However, the performance gaps between dye inks and pigment inks aren't as marked today as they were even a couple of years ago. Like other high-end pigment inkjet printers, the Pro-10 applies a clear coating with a "chrome optimizer" that is supposed to minimize glare and maximize color vibrancy. The Pro-10's automatic print head cleaning routine helps prevent nozzle clogs. And while cheap dye inks do still fade fairly quickly, good inks like those used in the Pro-100 are now expected to hold their color for a century or more; so the fact that the pigment inks used by the Pro-10 are expected to last even longer seems a bit less compelling, especially if you're not shipping your prints directly to the National Archive.
The choice is not an easy one. The Pixma Pro-10 costs more than the Pixma Pro-100 initially, and will continue to cost more with each print you make. And in most of my test prints, I found it hard to tell the difference between the Pro-10's prints and the Pro-100's. On the other hand, while the Pro-10 initially lists for about twice the cost of the Pro-100, we're still only talking about a few hundred dollars — about the cost of two complete ink cartridge replacements. Amortize that difference over the 100-plus year life of a print, and, well, what kind of cheapskate are you?
If you're on a tight budget, get the superb Pro-100 and be happy. But if you can afford it, I'd definitely say, go for the super superb Pro-10. It might be a little too much of a good thing. But as the late, great Mae West quipped, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."
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