Canon PIXMA IX4000 Review

The Canon PIXMA iX4000 offers an interesting feature set when it comes to the paper it can handle and the speed of output, although as we’ll find out, it’s not quite as fast as the Canon.

The iX4000 prints at 4800 x 1200 dpi with drop sizes down to 2 picoliters (two billionths of a liter), which means that even though it uses just four inks, the end result is exceptional for images, text and photos. Canon FINE (Full Photolithography Nozzle Engineering) used to produce very precise nozzles for ink droplets to pass through.

Add to this the use of four individual ink tanks based on ChromaLife100 dyes and the permanence of the print is about 30 years when a print is hung eg framed on the wall or 100 years if perhaps stored in a album, as described in the Canon test. methods. You get a high capacity black, then the “regular” cyan, magenta and yellow inks.

In terms of connectivity, the iX4000 provides PictBridge support for all digital camera models designed with it (and Canon cameras do) along with a USB2 port. interface, although disappointingly the printer does not feature a USB cable, which seems unusual, but possibly simply because most buyers of this printer will switch to smaller printers (eg A4).

Installing the iX4000 is fairly easy but rather slow, the drivers and full software taking about 20 minutes to load, just after you’ve unpacked the printer from its many bits of Styrofoam, plastic, and tape; installed the user-replaceable print head and placed the inks in their particular slots inside the print head.

However, when you’re ready to go, a quick printhead alignment is needed to ensure the device is printing with maximum precision and you’re out and about. Canon claims print rates of around 18 ppm and 14 ppm for monochrome and color documents along with a variety of text, graphics, and images, respectively. However, when you want to stretch the printer’s photo printing legs, things slow down.

However, you will find a couple of strange factors that will seem a bit out of place. One is the mode in the print driver that “helps prevent paper from scratching”. Why exactly would you want the paper to be scratched? High-gloss papers can mark at the best of times, so this should be on and not off by default; Or why not just make the printer make sure it can’t ever wear out the paper to begin with?

And there’s a bottom plate cleaning operation that should be done routinely to prevent ink from coming out borderless, which in turn doesn’t mark the back of your prints on the paper. It’s especially crucial if you’re going from, say, borderless A4 printing to larger A3 printing; you may get ink marks on the back of your prints if this is not completed sometimes.

When it comes to output, using Canon Photo Paper Pro in conjunction with the printer’s Super Fine print settings, a borderless A4 image print requires approximately 10 minutes. Switch to A3 borderless and yes, it (almost) doubles.

However, the wait is worth it. Since it is a four ink cartridge printer and quite a few photo printers these days use light inks eg light magenta and cyan or perhaps use additional inks that extend the color gamut eg red, purple or black With additional features, the iX4000 creates excellent quality photographic prints.

Detail is excellent and the subtlety of skin tones, highlights and shadows are well represented. Overall, it’s a complete and flexible package that will be right at home printing graphics and text for “office” style tasks or printing high-quality photos.

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