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What a fantastic printer this is.
I bought this printer what must be nearly 6 years ago now when I got my first job working at PC World. After some demonstrations from a Canon sales rep that was in store I was sold.
The printer contains five seperate inks, two black, cyan, magenta and yellow. The reasoning behind two black cartridges is that this allows the printer to store one black cartridge soley for text printing, useful if you print out photos by the dozen but don't want to be caught short when printing that important last minute letter.
The photo print quality is stunning, even by todays standards I'm thoroughly pleased by it, offering edge to edge printing on sizes up to A4 with speeds that won't dissapoint you. The text quality is similarly high offering sharp, crisp print outs with the added bonus of automatic duplex (back to back) printing so as not to waste paper. The printer also supplies some pretty decent printing software, though if you plug in you can plug and play without this stuff too.
Paper storage is brilliant with top and bottom loading allowing you to load 60% of a ream of paper at once means you could effectively use this as a laser alternative if you really wanted to as you can set the printer to automatically use both trays, or if like me you use it for photo and text printing? Load one with nice photo paper and one with copier paper, simply use the switch on the front to chose which to use, or go into print preferences.
Also on the front of this printer is a USB port for pictbridge compatible cameras allowing you to print without the need to use your computer at all if you want to.
The ink can be dear, but then which photo printer isn't? Look at the cost of ink and you'll never complain about the price of petrol again (£10 for 9ml or the sort? that's about £900 per litre ;-) ) Still you pay for good results I suppose and that's what you'll get from this, time after time.
I was lucky enough to recieve this printer from a lovely person on my local Freegle group. It is still available to buy new but has mostly been replaced by the later model, the IP4600. The only real difference being that the newer model comes with USB connection only, whereas this one can be connected with the older Pin Type cable (which I use).
This is fairly reasonable (around £80) for a photo printer and the quality means it is definitely worth every penny.
This is a stylish sleek looking printer that would look smart in any home office or study.
This is not Plug and Play but it is easy to install with Quick Install function on the disk and it is easy to download drivers online if you happen to not have a disk for it. You can chose to have the extra applications, but I generally don't install these unless I want them as they take up space on my small hard drive.
The Canon Pixma Bubble Jet iP4000 is a photo printer so of course it prints photos as well as just plain text documents and it does both incredibly well. The speed is not bad for a printer of it's size and spec and it can even print on both sides of the page (if you set it up right).
It does not scan and copy, but I have had all in one printers before and found I never used the functions and just had a not-so-good printer.
When photos are printed on proper good quality photo paper it is hard to tell the difference between the and ones done in a lab. The quality and resolution really is fabulous.
Text documents are printed quickly and cleanly with crisp lettering and sharp colours.
The printer takes 5 seperate ink cartridges, 3 colour and 2 black. There is one large black cartridge for text documents and a smaller one used for photos which means that you can buy cheap ink for text and decent Canon ink for your photos.
The inks are not as expensive to buy as those for really cheap printers and seem to last a fairly long time.
I got this to replace an Epson that I was not getting along with and I have to say that the Canon has out-performed it in every way. I could not be happier with this printer, it is so easy to use as well as being great quality. Definintely the best printer I've ever owned!