When we had the 1000i we used clear for logo overlays as security feature. Don't try to do clear on dark colors, it doesn't even show. I will say the Ricoh C7210 clear stands out more than Xerox. Plus the colors are ALOT cheaper than what Xerox raped us for. I got 5 special Ricoh colors for less than 1 from Xerox.I had them run a sample business card today with "thermography" and you are correct - it left a lot to be desired. I really am impressed with the silver and gold though - really looks metallic / shimmery. We saw a sample using clear and I wasn't blown away, maybe because it was done on a coated stock and I felt like you could hardly tell it was there. What have you found to be the best use of clear?