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Mitsubishi CP9800DW - What we Think!
Our unbiased views on the Mitsubishi CP9800DW Printer. We tell you what we think, not what the manufacturer wants you to know.

What we Think: All Printers, Hi-Ti 730 Series, Mitsubishi CP3800DW, Mitsubishi CP9550DW/DW-S, Mitsubishi CP9600DW/DW-S, Mitsubishi CP9800DW, Mitsubishi CP3020DE/DAE, Citizen CW-01, Kodak 1400, Kodak 6850, Kodak 9810

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Mitsubishi CP9800DW Photo PrinterAt System Insight we are impartial when it comes to advice on which product to buy. We would never consider selling anything that we didn't consider to be a good product. Our aim is to help you acquire the product that is right for you.

By giving you a complete overview of this printer, it will help you make the decision as to which printer or printers are suited to your specific requirements. Please feel free to contact us for more information or photo samples to help you decide.

Don't forget to checkout our conclusion at the bottom of this page!

Overview of the CP9800DW
The Mitsubishi CP9800DW is basicaly a CP9550DW with increased speed. It doesn't replace the CP9550 or CP9600, but just gives a faster high quality output.

Print Size & Media Options
Print Size is determined by the media used in the Printer and one of the main advantages of this printer is that you don't need to change the media very often. With 6x4 media you can print 600 images per roll; 7x5 is 350 and a 8x6/9x6 media pack will print 270 photos. Media kits contain ribbon and paper roll and changing of sizes from 6x4 to 7x5 or 8x6 & 9x6 is accomplished in just a few minutes. You can also print two 6x4 images on an 8x6 image sheet for increased flexibility and a 7x5 images could be printed on larger sizes; although manual trimming would be required. Ribbon & Paper Consumables

Print Speed
Print Speed is determined by the media size used and the quality of images printed, but it is safe to say that the unit is fast! The CP-9800DW can produce 100 prints in just 15 minutes at a consistent printing speed. A 4 x 6 can be printed in 8.7 seconds and a 9 x 6 in is little as 19 seconds!

When analizing print speed, it is worth noting that some manufacturers do not take into account cooling time! So, when used for high volume extended operation, a printer quoting a print speed of 30 seconds per print maybe slower in the long run than one taking 40 seconds a print, especially if the printer needs to cool down at regular intervals to keep functioning!

Print Quality
Even though it is faster, print quality is every bit as good the CP9550, which itself is excellent! Although it would be wrong to say that you can't notice the difference between the two, not many customers would see the difference; although a discerning photographer would notice it.

However, high-grade media will soon be made available for this printer giving more vivid images, deeper black tones and smear-free gradation with every print. Please call us to find out when the high-grade media will be available.

Like the CP9550, the CP9800 will operate between 120v-240v supply and can also be run from an inverter if being used away from mains power in a car or caravan etc. Contact us for more details. Some people may find the unit slightly noisy whilst printing and whilst this is not a major problem, you may wish to site the unit somewhere with this in mind.

Simple - None required! Just keep changing the ribbon and paper roll when they are exhausted.

Both Windows & Mac Compatible.

What we like about the CP9800
Superb Quality and like the CP9550 it is a very nice printer; it looks & feels very well made indeed. It produces superb quality images fast, that are as good as the CP9550DW on standard grade media. We believe the higher speed of the CP9800 would make it an ideal event photographer's printer.

What we don't like about the CP9800
At 21kgs it is a few kilos heavier than a CP9550, but still suitable for event work when you consider that most competitor's printers currently on the market are 25kgs or over!

Note: We are currently investigating the future availability of a photo output tray!

Other Considerations
Being slightly lower in cost the CP9550DW will still be the event photographers choice in the studio and the CP9800 won't change that unless a faster print-speed is required.

At a Glance - Our Conclusion based on our Experience



Good Reliability - Based on the CP9550DW Series


Well Built - Originally designed for Kiosk Use


Highest Resolution Dye Sub Printer


No Known Design Faults or Problems


Weight: Only 21kg. Others Manufacturers are 25kgs or over!


Lightweight Flightcase available for easy transportation


Apple Mac Compatible OSX 10.4 and above,


Uses Standard Common Mitsubishi Media (High Grade media available soon - CALL)


Ideally a Studio Printer rather than an Event Printer due to price.


Not as fast as other printers making it an ideal studio based printer.


Good Idea

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