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. My only complaint is the cost of ink which I discovered when trying to buy replacement cartridges. The problem is this printer uses pigmented ink which is very expensive, instead of dye based ink.
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. It's a little quieter; photos and images come out fine in highest resolution; and I like that it's now mostly black instead of gray.
One quibble, however.....
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. When my Pixma MP610 died, I selected the iP4600 to replace it.
The iP4600 has a low price, and typical for Canon photo printers, produces good results.
Summary: Comments about Canon PIXMA iP4600 Inkjet Photo Printer: Wow, inexpensive but I am burning through the black ink so I need a printer in between this price range and the next one up. I do not need a large format printer with 6 inks, however I do need a printer that is not going to burn out the black so soon. I also cannot access the pigment large black cartridge, nor can I find any data on this in the manual. Good overall quality, handsome and terrific resolution.
Pros: Accurate Colors, Easy Setup, Easy To Use, Great Contrast, Great Overall Quality, Reliable, Sharp Tones & Colors
Cons: Noisy, Pricey Ink Replacement, Slow Print Time, Too much ink used