Summary: I bought this Canon iP4000 printer because it has the following attributes: 1. It has five ink cartridges, BCI-6 BK, M, C, Y & BCI-3EBK which are easy to refill - they are transparent and have no chips. 2. The ink cartridges stand alone and share a common, replaceable print head. 3. The canon purge unit is better than any other ink-jet printer of similar vintage. 4. It is capable of printing on CDs & DVDs if equipped with a CD Tray. 5.
Summary: I have used printers from most of the major manufacturers. I got fed up with HP inkjets and switched to canon a couple years ago. My first Canon was an iP4000. The photo quality is amazing (the best I've seen in this price range by far), the prints are fast, it can feed from two different trays, and it can print on small photo paper borderlessly.