The Canon Pixma iP4950 is a straightforward photo-orientated inkjet printer that offers automatic two-sided printing. It also has an adaptor tray that lets you print directly to CD or DVD discs.
It uses five ink cartridges for better photo printing performance and can be bought online for around £65.
The iP4950 is quite an attractive-looking printer. The glossy piano-black finish used on all of its surfaces gives it a more upmarket feel than a lot of competing products. We also like the way Canon has curved the edges, as it stops this model from just looking like a big, black rectangular box.
When closed up it's quite petite. As you fold out the paper trays its footprint starts to sprawl. The cassette-style tray at the bottom extends 85mm out of the chassis, while the vertical feeder tray at the back needs around 120mm of clearance.
Both of these trays can accept up to 150 sheets at a time and it's good to see dual trays on a model with such a modest asking price.
The printer can automatically sense what type of paper is in each tray. This is handy as you can keep A4 paper in one, while using the other for photo paper. The software driver will automatically select between them.
In the box you'll find a special plastic adaptor that you can load your CDs and DVDs onto for direct printing. Once your media is in place, the tray slides into a slot found behind the door on the front of the machine.
Sadly there's no screen. The only two controls are the power and cancel buttons. It also lacks a memory card reader. Thankfully it does have a PictBridge-compatible USB port, so you can print photos directly from cameras.