Summary: It has no paper cassette at the bottom, even though the default settings are for it to try to print from one. The thing that does come off the bottom doesn't really hold or fit paper even though it tries to print from it. It confused me for a long time when I first bought this product. I don't know if mine was just defective or what, but even the instructions showed a cassette that mine didn't appear to be.
Summary: I'll start out with the positives. The print quality is excellent. Ok so much for the positives. The negatives: The ink cartridges are tiny. This printer runs through an obnoxiously lengthy automated ink priming/cleaning process which can delay the actual output of a printed page by several minutes. Furthermore, the priming/cleaning process wastes the ink in the previously mentioned tiny cartridges.
Summary: Good quality printing and a seeming low price, but the ink cartridges run out after very few documents, the screen alerts about which cartridges are low are inaccurate and the replacement cartridges COST MORE THAN THE PRINTER. AVOID THIS MODEL AT ALL COSTS. I'm a brand loyal user of Canon cameras, but on the printers, never again.
Summary: I purchased this printer to replace a Canon Pixma IP3000 printer that had stopped working. I have been a loyal Canon supporter for the last 10 years but have recently found myself disappointed in the reliability and quality of their products. This printer is no exception. The ink tanks for this printer are smaller than the ones for the IP3000. They are also opaque (black plastic), meaning that it is impossible to visually check the ink levels.
This inexpensive Canon Pixma iP4820 produces excellent images
J. William Myers, Amazon
31 December 2011
Summary: For art, storyboards, designs, photos and proofs, this inexpensive Canon Pixma iP4820 produces excellent images and type, even better than my last Pixma. I wanted this model, which has printing function only, since I already own a Canon 8600F high-resolution scanner that I use at my Mac station with this new printer. I also have a Canon all-in-one that I use for faxing and coping at my studio phone.
Summary: The title really says it all. When you open this it's packing material all over the place, and then you need to go through a very confusing process to load the ink cartridges that involves plastic wrap and little buttons that make the cartridges glow. The process then requires you put a special piece of paper in for it to calibrate. I fear this will be lost. Other printers i've owned would just print their own calibration onto a blank sheet.
Summary: This Canon printer replaced a five year old Canon printer which gave outstanding service. The PIXMAiP4820 is faster, quieter and with the automatic duplex saves on paper. We especially love the fabulous high quality pictures with such vibrant color. Best printer my wife has ever owned. We recommend this to anyone who wants an affordable top of the line color inkjet printer.