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Canon Pixma iP4300 review roundupIn the dorm room or in the home office, the new Canon PIXMA iP4300 Photo Printer and PIXMA MP510 Photo All-In-One offers affordable solutions to photo and document printing needs. Just in time for the back-to-school season, both devices break price barriers by offering valuable yet useful features like individual ink tanks with the smart LED system and advanced paper handling capabilities.

CNET reviewed Canon Pixma iP4300 printer and wrote:
"Our tests of the auto duplex feature were equally as impressive. A four-page PDF file printed in just under 2 minutes. Text quality for headings and body content was sharp, and a map which featured in the printout had high definition and was easy to read even though it was quite a small B/W picture. In our opinion, not too shabby text printing results for a printer that prides itself on its colour photo printing capabilities. In total, we were able to print 20 A4 high resolution colour photos, 10 B/W A4 photos and over 120 5x7 and 4x6 prints before the printer gave a warning through its flashing LED light that the ink cartridge level were getting low. Even after the ink warning there were still no obvious visual signs of colour degradation in our prints. Those that featured a lot of light causing background gradients were clean and smooth; skin tones were realistic and didn't appear to be either sunburnt, too pale or washed out; and there were no obvious signs of noise in the darker regions of close up photographs. In short, all of our photos were clear and detailed."
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PC World reviewed Canon Pixma iP4300 printer and wrote:
"This printer combines useful features and solid performance, but the design seems intended for sharp-eyed people only. Controls are labeled with small, unintuitive icons that do not clearly indicate their functions. Markings for the PictBridge port and the flat-mounted input tray are in almost the same color as the surrounding plastic, which makes them hard to read. Though printed and HTML-based documentation for this printer is generally good, the Easy Setup Instructions poster doesn't always make things easy. It assumes that you know what and where all the parts are (for a detailed explanation, you must consult the HTML-based guide). An illustration of how to adjust the paper size in the tray mounted beneath the printer fails to explain how all the sliders work--and they're tricky."
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Good gear guide reviewed Canon Pixma iP4300 printer and wrote:
"Though printed and HTML-based documentation for this printer is generally good, the Easy Setup Instructions poster doesn't always make things easy. It assumes that you know what and where all the parts are (for a detailed explanation, you must consult the HTML-based guide). An illustration of how to adjust the paper size in the tray mounted beneath the printer fails to explain how all the sliders work--and they're tricky. Canon throws in some useful bundled software. Easy-PhotoPrint and PhotoRecord let you edit, organize, and print digital photos. Easy-WebPrint helps you format and print Web content so it doesn't run off the page."
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In the dorm room or in the home office, the new Canon PIXMA iP4300 Photo Printer and PIXMA MP510 Photo All-In-One offers affordable solutions to photo and document printing needs. Just in time for the back-to-school season, both devices break price barriers by offering valuable yet useful features like individual ink tanks with the smart LED system and advanced paper handling capabilities. The PIXMA MP510 model provides consumers with both great photos and the resourcefulness of a multi-function device that copies and scans, for a manufacturer’s suggested list price of $250(available in September). With the PIXMA iP4300 printer, consumers can create long lasting lab quality photos from an exceptional every-day printer for a manufacturer’s suggested list price of $200(available in September).
Canon gives consumers more options for their photo printing needs, and offers them a choice of great photos from a single-function or a multi-function device,” said Ian Macfarlane, Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. Inc. “Now all generations can explore the versatility of a multi-function device or the speedy simplicity of the single-function home photo printer.

The PIXMA MP510 Photo All-In-One: Universal Idea for the University or Home
The MP510 Photo All-In-One copies, scans and makes high quality photo prints without taking up a lot of space.  Even the 1.9-inch colour LCD display folds down to form a flush surface, exposing a machine that compliments any workspace with its rounded corners and elegant design. Two paper trays are built-in, which increase paper capacity and/or house different types of paper to suit printing needs.  Users can also find card slots on the front of the machine for direct photo printing from supported memory cards, or a PictBridge port for compatible digital cameras or DV camcorders. 

When printing, the MP510 Photo All-In-One can yield a borderless 4 x 6 inch photo in as little as 47 seconds[4].  With a minimum two-picolitre droplet print head design and a resolution maximum of 4800 x 1200 color dpi[5], text and documents are crisp and clear, while photos are perfect for framing. The MP510 model, as well as all new PIXMA products, support the new 8 x 10 inch sized Photo Paper Pro (manufacturer’s suggested list price $25) and Semi-Gloss (manufacturer’s suggested list price $16) specialty papers being introduced by Canon this Fall.  The MP510 Photo All-In-One’s copy and scan features increase overall productivity.  As an example, Canon’s Z-lid feature allows for easy scanning of bulkier objects like personal notebooks, by lifting vertically and laying flat, improving overall scan quality.

The PIXMA MP510 Photo AIO employs advanced copy technology to help give the user amazing reproductions of original images and documents.  Dual Color Gamut Processing Technology improves colour accuracy by independently controlling brightness, hue, and other elements to make sure that there are minimal differences between the original and the copy.  In addition, with Text and Image Separation Technology, the system can actually differentiate text from an image, making black text and fine lines dark and sharp when printed with pigment black ink.  Now when black text appears over an image, the text on the following generations of copies can be virtually as clear as the first.  These technologies plus hardware improvements in scanning and printing can help make a copy almost indistinguishable from the original.

The PIXMA iP4300 Printer: Single Function Simplicity
As a follow-up to Canon’s award-winning PIXMA iP4200 model, the new PIXMA iP4300 Photo Printer builds upon that success, delivering ease of use, reliability and overall improvements in design.  Canon designed this printer for consumers that want great photos with no compromise on text speed or quality.  The printer features four dye-based ink tanks, plus a pigment black ink tank, which deliver sharp text and professional-grade documents, making the iP4300 printer optimal for everyday tasks like printing web pages, text documents, and presentations.  With the front panel PictBridge port, consumers can directly connect any PictBridge enabled digital camera or DV camcorder to print beautiful photos with high-intensity vivid colours.  The ChromaLife100 system2 helps ensure that the photos will last, while the individual ink tanks also incorporate the Smart LED system to alert the user to low ink levels and to easily troubleshoot issues.
The printer delivers lab quality photos, thanks to a print head that incorporates the Canon FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology with 3,584 precision nozzles that produce a dazzling 9600 x 2400-color dpi5 maximum resolution, with droplets as small as one picolitre.  Resolution this high is a first in a product at this price point in the Canon Line-up.  More nozzles mean faster printing. The PIXMA iP4300 Photo Printer blazes through lab quality borderless 4 x 6 inch photos in an astounding 36 seconds4.  For printing of important documents, print speeds can reach up to 30ppm for that black and white term paper or up to 24ppm for that full color presentation4.  Besides saving time, the printer also saves paper with Auto-Duplexing, which can print on both sides of a sheet of paper.

ChromaLife100 System
These newest PIXMA models use the Canon ChromaLife100 system, including the FINE print head technology for great photo printing.  When using select genuine Canon photo papers and inks, prints can resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album. The up to 100-year-lifespan rivals that of many traditional film based photos, long considered by consumers to be the benchmark for image permanence.  Prints produced on Canon Photo Paper Pro with ChromaLife100-compatible inks have an up to ten-year gas fastness when exposed to open air.  Prints created with the ChromaLife100 system, comprised of genuine Canon ink and photo paper like Photo Paper Pro or Photo Paper Plus Glossy, have up to 30-year lightfastness when displayed under glass.

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