The software is no con - at least, not according to the various PC mags that have tested it. Many prints are produced to a higher standard than is necessary to please the eye, but it depends upon conditions. If you print a photo to a very small size you could probably reduce the ink used by a high degree and see no appreciable difference, but if you blow it up to A4 size you'd be hugely disapointed! So under many conditions you can reduce the ink laid down on the paper and not notice the difference, and that's what the software does. Some printer drivers already have that feature built-in. My HP software has 3 print quality settings plus ink density settings, too. Some laser print drivers have a similar range of settings. You have to delve a little deeper into the software to find them, is all. Cheers. LC.