Canon Pixma iP6000Dfor more info. In a nutshell the difference is the iP4000/4000R is a 5-color speed demon (iP4000R has 802.11g wireless capability) it also has both USB and parallel port so it's Windows 95 and NT compatible, the iP5000 has 1-picoliter size ink droplets for grain-free photos, the iP6000D is a 6-color printer with standalone capabilities and the iP8500 is an 8-color narrow carriage version of the top of the line i9900 printer. From high-resolution photos to everyday text and color printing tasks, the Pixma iP6000D is an excellent printer. It's reasonably priced ($179 suggested retail), quiet and versatile. The built-in duplexer (two-sided printing) is great for web page or document printouts and saves lots of wasted paper. It's also great for printing 2-sided professional looking photo albums, sales flyers, catalogs or whatever. The dual top and bottom paper trays are very handy. Use the auto sheet feeder on the top for plain paper and put your photo paper in the lower cassette where it's kept safe inside of the printer and away from dust, moisture and etc. If you're on a printing spree, both the top and bottom trays can be loaded with up to 150 sheets of plain paper each and the printer can be set to auto-switch trays when one goes empty. The big attraction of the iP6000D is its computer-free printing capabilities. Direct printing from most popular flash memory cards is quick and easy with preview, adjustment and cropping on the big 2.5-inch color monitor. It's also PictBridge compatible, most current 2004 digicams can be plugged into the front USB port for direct printing from the camera. And finally, there's an IrDA (infrared) receiver port on the front that allows compatible cellphones to wirelessly transmit JPEG images for printing. (Sorry, I don't have one of these phones so I couldn't tell you how well it worked or how long it took.) The printing quality is on par with Canon's previous 6-color printers (the i960 and i9100) and uses exactly the same Canon ink tanks. I hate to sound like a broken record but, the prints from the iP6000D are the equal of anything that you'd get from the best photo inkjet printers. The 4x6", 5x7" and letter-size prints on Canon Photo Paper Pro glossy media look like professional photo lab prints. But, as with all injket-produced prints, they will fade faster than dye sub or wet-processed photo prints. , the iP6000D is still a good performer. Here's some average print times using the same 3-megapixel JPEG image, Canon Photo Paper Pro glossy media and the different printing modes.
As you can see, the print times are very similar no matter which input source was used. This speaks volumes for the printer's internal processing power, older model printers used to take almost twice as long to print directly from a memory card as they did from a computer. I also noted little difference in the print times between glossy and matte media types.