Canon Pixma ip4200 vs ip5200

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  1. Defenestration

    Defenestration Registered Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    I'm about the purchase a new inkjet printer and have narrowed my search down to either the Canon Pixma ip4200 or the Pixma ip5200. From what I can gather the differences are:

    1) ip5200 has much larger print head with 3584-nozzles compared to ip4200 print heqad which has 1856-nozzles.

    The larger print head means the ip5200 can print faster, and should theoretically suffer less from banding due to less passes being made.

    2) ip5200 is faster:

    - ip5200 can print borderless 4" x 6" in approx 36 secs, compared to approx 51 secs.

    - ip5200 prints up to 30 ppm (Max), 15 ppm (Std) in Mono, compared to 29 ppm (Max), 14.7 ppm (Std) in Mono

    - ip5200 prints up to 24 ppm (Max), 11.7 ppm (Std) in Colour, compared to 19 ppm (Max), 10.7 ppm (Std) in Colour

    3) ip5200 uses more ink according to Canon specifications.

    Are there any other differences ?

    Also, I don't understand why the ip5200 would use more ink, since even though it has more ink nozzles, surely it must expel the same amount of ink as the ip4200. Or is it the case that the more nozzles a print head has, the more ink it uses ?

    Am I right in thinking that a replacement print-head for an ip5200 will cost quite a bit more than one for an ip4200 ?

    If so, how much are the replacements print heads ?

    Last of all, which one would you recommend I choose, and why ?
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