The Bottom Line
The Canon PIXMA iP4500 Photo Printer might be a better choice for a general-purpose color printer than a color laser printer. It’s not quite as good at printing text as most laser printers, but it’s better at printing photos and other color images.
The Canon PIXMA iP4500 has a port on the front for printing directly from PictBridge-compatible digital cameras, but oddly for a dedicated photo printer, it doesn’t have any slots for printing directly from memory cards.
Output quality is good to very good, but overall, the Canon PIXMA iP4500 Photo Printer is a little overpriced for what it offers.
- Very good to excellent photo output quality.
- Good to very good text and graphics output quality.
- Five ink colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and two blacks).
- Two paper inputs (up to 150 sheets each).
- Fast output speeds.
- A little pricey for what it offers.
- No media card slots.
- No LCD display for previewing photos.
- Package doesn’t include USB cable.
- Mac and Windows compatible
- Up to 600x600 dpi resolution (monochrome) and 9600x2400 dpi (color)
- USB 2.0 and PictBridge compatible
- Can print from infrared-enabled mobile camera phones
- Prints credit card (2.13" x 3.39"), 4" x 6", 4" x 8", 5" x 7", and 8" x 10" photos
- Prints letter and legal size paper, U.S. #10 envelopes, and photo stickers
- One-year warranty
Guide Review - Canon PIXMA iP4500 Photo Printer
Color laser printers are becoming increasingly affordable for home and home office use, but the cost of replacing a set of toner cartridges can still cause sticker shock. Despite its positioning as a photo printer, the Canon PIXMA iP4500 is also a pretty good general-purpose printer. Part of this is due to its five-color design. It uses four dye-based inks (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) plus a black pigment ink, for deep blacks and sharp text. The output quality of photos is very good to excellent, and per-print costs are reasonable.
The Canon PIXMA iP4500 can print a wide variety of photo sizes, ranging from credit card size to 8”x10”, as well as letter and legal size documents and business size (#10) envelopes. Output speeds for text and mixed text and graphics documents are about average, but output speeds for photos are decidedly above average.
The Canon PIXMA iP4500’s sleek design adds a touch of style to an office, and wastes little in the way of desktop space. It has minimal controls to clutter up its surface; just power and cancel/feed buttons; an input source button, for selecting which of the two available paper inputs you want to use; and a port for printing from PictBridge-compatible digital cameras. The buttons aren’t clearly labeled, but because there aren’t many to choose from, it doesn’t take long to figure out what’s what.
In addition to lacking media card slots, the Canon PIXMA iP4500 also doesn’t have an LCD display for previewing photos.
The two available paper inputs are a definite plus. Each can hold up to 150 sheets of plain paper. You can load one with the paper you use most often, and use the other to swap between paper types and sizes that you use less frequently.
The supplied CD includes an onscreen user manual that is thorough and well organized.