From its appearance, it is obvious that the Canon Pixma Pro-1 is aimed for people who need to do professional photo printing at home, rather than those who occasionally print ordinary 4” x 6” photos. The first thing you will notice when unpacking the Pro-1 is its size, weight, and solid construction. Measuring 695 x 462 x 239 mm (18.2 x 27.4 x 9.5 in) with all its doors closed and weighing approximately 27.7 kg (61 lb), the Pro-1 is very large and hefty for a desktop printer. Its footprint is larger than that of the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 and almost as large as that of the A2+ format Epson Stylus Pro 3880.
The Canon Pixma Pro-1’s weight comes from its solid metal chassis, which is designed to make it endure long-term use. And thanks to its solid construction, the Pro-1 works silently and doesn’t wobble as it prints. Despite being large and hefty, the Canon Pixma Pro-1 has a sleek and minimalist design. You will only find three buttons on its plastic exterior, which include a power button, a resume/cancel button, and an ink compartment button to open the drawers where you can install the inks. The Pro-1’s front cover also functions as an output tray when opened. Behind the front cover you will find a CD printing slot.
The Canon Pixma Pro-1 provides two paper trays, one usual Canon paper tray on the top side of the printer and a manual feed tray on the back side of the printer for loading thicker papers. The manual feed tray can be used to load paper up to 14-inch wide. This might be one of the reasons for the Pro-1’s large dimensions. On the back side of the Pro-1, you will find a USB 2.0 port, an Ethernet port, and a PictBridge port that allows you to print directly from a PictBridge compatible digital camera.
The Canon Pixma Pro-1’s ink tanks are separated from the print head. Instead of being on top of the print head, the ink tanks are housed in the left and right side of the printer. This is a system commonly used in large format printers that reduces the weight on the print head and thereby increases the print speed. This is also the reason why the Pro-1 is able to use ink tanks with a larger-than-usual capacity of 36 ml each. The 12 ink tanks consist of matte black, photo black, cyan, magenta, yellow, photo cyan, photo magenta, red, dark grey, light grey, grey, and a chroma optimizer which is used to produce glossier prints.