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.
Summary: Not unlike most everything, if you pay less, you're going to get less. However, the things skimped on in this printer hardly take away from it's great value. Pros: First, for me, I have absolutely no use for a scanner/copier so the fact that this printer doesn't have one is a bonus for me.
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: The Canon IP 4600 printer arrived promptly in excellent condition. I had to assemble a bunch of parts including the ink jets and 5 ink cartridges. This took considerable time to get it all together. I used the USB cable from my old Epson printer, otherwise I would had to purchase a cable.
Summary: I replaced a Canon PIXMA ip3000 with this printer. It works almost exactly the same as the old printer with one exception. Canon decided to place a chip on each ink tank to prevent refilling the ink tanks. I'm very dissatisfied with this step that many manufacturers have taken. But I understand why.
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: 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.