The Bottom Line
- Great for photos
- Built-in duplex printing
- Big for a photo printer
- Not very competitive with all-in-ones
- Color inkjet photo printer
- Five ink tanks
- Software compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP/2000, and Mac OS X v.10.3.9 to 10.5.x6
- 11.7"(W) x17.0"(D) x 6.0"(H), 12.4 lbs
Guide Review - Canon Pixma iP4600 Photo Printer
Warming up this printer took a bit of time, though once warm it printed quickly with a large PDF file taking an average of 23 seconds per page (with first page out in 24 seconds. Color graphics from a PowerPoint presentation came out faster than with the iP3600. A 4x6 color photo came out in only 21 seconds.
Printed pages looked great. The color graphics pages were sharp even when using cheap copy paper, and large type showed that the printer gave sharp images with no bleed. When printing a 50-page document using the built-in duplexer, there was only one paper jam.
Color photos look wonderful, especially when using Canon's Photo Paper Plus Glossy II 4x6 paper (included with the printer). The photo came out dry to the touch with a sharp image and colors that were deep and rich.
As mentioned in the review of the iP3600, these printers seem rather large for photo printers. They're almost as big as some of Canon's all-in-one printers, which also do good work on photos. There's also no LCD for on-board editing, though it's PictBridge compatible so you can print directly from a digital camera.