Conclusion: Less of a computer accessory than a photographer’s best friend, the iP4600 dishes up some of the tastiest looking inkjet prints we’ve seen – and at a superb price.
Pros: Why spend hundreds on a sparkling high-resolution camera and then print out photos on the plasticky inkjet you got free with your computer? Canon’s flagship photo printer treats your masterpieces with the respect they deserve, lavishing on them five separate inks (including a rich dye-based black) that should shimmer fade-free for over a century. Picolitre drops mean pin-sharp detail, and you can swap out individual cartridges (and even the print head) to keep running...
Cons: This is a stripped-down photo-making machine, with none of the all-in-one extras like scanning, photocopying or even printing direct from memory cards (although there is a PictBridge port). It’s not wireless like many of the newer printers, either.
Summary: Just like its little brother, the iP3600, there's nothing wrong with the Canon Pixma iP4600 Photo Printer. You can count on it to absolutely give you great-looking prints. But...for its size, perhaps an all-in-one would be just as good? Or, perhaps if you just need a photo printer, you can opt for something a bit more affordable.
Pros: Inexpensive, Great for photos, Built-in duplex printing
Cons: Big for a photo printer, Not very competitive with all-in-ones
Excerpt: When it comes to printers, the Canon Pixma iP4600 is about as basic as it gets these days. Baby brother to the powerful iP4500, the most affordable iP bucks the all-in-one trend in favor of an emphasis on one thing: printing.