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Canon PIXMA  ReviewCanon IP4500 Printer 

Reviewer: Tim Benson 
Printer Type: Photo, Inkjet            
Overall Rating: 4/5         

The first thing about the Canon PIXMA IP 4500 that surprised me was the speed. It leaves other printers in its class for dead. I would go as far to say that it is up there with bottom end laser printers. The IP4500 throws out an average of 12ppm of text and prints complex graphics at speeds from 3ppm to 3.7ppm.

The overall text quality was very crisp and rich, though it lost some smoothness when it came to the more complicated fonts – though this was quite minor.

When it came to graphics all colours looked quite natural, with the exception of flesh tones which suffered slightly and appeared to have a slight yellowish tinge to them.

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When loading the ink cartridge’s the LED gives the user a red confirmation signal, which confirms the cartridge is loaded correctly. This was some what confusing at first, but gets the message across.

The black ink will set you back on average 3 cents per page; this will print 5480 pages using plain text. Colour pages will cost you 8.5 cents. The Pixma IP4500 can print on both sides of the page automatically from either input tray, a great feature for a low priced printer.

The glossy black exterior gives the IP4500 a grand and stylish look. With the push of a button, the door flaps open to reveal the top input and front output trays. A second input tray hides underneath the main body; this is typically loaded with glossy photo sheets.

Canons bundled software which is loaded when you install the printer includes; Easy photo-print EX for editing, organising and printing photos. The other software which is included is the Labelling applet. The labelling software is designed to handle direct printing on CDs and DVDs, and a disc tray is provided with the printer. This slots in behind a fold-down flap, once you've folded down the paper output tray from the printer's front panel.

Overall the canon PIXMA IP4500 offers great value for money delivering fast and sharp print quality. If you’re on a budget and need to print great quality photos and graphics without compromising on speed this would be an ideal choice.

If you are considering getting a low-end laser printer the Canon PIXMA IP4500 will do the same job for a much better price.

Canon IP4500 Specifications

Printer Quality: Printer Type:Photo printer
Printer Technology:Ink-jetBlack
Print Speed:31 ppmColor Print speed:24 ppmBlack
Horizontal Resolution:600 dpiBlack
Vertical Resolution:600 dpiColor
Horizontal Resolution:9600 dpiColor
Vertical Resolution:2400
dpiMax Resolution BW:600 dpi x 600
dpiMax Resolution Color:9600 dpi x 2400 dpi

Paper Handling Support: Envelopes, Plain paper, Iron-on transfers, Photo paper, Photo stickers, Glossy photo paper, Matte photo paper, High resolution paper, Semi-gloss paper, DVD discs, CD discsMax Media Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000, Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 - 10.4, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP

Weight: 10.8 lbs.

Warranty Information: Base Warranty:1 year warranty

General Info: Envelope Sizes:International DL, Com-10Energy
Certification:Energy Star
Also known as:Canon PIXMA iP4500, Canon iP4500, Canon 2171B002
Canon PIXMAManufacturer Part No.:2171B002

Dimension: 5.7 in. x 17.2 in. x 11.9 in

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