Summary: I have used this for both everyday office printing and for test prints of photos. The quality is surprisingly good for this price range. Have not had any problems with it. I do buy generic cartridges for the ink and they seem to work fine. No clogs, no excessive need to clean the heads, etc. A good deal for amateur photographers. One downside is that the regular paper tray is REALLY small! Constantly have to load paper in it. Not meant for major print jobs.
Summary: I purchased the ip4600 from amazon.com in July, 2009. It has continually worked great. I can print photos on matte photo paper(my preference) with the regular ink. I always buy Canon Printers because their color is the best and they have longevity.
Save yourself the trouble and just buy something else
18 July 2011
Summary: This is hands down the worst printer I've ever bought. It takes FOREVER to start up and to print anything. It takes SO long for the printer to receive files before printing them. Also, I've had several problems with the printer doing lines right in the middle of the print page. I've gone through every possible setting and it still doesn't work. Oh, and if one color is out and you try to print in grayscale, it won't let you.
Summary: After long experience with this and other Canon printers, we're finally giving up on the brand. Despite minimal use, ink cartridges, which are very expensive, must be replaced constantly even if they're NOT USED! The printer repeatedly "cleans" the print head prior to printing, tediously delaying the actual printing and wasting a great deal of that precious ink.
Summary: It may be defective and it has never worked. The error codes indicated some possibility it could be easily solved at first but eventually turned into vague statements of malfunctions that could only be cured by taking the printer to a service center. Of course, it took hours of going through help files and looking up information online for it to get to that point. Good luck.
Summary: I have had this printer for 2 years. The print quality is fine. The problem is that it uses a lot of ink. I really just wanted a reliable printer but I only print black and white, but each time it prints, it runs a cleaning procedure that actually removes a small amount of ink from each cartridge, including the color cartridges. So I am regularly replacing all the cartridges, including the color cartridges, even though I don't print in color.
Summary: This printer prints very nicely, like most of them, so I'll leave it there. My problem is with its ink consumption, how pathetic. I played with all the settings, gray-scale etc. and nothing changed, the ink seems to pour out of the tanks. I did an experiment. I bit the bullet and installed a complete set of new Canon inks.
Summary: I've owned this printer for two years now and I regret ever buying it. I bought it to replace the Canon Pixma 4000 that I LOVED. (At this point, I'd like to have another 4000 and toss the 4600 onto the street and run over it with a car.) It works pretty much the same as the 4000, except for one huge difference. The ink cartridges have been greatly reduced.