The Pixma iP3600 gets some praise in reviews as a basic inkjet printer, but reviewers usually prefer the Canon Pixma iP4820 (*Est. $80), which includes an automatic duplex function (the ability to print on both sides of a piece of paper simultaneously). An issue that comes up with all inexpensive printers is the cost of replacement ink, which can quickly eclipse the cost of the printer. To replace the five ink cartridges costs about $65. While some say photo prints are good in relation to the printer's price, some mention a yellowish tint. Owner reviews are scarce, but some note difficulty with setup.
We rank About.com's coverage of the Canon Pixma iP3600 as best. Hands-on use is apparent, and Peter Piazza's buying advice makes sense. As of this writing, there are more than 50 owner reviews on Amazon.com. We've also included some reviews of the older iP3500 from CNET and PC World.
About.com's guide to printers and scanners, Peter Piazza, reviews the Canon Pixma iP3600 after hands-on use and recommends spending about $20 more for the iP4600, which has duplex printing. Otherwise, the iP3600 produces "beautiful color prints" for a cheap initial price. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Canon Pixma iP3600 Color Photo Printer, Peter Piazza
More than 50 owner reviews are posted for the iP3600 at this writing, with more than 40 percent giving the printer 5 out of 5 stars. Some 1-star reviews say the iP3600 was dead on arrival, while the handful of other less-than-impressed users say setup was difficult, but the printer worked fine afterward.
Review: Canon iP3600 Inkjet Photo Printer, Contributors to Amazon.com
This review of the older, but very similar iP3500, says the print quality is great for a cheap, home-use inkjet printer if your needs are basic. About 10 user reviews combine for a lower rating with really no consensus on complaints, although paper jams are the most common gripe.
Review: Canon Pixma iP3500, Felisa Yang, Oct. 15, 2007
4. PC World
This review gives the older Canon Pixma iP3500 a "very good" rating despite yellowish skin tones and a lack of duplex printing. A handful of owner reviews combine for four out of five stars.
Review: Canon Pixma iP3500, Melissa Riofrio, Nov. 28, 2007