This WAS a great printer..........but the Pro9000 mkII is cheaper!!!
P. A. Feher "eccentric", Amazon
30 May 2013
Summary: I bought two of the 4500s in 2006 or 2007. I have been using one of them as my everyday workhorse. I replaced the printhead recently (March 2013). I bought these printers through the Canon store for around 100.00, maybe 99.00. It was cheap. I print photo cards- sometimes as many as 100 a day and this printer has never failed and it's good on ink so prints are cheap to make. I've used cheaper non OEM ink that is a fraction of the Canon ink with no ill effects at all-ever.
Summary: Very reliable, trouble-free on my Mac Pro system. After some bad experiences with third-party cartridges and Epson printers, I changed brands and learned to stick with genuine brand ink. Third-party inks tend to clog print heads, and the design of Epson inkjet printers is highly prone to clogging.
Summary: Since I got the printer from junk. (Past user just printed enough DVD on it - to just give it to me for free). I am quite happy to attain another 1000 pages with it . minimal cost, using just some compatible cartridges. I don't think so the brand matter, at least should get the same colour around on print. If not change brand. I have used Inktec.
Pros: Do right all needed to basic print.
Cons: Should find an alternative compatible chiped cartridge supplier to survive with printing cost. CISS works at start but puts at risk the Printing Head nerves.
Summary: The iP4500 produces very high quality printing and photos. It was one of the easiest systems to refill ever produced. It is MANDATORY to use high quality inks and understand that you cannot refill a cartridge indefinitely. Chip resetters are available and reasonable on eBay. Not all aftermarket cartridges are as easy to refill and reset as the Canon products. The price of this printer has climbed, since Canon stopped production.
Summary: My last printer was a Canon i960, which I thought at the time was the last word in performance for around $100, and it truly was. It had 6 ink cartridges, and a miniscule 2 picolitre droplet size -- and rendered the best and fastest photos I'd ever printed (4x6 in 34 seconds). But I made the mistake of buying cheaper ink replacement cartridges, and not using the printer regularly.
Summary: I purchased the Canon Pixma iP4500 inkjet printer to replace an old Canon i850 color inkjet printer. The old printer worked great for a few years, then stopped working properly even though I used only Canon ink cartridges. So far the iP4500 seems to print text and photos very well - actually better than the old printer. I am hoping it lasts longer than the i850. The ink cartridges are very easy to change.
Summary: I just bought the Pixma iP4680, which appears to be the model replacing the iP4500. It's a bit cheaper, has basically same specs, but prints a tad slower. Printing on CDs and DVDs is important to me, so it was with some trepidation, having read the review about limited control of the inner circle size, that I bought this unit. But the problem is solved. Here's the fix. Don't use the CD/DVD printing software (CD-LabelPrint or Easy-PhotoPrint) that comes with the printer.
Summary: I recommend this product. It was easy to set up and use within 15 minutes out of the box. I'm a serious amature photographer and this is the best printer for ease of use but especially for print QUALITY. I have owned HP Photosmart printers (2) and an Epson photo printer. All dedicated to photo print jobs. All high quality machines. All did a good job. I compared 2 photos on 3 different brands of paper with the same 2 photos that I had printed on my other printers.