Canon PIXMA iP4300 review
thermal inkjet, 30.0ppm print speed, USB Hi-Speed, PictBridge USB, 160x445x303
Canon's PIXMA iP4300 won our Best Buy award in Labs, Shopper December 2006.
It takes five separate ink cartridges, including both pigment black for document printing and dye-based black for photographs. There is a rear paper input and a lower storage cassette, which each hold 150 sheets of A4. However, we found it slightly fiddly to load paper into the rear tray correctly. Although the output tray looked flimsy, it held our prints securely. There's also a PictBridge port that allows you to print photos directly from a digital camera.
The iP4300's normal-quality text mode produced sharp, dark lettering, and we were impressed by its print speed, which equals that of many laser printers. Its draft-quality speed was also fast, but although the draft text was still sharp, it wasn't quite as dark as we would have liked. Print speed in our mixed colour test was excellent, and the documents had dark, well-defined colours and clear black text.
The iP4300 produced high-quality photo prints at high speed. We were pleased with the print quality of our picture of a clear summer sky and how well the printer coped with bright colours. It also produced deep black tones, and accurate prints of detailed images with little graininess. Skin tones and bright colours were slightly oversaturated in places, and a yellow tint detracted from the realism of some photos.
Unusually for such an inexpensive printer, the iP4300 includes an automatic duplex unit. Duplex printing produced professional-looking results, but took over three times longer than normal draft mode.