Like its predecessor, the Canon Pixma iP4500 Photo Printer delivers speed and quality for both business applications and photos, though at a higher price tag.
I'm beginning to wonder if Canon is being taken over by reincarnated denizens of the 1950s auto industry. Make a few trivial changes (bigger tail fins!), slap a new model number on it, and roll it out the door as a "new" fall model. At least, it feels that way after recently testing a couple of Canon printers that are nearly identical to their predecessors. The Canon Pixma MP610 is only slightly changed from last year's MP600, and now the Pixma iP4500 Photo Printer ($129.99 direct) has changed even less from last year's iP4300 (there was no iP4400). At least the MP610 kept the same price as the model it replaced. In a move that's counter to every expectation for anything related to computers, the iP4500 offers no discernible improvements over last year's model while upping the price by 30 percent.
One measure of what a good value the iP4300 represented is that, even at the higher price, the iP4500 is one of the best standalone ink jet printers currently available for the home or home office, or as a personal printer in a larger office. But it doesn't offer the same bang for the buck as the iP4300, which earns it a lower overall rating and keeps it from being an Editors' Choice.
The iP4500's paper handling is typical for Canon printers, which makes it better than most of the competition. Its two paper trays can hold 150 sheets of plain paper each. The 300-sheet total is a substantial amount of paper for a personal printer. If you're using the iP4500 to print photos as well as text, you can switch between plain paper and photo paper without having to load and unload paper each time.
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M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).
Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.
Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.
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