The Canon Pixma iP3500 inkjet printer offers impressive speed, very good output, and useful features for a low price.

The Canon Pixma iP3500 inkjet printer is ambitious, squeezing a lot of printer functionality into an inexpensive package. While it falls short in some ways, it's still a great value.

Printing quickly the Canon Pixma iP3500 is competent model. Plain-text pages exited at a brisk pace of 8.3 pages per minute (ppm), while photo-printing speeds ranged from 1.6ppm to 3.2ppm in our tests, about average overall.

On plain paper, even closely spaced fonts looked precise and nicely black, with just a little jaggedness in curvier letters. Most of the colour images we printed using the Canon Pixma iP3500 exhibited a yellow to orange cast, which made them look warmer and more attractive but also produced slightly odd flesh tones.

At rest, the Canon Pixma iP3500 looks like a shiny, black bread box. When it's time to print, an array of doors, flaps and panels reveals a versatile - if sometimes complicated - set of features.

The usual top-loading input tray takes a wide range of media sizes. The Canon Pixma iP3500's two-part output tray looks like an Evel Knievel jump: paper slides from a short tongue of plastic over a small bit of empty space toward a longer end piece. Nestled into the empty space is a second input tray that takes a few standard media sizes (A4, letter, B5); you could, for instance, load plain paper there and have the top input tray free for loading photo paper or labels.

The small crowd of tongues, trays, and extensions can be confusing - it's hard to tell where things go in or out - but the second input is still a nice bonus. The few controls (visible when the front door is open for normal operation) are scattered, and their icon-based labels are hard to decipher.

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