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I have had this printer for quite a while and regularly print things for craft projects and for work purposes, letters etc. The printer has never let me down and I would definitely recommend it.
Set up was fairly easy, you get a disc and all the instructions with it and it's all well explained. I mean if I can install it with no issues, anyone can.
I started off using the original Canon ink cartridges but as they are very pricey I soon looked for cheaper options and found a website that sells 5 whole sets for around £25 which is acceptable. They work perfectly fine, the prints are clean and crisp as with the original cartridges. And I like the fact that it's a single ink system, you can just replace one colour when it's empty.
I have printed on paper, card, photo papers, transparencies, tshirt transfers etc and I always get quality prints no matter what medium I use. There is the possibility to print on cds and dvds too but I haven't given that a go yet.
Photo quality: max. 9600 x 2400dpi
2 paper trays, double-sided printing DVD/CD printing
ChromaLife100 system for long lasting photos
Photo lab quality 10 x 15cm borderless photo in approx. 51 sec.
It also features PictBridge direct photo printing. You can print photos directly from PictBridge compatible digital cameras and camcorders, although I have never tried that function.
The only downside to this printer may be the size, it is fairly chunky and I'm sure these days you could get something more space saving or for that size at least there could be a scanner and fax integrated into the machine. But I think it's a great printer with affordable cartridges and it has never let me down so I would definitely recommend it!
I was given this printer by a friend who no longer needed it due to buying a replacement. At first I thought "here we go another printer with expensive cartridges", however as my old Epson R200 printer had given up the ghosts I decided to give it a whirl.
I wasn't provided with a driver/software disc so cannot comment on this, however I plugged the printer in and my Windows 7 operating system found the driver and installed it straight away. This was amazing as my R200 required me to locate the driver software to install it as the Windows 7 operating system would recognise it but wouldn't allow me to see how much ink was left.
Anyway - back to the IP4200, I noticed that all the cartridges were completely empty (which I though was a bit strange that all had run out), however I logged into www.thecartridgeshop.co.uk and bought a set of ink which was surprisingly cheap for compatibles (I wasn't going to spend a load of cash on cartridges only to find out the printer didn't work at all).
I installed the printers and was surprised to find that the printer was functioning perfectly. I did a few test prints of general documents and found that the black lettering was extremely clear and crisp with no bleeding of colour. So the main test then comprised of printing a few photo quality prints onto gloss photo paper which turned out superb. We compared it to a photo which we had printed from Tesco's printer service and found it to be almost identical.
I would highly recommend this printer to any who have a chance to buy one - the compatible ink cartridges are cheap and give a superb quality of print and it was easy to set-up/install.
I've had this printer for 3 years now, and it's been a mostly positive experience.
First off, this printer is clearly optimised for photo printing. For this purpose it's an absolutely fantastic printer. His resolution prints look superb, with excellent colour accuracy. Good photo paper is required to make the most of this device, but the results are of print-shop quality.
As for ordinary day-to-day use and document printing, the inclusion of a cassette tray means you can go for a few weeks without having to refill the paper as an average user. When is comes to printing documents, however, this printer is a little slow.
The iP4200 is easy to setup, but lacks a network card. If you're looking for a network printer, there are better options.
Now to the negative points, the most irritating being ink! Not only are the Canon cartidges ridiculously expensive, but they really don't last for long. Cartridges are chipped, which initially make it difficult for generics to come to the market due to the extra complication. There are a few decent generics out now, however, so this problem isn't so great anymore.
I can recommend this printer to anyone who likes to print their digital photos at home. Just be careful when buying generic cartidges that they contain the necessary chip, and don't require transfer of an old chip. Otherwise your warranty will be voided, and the ink level function will be disabled.
This is not going to be the most detailed review about the 'Canon Pixma iP 4200' but it is clear and brief containing the most important pros and cons of this printer.
I bought my Pixma iP 4200 something like 1 1/2 years ago and since then I`ve used it quite a lot.
Pixma iP 4200 is a color printer which is working with inkjet technology. It prints pretty good quality photos and it also does double-sided printing. It is printing fast and flawless even if it does the double-sided printing.
It uses 5 different ink cartridges. I appreciate this because you can replace just one color, rather than having to toss the entire cartridge simply because one color is out. However, it heavily uses color inks and they are not cheap at all.
One more thing I don`t like is that it shows the ink as running out but I've printed probably close to 100 b/w copies since it started showing it. Also it takes a little time after turning it on to "warm" up.
Summarizing I`d still say that this printer is a good one. Especially if you consider the price. I paid around 50 quid what I think is a reasonable price.
Hope this helps a bit. You can find this review and many others I`ve written on www.best-price.com, too. It is similar to dooyoo but has a lot more community features.
Ok. This is another thing I don't actually own. It's the main computer I work on at school and I sort of know what I'm talking about because I'm in charge of IT. So I err....bought it.
This'll be a brief one.
It's good. It prints well, has an easy set-up and came with functional, if not spectacularly exciting software. It has NASTY chipped cartridges which make cheap running a pain! It's quite chunky - you could almost have put a scanner on it.
First the print quality. 9600 x 2400 colour and 600x600 black. The prints are crisp, clean and colour matching was good. Possibly the best of the 6 or so models I am familiar with.
Set-up is a straight forward affair but I would expect no different from a printer manufacturer today. If they complicate a simple enough process then they're serious fools. This one's fine. Connecting it to the netwok as a network printer has also been problem free.
The ports are standard USB and a fairly short power cable sticks out the back.
The printer copes with a range of media including cd's.
Anyway, so far so normal really. It's real downside is the stupid chipped cartridegs. Fairstly it takes 4 altogether - one a specialised phot black cartridge. Can I get any ink out of it? No. No matter what, it uses the other black cartridge and I can't find out how to force it to use the other one. I must be missing something but then I think it's the manufacturers job to make sure I don't by being clear and explicit in the instructions.
The main cartridge problem is getting them replaced - it won't take any cheapo ones, just the own brand. Cartridge world told me they can fill them now but I have been having to prise the chip off the cartridge to stick on the replacements. Who the hell can be bothered with that? get it wrong and the printer won't recognise it!!!!!!!!!! Stupid evil thing.
Because of this I wouldn't recommend it, which is a shame because it prints really well. It just makes it so expensive (it's fairly ink greedy anyway) that you're always losing money with it.
I paid about £84 for it, or rather work did. I think you'll get it from dabs or amazon or similar for more around £60. I think there are better £60 printers around though.
originally posted by myself on Ciao - dhillcrest
Before starting this review I want to state I always thought as canon as a fair and honest brand, right now I am not so sure any more, I had some epson printe in the past and I always found them decent, but compared to canon they sure were something else.
What are ip4200 strong points ?
IP4200 is a solid printer, has some decent featues like a usb connection for digital cameras so you can import photographies directly and print them on the fly, has a very good cd/dvd printing system which is easy enough to master, and has medium/good quality regarding every kind of printing in general.
Ip4200 has 5 ink tanks 2 black one big and one normal sized, one yellow, one cyan and one magenta.
It has (Stated by the web site only 1 picoliter drops) but you will probably finish the colors tanks quite fast probably..
It will connect to the pc via a simple usb port which right now is standard for almost every pc.
What is the bad side of the printer then ?
The printer goes with a little chip on every ink tank, and will not work if the tank hasn't got the chip, which create 2 kind of problem actually and not only one:
1) how can I be sure that I really finished the ink or is the printer making me throw away a half-full tank ? you can probably find the printer service manual on some internet sites (you need only to search with google) which strangely enough does not come with the printer at least if I remember correctly, some sites sell it and some other link it freely.
2) will I be able to find low cost ink ? probably yes but here come the real bad part, you will have to remove the chip on the previous cartridge and put on the new one... and then reset the printer, if you have done everything correctly you can then continue to use it, if you made a mistake, good luck correcting it...
3)if you want low cost ink you have to buy probably ink cartridge without the chip or else the price would be a lot higher due to technology involved, and mostly these are sold without the chip.