Canon BJC S4500

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Canon BJC S4500

This printer is the ideal solution for engineers who want fast, convenient drafts; architects whose blue prints must not make the clients blue, artist...

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Review of "Canon BJC S4500"

published 25/03/2004 | Plymyphil
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"A3 format for a fair price"

When we were in the market for an A3 colour printer the choice seemed huge. Unfortunately on many printers, so did the price tag. In the under three hundred pounds bracket the choice of decent A3 printers is less impressive and therefore I am delighted to report that a few months after our purchase, we are more than satisfied with the price, reliability and range of features that this printer offers.

Why A3?
Firstly, before you decide on an A3 printer make sure you this is a necessary purchase. For most home users, the frequency of A3 printing is so low that the extra premium paid for a decent quality A3 printer will never be worthwhile. However, if your home or professional needs demand the regular need to print on larger than A4 format then you would do well to consider this offering from Canon.

What do you get for your money?
You get a printer that other than its width looks identical to most other Canon inkjet printers. It does of course require a little more desk space. (58cm X 33cm X 21cm) This is of course crucial information if this is a purchase for home as most home workstations don’t have such a large space aside for a printer.
The print quality and speed is similar to a budget level inkjet printer.
The resolution given is 1440dpi X 720dpi which is superbly adequate especially when considering the price. Text and business graphics are fine on A3 at this resolution, images have slight banding and the colour doesn’t seem quite so vivid as cheaper A4 inkjet printers. (Though this is marginal and for all but the most discerning user this should not be an issue.)
The printer connects to the computer through either parallel printer interface or USB. I use the USB connection and unless you are stuck with a machine that has no USB ports this is the most sensible option as USB communication is significantly faster than that obtained when using the parallel printer interface.
As with most inkjet printers, the printer will print direct to a huge variety of media and of course as an A3 printer also offers the ability to print on the media at much larger sizes.
This printer is connected to Microsoft Windows XP Professional but also has drivers for Windows 95/98, ME and 2000 plus drivers for Mac OS 8.1 or later.

Overall:
This is a budget printer and the speed and quality does communicate that fact. That said, there are other A3 inkjet printers available that offer similar quality for significantly more money. I believe that at the £289.99 we paid for this printer we have had good value for money and reliable service. To date – and this is tempting fate – we have had no problems with this printer. Shopping around should find the printer available slightly cheaper now. Overall this is a good buy for those in the market for a budget A3 printer.

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  • ilusvm published 06/12/2004
    i could have done with one of these when i was doing my textiles coursework! good review. Em x
  • richard_richard published 16/04/2004
    Yep, looks like pretty good value for money. Goop op! Cheers, Richard
  • WormThatTurned published 11/04/2004
    A good basic recommendation :)
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Product Information : Canon BJC S4500

Manufacturer's product description

This printer is the ideal solution for engineers who want fast, convenient drafts; architects whose blue prints must not make the clients blue, artists who need graphics which impress; small businesses that require a variety of professional documents and signs; accountants who insist on spreadsheets that really spread out; and restaurateurs who want to make sure their daily catch gets caught.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon BJC-S4500 - printer - colour - ink-jet

Printer Type: Personal printer - ink-jet - colour

Form Factor: Desktop

Weight: 6.8 kg, 7.1 kg

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Media Size Class: A3, A4/Legal

Max Media Size: A3 (297 x 420 mm), Letter Extra (243 x 337 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 297 mm x 420 mm, 216 mm x 356 mm

Print Speed: Up to 9 ppm - B/W ¦ Up to 6 ppm - colour

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 1440 x 720 dpi

Max Resolution ( Colour ): 1440 x 720 dpi

Interface: Parallel, USB

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, plain paper, glossy paper, photo paper, high-gloss film, high-gloss photo paper

Total Media Capacity: 100 sheets

Power: AC 120/230 V

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Apple MacOS 8.1 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Dimensions (WxDxH): 57.4 cm x 32.8 cm x 20.5 cm, 57.3 cm x 32.8 cm x 20.5 cm, 57.4 cm x 32.8 cm x 20.4 cm

RAM Installed ( Max ): 1 MB

General

MPN: BJS4500, S4500, 5861A004AA, Q30-3440BX

Printer Type: Personal printer - ink-jet - colour

Form Factor: Desktop

Enclosure Colour: White

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Printer

Print Speed: Up to 9 ppm - B/W ¦ Up to 6 ppm - colour

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Interface: Parallel, USB

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 1440 x 720 dpi

Max Resolution ( Colour ): 1440 x 720 dpi

PostScript Support: Not available

Media Handling

Media Path Type: Straight

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, plain paper, glossy paper, photo paper, high-gloss film, high-gloss photo paper

Media Size Class: A3, A4/Legal

Max Media Size: A3 (297 x 420 mm), Letter Extra (243 x 337 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 297 mm x 420 mm, 216 mm x 356 mm

Media Sizes: ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm), A5 (148 x 210 mm), B5 (176 x 250 mm), A3 (297 x 420 mm), Letter Extra (243 x 337 mm), A4 Long (210 x 348 mm)

Envelope Sizes: US No 10 (104.7 x 241.3 mm), International DL (110 x 220 mm), Com-10 (105 x 241 mm)

Total Media Capacity: 100 sheets

Media Feeder(s): 1 x autoload - 100 sheets - A3 (297 x 420 mm), 1 x autoload - 100 pages - A3 (297 x 420 mm), 1 x autoload - 100 pages - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm)

Card / Label Sizes: US 4 x 6 Card (10 x 15 cm), 101.6 x 152.4 mm

Duty Cycle

Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty: 2, 4

Cartridge / Printhead Duty Cycle: 390 pages, 900 pages

Expansion / Connectivity

Connections: 1 x parallel - 36 PIN Centronics ¦ 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type B

Power

Power Device: Power supply - internal, Power supply

Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V ± 10%

Frequency Required: 50/60 Hz

Power Consumption Operational: 30 Watt, 35 Watt

Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep: 3 Watt

Compliant Standards: EPA Energy Star

Software / System Requirements

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, Canon OfficeReady CC, Canon Photo

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Apple MacOS 8.1 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

Additional Requirements: CD-ROM

Min Hard Drive Space: 40 MB

Min RAM Size: 32 MB

Peripheral / Interface Devices: CD-ROM, USB port

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - carry-in, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Sound Emission: 48 dBA, 48 dB

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 57.4 cm, 57.3 cm

Depth: 32.8 cm

Height: 20.5 cm, 20.4 cm

Weight: 6.8 kg, 7.1 kg

Miscellaneous

Compliant Standards: Plug and Play

RAM

RAM Installed ( Max ): 1 MB

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