Canon Pixma iP4700

Blog Andy Shaw Feb 18, 2011

This all-rounder from Canon comes in just under £100.

Like its close rival, the Epson Stylus Pro P50, the appearance of this Canon printer is pared down to the basics. However, its configurability springs into life from the software control panel. The photo-printing test was a bit of a double-edged sword. It was in clear second place to the Epson prints, producing images that were a tad dark for our tastes. While the default settings could be tinkered with to brighten them, it's a bit annoying to have to keep doing it.

Meanwhile, it printed letters at an average speed although these proved to be of high quality, making the Pixma a bit of an all-rounder. Individual colour cartridges mean there's no waste and it houses a second, larger black reservoir for better-value printing. A commendable Jack-of-all-trades.