Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Canon Pixma iP4000


The Canon Pixma iP4000 is clearly optimized for photo printing. The ink system consists of five colors, including Yellow, Cyan, Magenta and Black (dye-based) and Black (pigment-based). The dye-based version of the black color helps to create better quality photo printouts.

What's also wonderful about the iP4000 is that each of the five ink tanks are individually replaceable. Compared to some other printers, this saves you money because you don't have to throw the whole cartridge away when only one of the colors has been used up.

The Canon Pixma iP4000 printer is a fairly compact and lightweight printer, measuring 16 X 11 X 7 inches. The design is very very stylish, with a blue-gray and silver finish. Given its size, you should have no problems fitting it into your existing workspace.

The Pixma iP4000 has a built-in duplexer, which means you can print on both sides of the paper. This will cut down your paper wastage and also allow you to print out interesting greeting cards, newsletters or catalogs.

I tried printing out a couple of 4X6 borderless photos to check the print of the iP4000. The speed of printing was pretty good - it took only about 1 minute and 5 seconds for a 4X6 photo to come out. The colors on the photos were faithfully reproduced by the iP4000 - practically indiscernible from one developed from a photo printing kiosk.

Perhaps the only thing I dislike about the Canon Pixma iP4000 is that it is slightly slow to commence a print job. After you submit a print job, there's quite a bit of ink cartridge movement back and forth and you hear the sound of machinery moving about. The printer prints quickly, but it thinks about printing for a while. Of course, to be fair, this is a phenomenon found in all inkjet printers, as the inkjet head needs to prep up before starting the print. The printer comes with great connectivity options. There's a standard USB 1.1 port and a parallel port for connection to your computer. Plus, there's a second USB connector in front of the printer for printing from a PictBridge compliant camera. PictBridge is an industry standard that allows images to be printed directly from any digital camera or camcorder, regardless of brand name, without the need for a computer.

The Canon Pixma iP4000 has two possible paper loading options. One is a top-mounted auto sheet loader, whilst the other is an internal cassette in the bottom. Each paper trays can support up to 150 sheets of letter-size plain paper, as well as 4x6 photo paper, 5x7 photo paper, letter-size photo paper and #10 envelopes.


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