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When we were in the market for an A3 colour printer the choice seemed huge. Unfortunately on many printers, so did the price tag. In the under three hundred pounds bracket the choice of decent A3 printers is less impressive and therefore I am delighted to report that a few months after our purchase, we are more than satisfied with the price, reliability and range of features that this printer offers. Why A3? Firstly, before you decide on an A3 printer make sure you this is a necessary purchase. For most home users, the frequency of A3 printing is so low that the extra premium paid for a decent quality A3 printer will never be worthwhile. However, if your home or professional needs demand the regular need to print on larger than A4 format then you would do well to consider this offering from Canon. What do you get for your money? You get a printer that other than its width looks identical to most other Canon inkjet printers. It does of course require a little more desk space. (58cm X 33cm X 21cm) This is of course crucial information if this is a purchase for home as most home workstations don’t have such a large space aside for a printer. The print quality and speed is similar to a budget level inkjet printer. The resolution given is 1440dpi X 720dpi which is superbly adequate especially when considering the price. Text and business graphics are fine on A3 at this resolution, images have slight banding and the colour doesn’t seem quite so vivid as cheaper A4 inkjet printers. (Though this is marginal and for all but the most discerning user this should not be an issue.) The printer connects to the computer through either parallel printer interface or USB. I use the USB connection and unless you are stuck with a machine that has no USB ports this is the most sensible option as USB communication is significantly faster than that obtained when using the parallel printer interface. As with most inkjet printers, the pr
inter will print direct to a huge variety of media and of course as an A3 printer also offers the ability to print on the media at much larger sizes. This printer is connected to Microsoft Windows XP Professional but also has drivers for Windows 95/98, ME and 2000 plus drivers for Mac OS 8.1 or later. Overall: This is a budget printer and the speed and quality does communicate that fact. That said, there are other A3 inkjet printers available that offer similar quality for significantly more money. I believe that at the £289.99 we paid for this printer we have had good value for money and reliable service. To date – and this is tempting fate – we have had no problems with this printer. Shopping around should find the printer available slightly cheaper now. Overall this is a good buy for those in the market for a budget A3 printer.
An increase in the use of graphics in an ordinary office environment means that many businesses now have the need for a versatile A3 printer with optional networking, particularly when that printer offers high-level performance and compatibility with both Windows and Mac operating systems.
The S4500 takes advantage of exciting new developments in Canon ink technology. Canon's latest, and most innovative, High Color ink has significantly higher optical density that gives sharper, crisper text and more vibrant color images on plain paper. Fade and smudge resistance has also been improved to give a bleed free impression that remains bright and colorfast for longer. Even on the most modern printers you will notice that images printed on to normal, unspecialized paper soon fade and leave documents looking aged and unprofessional.
The S4500's standard cartridge configuration delivers nine A4 pages per minute in monochrome and 6ppm in color, straight from the box with Canon's pigment black ink producing laser-like black text for professional looking documents. Unlike many printers currently available, the S4500 does not specialize in being a photo or document printer. Instead, it gives an all round high standard for all users. Like all of the new printers in the range, the S4500 features Canon's Single Ink tank technology, making it a truly cost effective print solution. Unlike combined ink-tank systems, there is no need to throw away unused ink when a single color runs out.