At first glance Canon's Pixma iP 8500 looks suspiciously like the iP 5000,
which we reviewed back in December 2004. So what extras does the Pixma
iP 8500 have over its stable mate, which justify the extra £100? There's
just one; a unique eight-colour print system.
This involves a wide, lifetime print head and eight ink tanks, adding
photo magenta, photo cyan, red and green to the standard cyan, magenta,
yellow and black (CMYK). The print heads use Canon's Full-
photolithographic Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology and deliver
two picolitre drops at a very fine resolution of 2,400 by 4,800dpi.