Summary: I just replaced my ip4600 with an Epson Artisan 800. Finally gave Canon a try but I was not happy with quality of photos. Ink cost between the two seem to be close, ip4600 a bit less. Generally I only use inkjet photo printers for photos and DVD printing.
Pros: Inexpensive, bought on sale elsewhere. Easier to maintain than Epson photo printers.
Cons: Photo image quality not as good as Epson. No direct CD/DVD printing. Slow. Color not needed for most things. Photo printers not recommended for everyday printing. Consider a cheap monochrome laser for everyday use and save your inkjet for when you really need color.
Summary: I purchased this printer to replace a Canon PIXMA IP5000 which had some print head issues after 5 years. It was inexpensive compared to a new IP5000. The box does not include a printer cable but set up and installation was automatic and easy.
Summary: My old Canon Pixma iP4200 worked pretty well for three years (noisy, but I got used to that), but during the last 6 months, the print heads printed horizontal lines on photos and images, no matter how many times I ran the maintenance routines.
So I upgraded to the Pixma iP4600.
Summary: The Canon Pixma iP4200 worked pretty well for three years (quite noisy, but I got used to that), but in the final 6 months, no matter how many times I ran the maintenance routines, photos and images printed with horizontal lines (print heads). So I upgraded to the Pixma iP4600.
Summary: If you want a good entry level photo printer, take a look at the iP4600. I print a lot of photos, and although Canon printers seem to use ink pretty fast, replacement ink cartridges seem to be less expensive than other brands, so I have gone with Canon.
Pros: I've been using this printer almost daily for 5 months now, and it's never made me regret the purchase. One outstanding feature I appreciate is, if the front output tray is closed, I get a warning - instead of an accordion covered with ink smudges, as I got with my Epson. It also does a fantastic...
Cons: The printer is admittedly slow the first time I try to print after booting up - a bit longer than the average inkjet, I have read elsewhere. But my last inkjet (Epson) seemed to be trying to play a polka with the carriage before it would consent to print, so I don't really notice the difference.