Canon Pixma iP4600 review

Canon's mid-range printer has a speed boost

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Our Verdict

The iP4600 delivers gorgeous quality in a hurry. The extra turn of speed comes into its own when you have several or more photo prints you want to output


  • Super fast
  • Great image quality
  • Good value for money
  • Sturdy

Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the cheaper Canon iP3600, the Pixma iP4600 printer is exactly the same size and weight. It looks identical in almost every respect, although it also comes with an extra media tray for direct printing onto compatible CDs and DVDs.

More similarities include the fact that it runs exactly the same cartridges as you'll find in both the iP3600 and MP620 printers, with precisely the same running costs.

In common with the other Canon A4 printers, the iP4600 features a handy bottom input tray that slots under the printer, as well as a rear-mounted, vertical tray into which you can conveniently drop photo paper.

The advantages are that you don't have to empty out existing paper every time you want to switch between plain and photo paper. The latter can also be inserted face-up, so it's less prone to picking up dust and doesn't have to undergo a tight curl as it passes through the transport system.

The main difference between the iP4600 and the other two new-generation iP3600 and MP620 Canon printers is speed. Photo quality is stunningly good in all cases, with beautiful skin tones, voraciously vivid colour when required, and excellent tonal separation –but the iP4600 does it in about half the time.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed20 Second
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity301 sheets
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)26
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)21
Product FamilyPIXMA iP
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, B5, A5, Letter, Legal, DL Envelope, Envelope No. 10, Com10 Envelope, Credit Card, 100 mm x 180 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, Credit Card - 54 mm x 86 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed3
Number of Input Trays Supported3
Height153 mm
Width431 mm
Depth296 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Envelope, Photo Paper, Glossy Paper, High Resolution Paper, T-shirt Transfer, Photo Sticker, Matte Paper, CD/DVD Label
Product SeriesiP
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModeliP4600
Product NamePIXMA iP4600 Inkjet Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Manufacturer Part NumberIP4600
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Canon range topping PIXMA iP4600 Inkjet Printer makes creating beautiful, long lasting prints quick and easy, with extra media handling features for added versatility. Print text documents in mono or colour a pigment black ink delivers crisp, sharp text. Single or double-sided printing is possible with the auto duplex feature.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • PIXMA iP4600 Inkjet Printer
  • Software Media (Easy-PhotoPrint EX)
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.70 kg