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Not everyone wants a bit on the side. Sometimes you might fancy a burger without fries and a medium sized fizzy drink, or maybe you'd like to buy a loaf of bread without getting another one for half price. It pays to only buy what you need so why spend extra on a printer that has a built-in scanner, memory card slots, colour LCD and maybe even a fax machine and drinks dispenser, when all you want to do is to print stuff from your computer? The iP4700 aims to give you premium quality document and photo printing without the gimmicks.Until a few years ago, inkjet printers sat resolutely in one of two camps. The four-ink printers in business suits were all about hard-nosed document and spreadsheet printing, while their arty and flamboyant six-ink cousins were into photos. That all changed with the introduction of Canon's five-ink printing system, which combined both dye-based and pigment-based black inks with dye-based cyan, magenta and yellow inks. The idea was that the pigment-based black ink would give rich, strong text for documents, as well as adding depth and contrast to photo output. In practice, it worked so well that several generations of the so-called ContrastPlus systems followed, the latest of which is embodied in the iP4700, and has also been copied by HP in printers like the Photosmart Premium C309G.
The Canon Pixma iP4700 color inkjet printer costs just $100 (as of March 29, 2010), but it offers some impressive features for the price--and reasonable ink costs. It would be a solid choice for a student or a busy family. Performance is good. The speed in our tests was reasonable: 7.4 pages per minute for text, 3.3 ppm overall with a variety of graphics, and 1.4 ppm printing photos. Using Canon's own glossy paper for photos, the iP4700 excelled in color accuracy and detail. A stop-action shot and a nature scene both looked pleasingly sharp and vivid. Plain paper offered more challenges: The people in our group portrait appeared excessively pink, for instance. Text pages rendered in an appealingly dark black, though with slight fuzziness around the characters and lines. The printer's compact profile contains some surprising features, most notably an automatic duplexer for easy two-sided printing, plus two 150-sheet input trays: a shallow, front-loading cassette for plain paper only, and a rear, vertical tray for all other kinds of media. The output tray, which unfolds from the front, holds 50 pages. Each tray is made entirely of plastic and flexes easily; the paper guides are also plastic.