Channel 5

Canon Pixma iP4600

Monday 15 December 2008

G-Rating

Rating of 5

The basics

Canon’s range-topping inkjet photo printer produces photo-quality prints in approximately 20 seconds. Thanks to PictBridge technology you can print direct from compatible digital cameras. It has a max speed of 26 black and white pages per minute and 21 colour pages per minute.

The good

Why spend hundreds on a sparkling high-resolution camera and then print out photos on the plasticky inkjet you got free with your computer? Canon’s flagship photo printer treats your masterpieces with the respect they deserve, lavishing on them five separate inks (including a rich dye-based black) that should shimmer fade-free for over a century. Picolitre drops mean pin-sharp detail, and you can swap out individual cartridges (and even the print head) to keep running costs under control. It’s great at text printing, too, firing out crisp documents at 12 pages a minute.

The bad

This is a stripped-down photo-making machine, with none of the all-in-one extras like scanning, photocopying or even printing direct from memory cards (although there is a PictBridge port). It’s not wireless like many of the newer printers, either.

The bottom line

Less of a computer accessory than a photographer’s best friend, the iP4600 dishes up some of the tastiest looking inkjet prints we’ve seen – and at a superb price.
Currys Top Products

Canon Pixma iP4600 is tagged with Canon Pixma iP4600 and printer. Select a tag (Canon Pixma iP4600, for example) to find everything on The Gadget Show about the subject.

User comments (4)

Leave a comment

Derek Agar

The iP4600 came out just after I bought the iP4500, which annoyed me especially as I had asked Canon if the 4500 was about to be superceded prior to purchase. However, after checking the specifications of both printers the 4500 comes out on top. Canon obviously tried to cut costs (in my opinion)! One thing not mentioned in the review - you can print straight onto printable DVD/CD's. I always swore by Epson, but after trying the Canon - no contest.

Report as inappropriate
Distrubbed

I know this is a year later, I have one of these and the good is its a good all round printer when it gets round to it. but the bad is the tiny ink cartridges and the fact it goes into cleaning cycle before and after print runs, you need to enable fast print to get one quicker than 3-5 minutes. Because it is constantly cleaning the inks last a very short time and I very rarely print colour, so waiting time and high running costs

Report as inappropriate
Albert Kitson

This printer has excellent printouts but takes ages preparing to print it is so annoying having to wait minutes whilst it whirrs into action. Compatable ink cartridges are now available to reduce running costs and print quality is still good I wouldn't recommend this printer because of the waiting times

Report as inappropriate
Jon Kirkham

I get excellent results from my printer, I have also fitted a continuous ink system, best £65 I've sent it lasts a whole lot longer than £65 of single cartridges

Report as inappropriate

Join Channel 5

Creating an account is free, will only take a few moments and will allow you to enjoy the full benefits of 5FWD and Channel 5:

  • Create lists of your most wanted and owned products
  • Leave article comments without having to re-enter your login details
  • Get updated with all the latest gadget and car news

Leave a comment

Please note that we will not expose your email, but we might use it to email you back. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.
* mandatory field

  • Samsung Gear 2

    Samsung's back with its brand new Gear 2 smartwatch, the successor to the fatally flawed original…

  • LG 55EA980W

    Curved TVs are said to be the next big thing in television tech for your living room, but do they…

  • Bissell Vac & Steam 1132E

    Meet the Bissell Vac & Steam 1132E, the final contender in our steam mop showdown with an integrated…

  • Vax S86-SF-P

    The Vax S86-SF-P makes up the third choice in our steam mop showdown, but is it worthy of wearing…

  • Lakeland Steam Mop

    Which steam mop is the top choice for your spring cleaning? We put four to the test, including the…

  • Russell Hobbs Steam & Clean

    We’ve got a steam mop showdown on the show this week, and we headed to the SS Great Britain in…

  • Beats by Dre Studio Wireless

    When you think of headphones these days, you probably immediately think of the monster brand that is…

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    The Samsung Galaxy S5, the latest and greatest flagship phone from the South Korean electronics…

  • NetGear VueZone VZSX2800

    The NetGear VueZone VZSX2800 could be the ideal home security system, with a couple of wireless…

  • PhoneJoy game controller

    Physical controllers on Android may not be a massive deal anymore, but there's always room for new…