I have the 4500 & it's been the best printer I've had in a long time. I use chipped cartridges & they last ages. IMHO canon printers are streets in front of the agricultural Epsons I have used for the past few years.
I have a heap of cartridges in my cupboard but I never seem to need to change them despite doing a fair bit of printing.
Thankyou all very much for these suggestions. Actually my immediate need is over as my iP 4300 printer has suddenly started working again! It had a car journey to and from a repair chappy who announced that *he* couldn't clear the paper jam, either, and there was definitely no paper in it.
I thought that I would give it one last try before taking it to the dump, and hey presto! After four weeks of frustration, it works! Much relief all round.
The idea of the HP Laserjet 4L as a main printer is good, but I don't do all that much printing and think I will keep to the Canon with a portable Canon i80 as reserve.
I have an iP 3600 which, after nine months, has failed. The dealer has cleaned the print head but no decent photos appear. Distaff wanted Christmas pictures so I lashed out on an iP 4700. Fair results - not brilliant- ink use is moderate. I used to have an Epsom R220 which was brilliant but suffered from clogging. After the holiday season I will be tackling Canon about the iP3600 but I have been using some compatibles so I hear that there may be a problem. People keep telling me that Canon Printers are the best, overall. I doubt it.