Canon Maxify iB4050
A fast inkjet printer that’s high on quality and low on costs
£100 Manufacturer Canon, canon.co.uk
Print resolution 600x1200dpi Pages per minute 19 (mono), 9 (colour) Connectivity USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet Dimensions 46.3x29x45.9cm
It’s not much to look at, but this is an affordable inkjet printer that provides good performance and quality for small businesses and people who work from home.
The design won’t win any awards, as it’s little more than a monolithic slab of black plastic, weighing about 10kg and measuring a bulky
46.3x29x45.9cm. But, to be fair, some of that bulk is because it includes two large paper trays, each with a capacity of 250 sheets – meaning you can use one tray for plain paper and another for envelopes or photo paper. There is no scanner, copier or fax though.
It does, however, work really well as a straightforward office printer. Canon quotes speeds of 23 pages per minute for mono printing and 15 for colour, although our tests came closer to 19 for mono and 9 for colour. That’s not bad for the price range, and the smooth text and colourful photo output means it can handle a wide range of tasks, too.
Running costs are also good. A multipack containing all four XL-size cartridges – cyan, magenta, yellow and black – only costs about £70 (about 1p per page for mono printing and 3.5p per page for colour). If all you need is a fast and affordable colour printer, then this is excellent value. Cliff Joseph
It’s a bit bulky, but the iB4050 includes two separate 25-sheet paper trays.