Canon Pixma IP4700 Printer Test

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Published: 25th November 2010
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The Canon Pixma IP4700 is Canon's newest inkjet printer that keeps the glossy black casing associated with its forerunner, the Canon Pixma IP4600, and likewise offers elegant gunmetal highlights.

The IP4700 even retains many of the elements we cherished most in regards to the IP4600, including two paper trays, the fact users are cautioned on their Personal computer display in case the print output tray is shut and also your being able to print on DVDs and CDs while using the incorporated dedicated tray.

The unit in addition provides a number of improvements over the IP4600. Such as the inclusion of Auto Photo Fix II on the bundled Easy-PhotoPrint EX software. One of several key benefits of this software is that it may be arranged to by design fix colour, contrast and brightness while not making the resulting prints either too dark or too light - a thing that is especially tricky to adjust for with under-exposed images. The Canon Pixma IP4700 in addition has a built-in duplexing capability.

We found the IP4700 extremely simple to to get going. As soon as we'd loaded the five individual inks (cyan, yellow, magenta and two blacks), in the very same way similar to the IP4600, we were able to install the included software and after that hook up the printer to the Pc using USB. Next the software got us step-by-step through aligning the printheads before we were able to commence printing.

As well as USB connectivity, the IP4700 offers PictBridge connectivity that allows you to print photos direct from a digital camera free of initially having to download them to a Computer.

Canon claims the IP4700's biggest enhancement is that it's quicker as compared to its forerunner and can print 9.2 images per minute in black and roughly 8.1ppm in colour. In our testing, the Canon Pixma IP4700 printed a mixed colour and graphics document in 21 seconds, whilst our nine-page text document took 51 seconds, amounting to an end result rate of 10.5ppm.

In Draft mode black text appeared very clear and well-defined and images showed crystal clear detailing. Colours seemed a little pale in draft mode yet appeared vivid and brilliant in Normal and Best modes. Pictures appeared crystal clear and sharp with excellent detailing and flesh tones represented realistically.

The Canon Pixma IP4700 truly impressed us. It is a superior quality inkjet printer that creates outstanding results using the five Canon iP4700 inkjet cartridges inside a short quantity of time. We definitely liked the fact that it was extremely quiet. If exceptional prints are usually what you require and you aren't in the market for either copying or scanning features, this is the perfect printer.


Canon Pixma IP4700 ink cartridges can be found here.

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