. I think for the money, it's impossible to beat.
Thanks to reader Marc for sharing this deal!
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