Canon Pixma IP4700 inkjet printer

A stylish inkjet printer that produces great output

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Canon Pixma IP4700
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  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    3.50 / 5 (of 2 Reviews)

Pros

  • Fast, great output, built-in duplexing, bundled Easy-PhotoPrint EX software

Cons

  • Some households might find a multifunction more appealing

Bottom Line

The Canon Pixma IP4700 really impressed us. It is a good quality inkjet printer that produces excellent results in a short amount of time. We also liked the fact that it was exceptionally quiet. If excellent prints are what you need and you aren’t in the market for either copying or scanning features, this is the ideal printer.

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The Canon Pixma IP4700 is Canon's latest inkjet printer that retains the glossy black casing of its predecessor, the Canon Pixma IP4600, and also features stylish gunmetal highlights.

The Canon Pixma IP4700 also retains some of the features we loved most about the IP4600, including two paper trays, the fact users are warned on their PC screen if the print output tray is closed and the ability to print on to DVDs and CDs using the included dedicated tray.

The device also offers a number of improvements over the IP4600. These include the addition of Auto Photo Fix II to the bundled Easy-PhotoPrint EX software. One of the chief advantages of this software is that it can be set to automatically correct colour, contrast and brightness without making the resulting prints either too dark or to light - something that's particularly tricky to adjust for with under-exposed images. The Canon Pixma IP4700 also has a built-in duplexing capability.

We found the Canon Pixma IP4700 very easy to set up and install. Once we'd inserted the five single inks (cyan, yellow, magenta and two blacks), in the same way as with the IP4600, we were able to install the bundled software and then connect the printer to our PC using USB. Then the software then took us step-by-step through aligning the printheads before we were able to start printing.

As well as USB connectivity, the Canon Pixma IP4700 offers PictBridge connectivity which allows you to print photos direct from a digital camera without first having to download them to a PC.

Canon says the Canon Pixma IP4700's biggest improvement is that it's faster than its predecessor and can print 9.2 images per minute in black and approximately 8.1ppm in colour. In our tests, the Canon Pixma IP4700 printed a mixed colour and graphics document in 21 seconds, while our nine-page text document took 51 seconds, equating to an output rate of 10.5ppm.

In Draft mode black text looked clear and sharp and images featured clear detailing. Colours looked slightly faded in draft mode but looked vivid and bright in Normal and Best modes. Photographs looked clear and sharp with god detailing and flesh tones depicted realistically.

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Harry

1

I bought one of these so i was able to pint on CD's. Not only did it print on CD's but it works like a charm printing dood quality and quick.
I have been pleased with my purchase of a IP4700.

W Reyneke

2

The printer is a ink hog.
It execute a head clean every time with a power on.
A set ink tanks is only good for 30 power on's regardless the amount of pages printed.
I printed about 25 B/W text pages over a period of time and all the color ink was gone.

This does not happen with the earlier models like the iP4500 that is a very economical printer

This is a clever trick by the manufacturer to boost their ink sales.
The ink tanks are also about 30% smaller at the same price

Sorry this is my last Canon

Mal Thomson

3

please advise new pixima number and if it uses the 521 and520 cartriges

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Adele McCormack

3.0

1

Pros
It does print beautifully when inks come through
Cons
The ink will stop coming through without warning. must be some circuit breakdown, happens to red only on mine. notice other people complain of different colours
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I love this model of printer and had an 1P4200 for several years, but wanted to upgrade as I had a big printing job ahead of me. This one though seems to have a problem with allowing the red ink to flow through the head. I bought a new head thinking that had clogged and was no able to be unclogged. But low and behold, again without warning the red, and only the red stops flowing mid print. I've seen other comments along these lines on blogs and noticeboards, perhaps its a problem with the circuitry not the print head.

len

4.0

2

Pros
depenable
Cons
not much
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the 4700 is my 6'th printer. I had many of a very popular competitor. though it printed beautiful photos, (which is what i want in a printer), if you left it on for more then 2 weeks, it clogged, and could not be cleaned. Ive left my 4700 on for months, and it prints first time, every time. I'll not buy any other brand. BTW, unless you're realty into photos, you might get more use from an all-in-one (The canon MP series)

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