The Canon iP4300 printer is one of the leading photo printers produced
by Canon. While it’s named a photo printer, it’s capable of so much
more than simply producing top quality prints. It can print text
documents equally as well as images and photos, and it includes
advanced features such as double-sided printing to increase flexibility
Top Features of the iP4300
There’s a good reason this inkjet
printer is capable of producing such high quality prints. The machine
includes 3,584 nozzles for spraying ink onto the page – that leads to
an incredible precision in ink application, allowing the machine to
print up to 9600 x 2400 dpi resolution.
This machine has two input trays, both of which can hold 150 sheets.
The inclusion of the duplex (double-sided) printing feature is a big
plus on such an affordable machine.
The unit is PictBridge enabled, meaning you can snap a photo on a
compatible camera, link it up to the printer and have a solid copy of
the image in your hands all in a matter of minutes. The unit also comes
with a few handy software extras that make various tasks easier. For
instance, Windows users are treated to the Easy-WebPrint software,
which comes in handy if you want to print directly from the web,
allowing you to do so without losing parts of the web page. The
Easy-PhotoPrint software also makes it easier to manipulate your photos
the way you want so that the print comes out just right.
Downsides of the Canon iP4300 Printer
Aside from all the
excellent features of this machine and its high quality output, there
are a few black marks against it in the form of some minor design flaws.
One drawback is the user interface. The control panel is not
particularly user friendly. The buttons and controls are not clearly
labeled to allow a new user to find their way around the printer
quickly and easily. Consulting the manual may be a regular activity in
the early days of ownership, especially if you’re not very
Consumer Response to the iP4300
All in all, it’s very hard to
find a machine that can produce better quality prints at a lower price
than the iP4300. One of the reasons users often recommend this model to
friends is the relatively inexpensive price of ink. Compared to other
competing models with similar features at a similar price, the iP4300
performs well when it comes to ink usage. Other points often praised
about this machine are the duplex printing capabilities, the speed and
quality of the output, and the usefulness of the software packages that
come with it.
One issue, however, that has caused a few headaches for consumers is
the fact that the machine will only function when all the ink
cartridges contain ink. That’s why it’s essential to keep spare
cartridges of each color on hand at all times, because if you run out
of one color (this is a five ink printer) you’ll be unable to print at