Summary: At first this printer was great. 5 stars. Now that I have had it for a few years it is a one star. The color is either too blue ALL blue or today the photos were red. After running dozens of cleans and "by hand" head cleaning. The black STILL has a problem. Will never buy another Canon printer. This one was enough for me.
Summary: Why doesn't anyone write on how horrible it is to spent $70 on ink every two-three weeks. This printer doesn't print things in gray-scale format. I mean it does by means, but it still uses the colorful ink. I got new ink tanks 2 weeks ago. I don't print any pictures, any photos just documents and I am run of of ink by now. I hate this printer. I'd rather spend more money to buy a new one. It is such a RIP OFF even if it does a good job printing!
Summary: When it prints, it is decent enough, but it can take an hour of fiddling and resetting to get the infamous "Error 6c10" to go away. In the mean time, it has cleaned the heads 20 times and used up half the ink. After giving up on HP printers, I thought I had found a winner in Canon. Boy was I wrong. Worst printer I have ever owned. To add insult to injury, the printer was expensive and so is the ink.
Summary: I bought this printer for less than the replacement ink cartridges cost. If it were given to me free of charge, I would have made a poor decision in accepting it. Even, using draft quality and mainly black and white, I have never seen any printer use ink faster than this printer. It is also the slowest printer I have ever used. I will never purchase a Canon printer again, having been a loyal Canon user for years.
Summary: I just received an e-mail from Canon stating "The use of third party ink tank would ultimately lead to the error message" The following ink tank cannot be rcocognized. This means you can only use Canon ink at aprox. 4X the cost of generic ink.
Summary: I replaced a PIXMA IP3000 which was the best printer I have used in years. I had a S450 prior which was also great. Lexmark's and HP's have been way too expensive on ink. The Lexmarks also had inferior print quality and reliability problems to boot. I have run almost a million pages through several printers. I lost my ip3000 in a power outage. I suspect that this triggered a circuit which could be reset or replaced. Tech support was useless.
Summary: This printer did not come with a usb cable u need an a/b usb cable and if you don't have one...well you can't install the printer...Seriously they couldn't include the plug??? A 2 dollar plug?...Pitiful!
Summary: My trusty Pixma iP5200 bit the dust a few weeks ago due to an unknown problem. It always functioned well, and was very reliable and produced excellent results. I depended on it for all my regular printing, especially the hidden feature for printing on CD/DVD discs. They came out beautifully in about 30 seconds. It was time to move on and upgrade. Or so I thought. First, I had to wonder why Canon produced the Pixma iP5200 several years before the new iP4700 came along.
A Great Printer brought low by cost of ink and rate of ink use!
Thomas J. Woodall Jr., Amazon
12 November 2009
Summary: The quality of the printing from this printer is as good as any I have seen, which makes it all the worse that I still can't give it better than one star. The fact is that if it were a car, it would be the number one model traded in during Cash for Clunkers, since this printer eats ink like Al Gore wastes fuel flying everywhere, and than some.