Pros Fast print speeds,great photo prints,duplex printing
Cons None that I found
Summary This is my second Canon printer. I had a Canon I900D which was a great printer but alas it was very slow. The IP 4500 has two paper sources, one for copy paper and one for photo paper. This is a great plus. All you have to do to change sources is press 1 button. I can't understand the CNET review. They rated as a con no preview LCD or memory slots. I have had 2 photo printers previously that had those features and I never used either one. To me that is just a feature that adds to the cost of the printer. And CNET also stated "The Canon Pixma iP4500 is a bit too expensive for basic home users". What was she smoking! This printer sell for just over $100.00 .. As the previous reviewer did, I printed out several photo's that were printed at my local Sam's Club and compared them with the same that I printed on the IP 4500. They were equally as good maybe even a bit better. Bottom line if you are looking for a good photo printer and don't want a copier or a fax you can't go wrong with the Canon IP 4500. Now, why a 9 rating? Because nothing is perfect, but this is close.
Pros Print Speed, duplex printing, photo prints are great...PRICE
Cons Paper size limited to letter... but it prints full 8x10 photos. No flash card slots..but who cares, it's connected to a PC!!
Summary Why a 10 rating? Because it does just what it was designed for and just what I was looking for. I was planning on investing in two printers...one for text documents and the other for photos. However, this printer does both...extremely well.
Print Speed - compared to other photo printers...this printer is FAST!. The iP4500 has a seperate black ink cartridge that is used for text printing...and prints text at a lower resolution(but still laser quality) in order to increase speed. I can get a full letter size page in 2 seconds. 4x6 photos in about 40 seconds when set to "Best" quality.
Photo Quality - I printed 36 photos at my nearest Walgreens the day before I purchased this printer. The next day I printed the same pics on the Canon iP4500. The print quality is the same. The only way I could tell which was which was by the watermark on the back of the photo paper.
Duplex Printing - this feature was a must for me. Why waste paper....I print a lot of multi-page documents (emails) and I get tired of wasting paper. The printer also prints on two sided photo paper without swearing the print.
PRICE - It's hard to believe this printer is less than $150!! I bought mine on sale for $99.
Pros Excellent prints,duplex printing,seperate paper sources
Cons Slow startup,ink cartridge have chips
Summary The iP4500 was an upgrade from a i850 for me. I got the printer for $99 and this is well worth the price just for the photo printing quality alone. The duplex printing is an added bonus. The only complaints I have are the slow startup from sleep mode and the fact that the ink cartridges have chips installed on them. One of my catridges' chips failed to be read after only 3 weeks and it was still nearly full. I wrote an email to Canon support and had a new replacement cartridge in less than a week.
Pros nice design
Cons ink rip off
Summary Ink is a rip off. Cartridges have an ID chip. The printer prevents you from using any cartridge without the chip - so you can't use non-Canon cartridges. It even counts the amount used, so it knows when cartridge should be empty to prevent refilling. I could live with all that since I don't do a lot of printing. But the chip malfunctions after a couple of months, the the printer reads it as an improper cartridge and the printer will not print anything.The only way to get the printer to print is to replace the full cartridge with a brand new full cartridge, which lasts another 3 months before the chip malfunctions.
AVOID CANON PRODUCTS; THEY JUST RIP-OFF THEIR CUSTOMERS.
"its a good buy"on by Riskman
Pros excellent prints, duplex printing, 2 trays
Cons inks with chips, installation disk
Summary I bought this printer to replace a Canon I860 after 4 years the print head started to go bad. I was torn between the IP4500 and the MP610. I decided against the MP610 because I already have a second printer, which is multifunction printer.
Inks: One of the concerns with all printers is the cost of ink. I bought a set of all 5 inks for $56.00 at Costco almost twice as much as I used to pay for the #6 ink for the I860. The #8 ink for the 4500 has chips installed and you are now paying for those chips (a trick they learned from Epson). IMO individual tanks are not really any better then the other tanks, even with individual tanks they all seem to run out about the same time. IMO the chips will almost certainly guarantee this. The ink on the 4500 is chromeolife though so it should last longer and be less fade resistant then the 6 ink.
Installation: Setting up the printer is straightforward, however I did have some problems with the installation disk. I kept getting error messages of mpsetup4.exe could not load, which would not allow me to install the drivers or software. Cannon shipped some of these printers with bad installation disks. Just go to the Canon site and download the newest drivers and software, or you could call Canon and they will send out a new disk. If you don’t load from the disk you will need to manually go in to the printer set-up screen and do a first time print head alignment.
Operation: This printer is much quieter then my I860 although once you turn it on it does go through a lot of motions in order to be ready to print, so did my 860.
Quality of Prints/Documents: Picture quality is amazing (photo lab quality) and the documents are laser crisp. I can’t tell which photos are better the ones from the I860 or the 4500-they are very close. People have been amazed when I show them a photo and tell them that I printed it at home.
Overall: I would recommend this printer. It is one step up from the IP3500 and has better DPI and worth the additional money. I don’t think any of the other printers on the market in the same price range have specs that are close to this printer with all the features it offers. Before switching to Canon I used to buy Epson’s but I had so many problems with nozzles clogging and noise that I will never purchase another Epson printer again.
I dinged it one star because of the software issue.