Canon PIXMA iP4000 Photo Printer ReviewPosted on 2005-09-06 19:02:07 by LSDsmurf
This photo printer from canon spits out 25 pages per minute in black and 17 pages per minute in color. Four by six inch pictures are printing in approx. 36 seconds and this printer has a resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 dpi, 600 x 600 dpi black.
I recently purchased the Pixma iP4000 this May, after my S750 died out on me.
There were some things that I liked and disliked about this printer. When I bought this model, I overlooked the product description and failed to realize that the North American models of this printer did not have the CD-printing capability. Only Epson currently offers this feature.
The ink: to an extent, it is cost-efficient because the printer uses minimal ink to print your document. However, Canon introduced another ink tank: The 6e black ink. Personally, I think this is just a waste of money because who needs two ink tanks of the same tone? I called customer service to ask about this and they said that this new tank, supposedly when working in conjunction with the 3e black, will bring out the "true black" color in your documents. The 3e's black comes out on paper just fine. Another thing about the color ink. What's good about it is that you can see the level of your ink, so you can plan ahead on when to buy your next color. The con about individual tanks for each color is that they run out around the same time, so don't think you're really getting a "super deal" out of this. For example: if you're printing something that uses the color blue extensively, you should notice that magenta and yellow are also utilized when creating this color, not only cyan.
Another thing that I'm not so fond about the printer is that it's (Windows O/S) driver is 50mb. So if you're considering to purchase this printer, be sure that you're confident with your current disk space.
On with the pros:
You have two paper trays - the automatic sheet feeder (top) and the tray located at the bottom of your printer, which you may use for your regular printing. You may use them interchangeably with a push of a button. The printer also offers automatic duplex printing (which by the way does not work well when printing horizontally - landscape - because the other side is going to be up-side down, in this case...you should use the manual duplex feature). The auto duplex function is useful and a good way to save paper, but it slows the printer down significantly so it may be very frustrating when you are trying to do this in the middle of rushing for a deadline.
Like Canon's earlier models, the Pixma iP4000 has a "quiet mode," where your printer slows down its mechanisms while printing at certain time frame in which you set it at so you don't have to wake up anyone with the printer's noises. However, the printer already is relatively quiet without this feature, but it is nice to have nonetheless.
Another feature I like about this printer is its ability to print without a computer. There is a usb port under the cover where you can plug in your digital camera and print directly. Then again, this printer is quite heavy (11lb) and I doubt you'll want to consider it "portable."
Overall, I highly recommend this printer for its flexibility and features.