Canon Max­ify iB4050

A fast inkjet printer that’s high on qual­ity and low on costs

Mac Format - - KIT RATED -

£100 Man­u­fac­turer Canon,

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.

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