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A Review of the Canon Pixma iP4700

When it comes to Canon printers, or any other printers, it can be difficult to know which to choose. Some are inexpensive, but no less reliable than the most costly models; others are both inexpensive and cheap. There are models that are expensive but worth the money, while others will continue to rack up costs in repairs and ink replacement. The Canon Pixma iP4700 has received mixed reviews, but still comes recommended for the right buyer.

This printer can be found priced around eighty dollars before tax, which seems a small price tag for the many strengths it boasts. These include the very impressive 9600 x 2400 color dpi quality, and highly competitive print speeds. For black and white images, this printer can output pages at a rate of 9.2 inches per minute and only loses a small amount of speed with the introduction of color- 8.1 inches per minute. If that is not enough to brag about when it comes to speed, this little beauty can even produce high resolution 4 x 6" photographs in a mere 20 seconds. The same photo quality extends to images up to 8.5 x 11" in size. Furthermore, you can perform two-sided printing automatically, without the hassle of determining which way to feed the paper in order to print on the backside. All of these assets come wrapped in a small package, which is only seventeen inches wide and weighs less than twelve and a half pounds. Need more enticing? For those with a baker's touch, this high-tech gadget is also compatible with edible inks and papers that are used to give your tasty treats a personal flair. This technique is not only for the highly experienced chef. It has also proven very effective for business promotion in the form of edible promotions and business cards.

However, despite its impressive capabilities, this printer has received poor reviews for its ink usage. Replacing ink is never an inexpensive venture, regardless of the printer you own, but the Canon Pixma iP4700 is in a different league than many printers in the same price range. The superior print quality is a result of a five cartridge system. These cartridges cost in the neighborhood of thirteen dollars each, which means changing all five- at sixty-five dollars- is an expensive venture, especially if it needs to be done often, which many complain is the case. An even harder hit to the wallet comes if this printer is used for eateries. Edible inks will cost closer to eighteen dollars per cartridge, or a total of ninety dollars for the whole set. On top of this, some who have used the printer have been slightly disappointed with the actual print speed versus the manufacturer stated speed. However, those speeds given above represent the fastest printer settings and it should be expected that manufacturers would want to brag their best speeds, not those of the highest quality printing. Either way, the speed of this printer, even at its slowest, are still impressive.

Although the accumulating expenses may become cumbersome, the initial price is not nearly as high as many of the printers that would compete, and this remains a good choice for those who value superior photo resolution, or for those who wish to personalize their baked goods. The question is, is the expense worth the results? For many, it would be.

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