Summary: I have had this printer for a couple of months and it prints pictures great and text just as one would expect, also great. I would recommend this printer for its great picture printing and the fact that it uses individual ink tanks instead of one for color and one for black.
Summary: This is my second Canon printer and is a replacement for my 5 year old i960 which I absolutely loved. The print head started to go and I do a lot of fine detail printing so I had to replace it. I chose the ip4500 for a few reasons, One was because it also had separate color ink tanks (C,M,Y,K) plus the addition to pigment black which i'm not sure what difference that really makes.
Summary: First, the negatives: this printer takes up a lot of desk space. With the front paper tray extended, its about 23" front to back. The front paper tray seems to be a flimsy plastic. Don't know how it would face up to a sideways blow. The software does not always seem to work well when selecting paper source -- paper can be loaded from a front cassette or from the rear. I think the ink may turn out to be expensive if you do a lot of printing.
Summary: I bought this printer to replace a Canon I860 after 4 years the print head started to go bad. I was torn between the IP4500 and the MP610. I decided against the MP610 because I already have a second printer, which is multifunction printer. Inks: One of the concerns with all printers is the cost of ink. I bought a set of all 5 inks for $56.00 at Costco almost twice as much as I used to pay for the #6 ink for the I860.
Summary: Canon labels the Pixma iP4500 as a premium photo and document printer, and when I bought it in early January my main purchasing criteria was high quality photo prints and the ability to print on DVDs and CDs. The printer itself looks tremendously stylish. Next to my iMac it looks as if the designers of the printer had been sitting in front of an iMac when coming up with the design.
Summary: My new Canon iP4500 printer works great -- with the Canon software that accompanies their product. It fails miserably, however, with my Photoshop CS2 software. My third print with the Canon iP4500 displayed a series of parallel lines across the surface. After testing several prints from different photos with the same results, I e-mailed Canon technical help, twice. First, I was instructed to realign the printer head.
Summary: I've always been an epson printer fan until my Epson c84 clogged it's print head, thus ruining the printer. (I know there are ways to take the printer apart and clean out the nozzles, but who has the time for that?)I like the fact that I can replace the print heads on this canon printer. I just ordered some canon photo paper, but have been doing photo prints on epson paper(leftovers). The results? AMAZING! I wish we had this printer much sooner.