Canon PIXMA iP4700 review

Straightforward printing with the emphasis on speed and quality, rather than frills

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Canon pixma ip4700

Compact, neatly styled and solidly built, the iP4700 is an inkjet printer pure and simple, without the all-in-one extras that currently seem to be in vogue. But unless you really need your printer to be a photocopier or fax machine as well, it's got a great deal to offer.

We liked

Dual input trays save swapping between plain paper and photo paper, the CD/DVD printing tray works really well, auto duplexing is a tree-hugging bonus, print speeds are positively racy and quality is immaculate for both document printing and photo output.

The iP4700 is easy to live with. We've been using ours for several months now and we've not once suffered a single blocked print head nozzle. The printer just goes about its business quickly, quietly and efficiently, every time.

We disliked

Built around the new generation of Canon ink cartridges, running costs are higher than some previous models but are still in line with inkjet printers from the likes of Brother, Epson, HP and Lexmark.

Other than that, the only missed trick is that there's no Wi-Fi compatibility, which would have been nice.

Verdict

For reliability, ease of use, speed, versatility and sheer quality, the iP4700 is currently the best bare-bones printer on the market.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed20 Second
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity300 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)8.1
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)9.2
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, Com10 Envelope, Credit Card, Credit Card - 54 mm x 86 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity300 sheets
Height153 mm
Width431 mm
Depth296 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Envelope, Photo Paper, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Paper, Matte Paper, High Resolution Paper, T-shirt Transfer, Photo Sticker, Borderless Media
Product SeriesiP
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModeliP4700
Product NamePIXMA iP4700 Inkjet Photo Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Manufacturer Part Number3742B008AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The PIXMA iP4700 is the ultimate A4 photo printer, offering superior photo quality and fast document printing alongside extra features print straight onto a DVD or make double sided prints with ease. The PIXMA iP4700 is a premium A4 printer that combines speed with superb photo quality output. Produce stunningly detailed, full colour photographs as well as professional looking business documents.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • PIXMA iP4700 Inkjet Photo Printer
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.70 kg