Pros

  • Low price; economical inks
  • Comparatively fast at printing photos

Cons

  • Slow while printing text
  • No media slots

At A Glance

While the photo quality and speed are pleasing, the lack of media slots and the merely decent text speed are not.

Manufacturer’s Description

PIXMA iP4600 Photo Printer features a five-color ink system and a 4,416-nozzle print head that ejects precision droplets as small as 1 picoliter. Results in 9600 x 2400 color dpi resolution and exceptionally detailed photos. Four dye-based inks plus a pigment-based black ink deliver vivid color photos and bold, laser-quality text. Print borderless 4 x 6 photo in about 20 seconds. Print 26 monochrome pages per minute with 600 x 600 dpi and 21 color pages with 9600 x 2400 dpi. The two paper trays let you store photo paper in one, plain paper in the other, so you're always ready to print either photos or documents. Automatically print two-sided to save paper. Enrich your photos with Auto-Image Fix. Print wirelessly right from your infrared-enabled mobile camera phone. Photo printer offers USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and PictBridge interfaces. Energy Star qualified.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number 2909B002
Requirements
Operating System Compatibility Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 13803095012

Performance

PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Very Good
Print quality: Color photo Superior
Print quality: Grayscale photo Good
Copy quality n/a
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 7.3   ppm
Performance
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 20.45
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 41.92
Color Output Quality Good
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 22.78
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 22.44
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 106.35
Overall Scan Quality n/a
Sports Action Shot (secs) 31.71
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
One-Page Webpage (secs) 26.82
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 2.6
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 43.84
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 2.9
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 2.6
Line Art Output Quality Good