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Canon PIXMA iP4850 - Feature Table

By Simon Williams


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January 30, 2011, 2:20 pm

Still have an old Canon ip4300, it works very well so is there any point in buying this in that its significantly better?

Canon cartridges are way too expensive though. Also the startup time from cold to printing a document is an eternity, how does this printer do on that front?


January 30, 2011, 3:03 pm

What exactly is the difference between this and previous models?

I love Canon printers and now own several. However, Canon has a nasty habit of releasing newer models for the sake of it. This just leads to confusion and several models of ink cartridges - pushing up costs.

Come on Canon - you make great printers, but go easy on the model cycle - it can't be very good for your 'Green Credentials' for developing so may models.

Martin Daler

January 31, 2011, 12:39 am

@Prem. I think the only difference is that this is a new model, period. It really is no different from my 5+ year old IP5200R. But, being new, it gets reviewed on TR, it gets reviewed in the magazines, and that is where people looking to buy a new printer look. Who buys a 5+ year old model - we drive this insanity.


January 31, 2011, 5:54 am

It seems like the reverse is true at the top end of the Canon range, with the wide format units. The difference between the x300 series now and the W6400/6200 of five years ago is amazing, and there has been 3 model releases in that time, the x000 series in 06, then the x100 series in 07 and the x300 series in 2010. The print quality has improved massively, with twice the number of inks and all the old bugbears of inkjet printing pretty much banished. The printers are laden with ever more features too. The same applies to HP and Epson as well.

The consumer inkjets of today are pretty much identical to the ones 5 years ago, the only real addition has been wifi - It's only when it packs in that anyone replaces them. The churn in models is needed so it makes your printer look out of date in the hope you'll buy another.

Martin Daler

February 1, 2011, 12:31 am

@Mattj, you'd be right about the new models only adding wifi over the 5 year old models, except that my 5+ yr old IP5200R has....wifi :) And ethernet, duplex, CD printing, twin paper trays, plus a strange water-drop style logo over a front USB port - no idea what that is! I really truly don't see anything new in the new models.

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