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Old 07-12-2011, 04:22 AM
 
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Canon PIXMA MX Printer

Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Currently 5.0/5.0

As a firm believer in all things Canon, I purchased this printer from their online store last year, for $488+. It is their PIXMA MX 700 model. Apparently introduced on the market in 2007, CNET gave it a 4-star rating, because it was missing the duplex and advanced fax features. Interesting to note that several users gave it a poor 2-star award. I have a suspicion that some people don't like to read instructions, and blame machines for "misbehaving" when, in fact, instructions have been neglected. It's a sleek, dark gray with a simple metallic edge line and is a solidly built machine. There's a cover over the automatic document feeder that keeps that area free of dust. I keep a piece of heavy-duty plastic over the whole thing for that purpose as the ejection space in front is large. Speaking of the ejection space, it's really handy that everything, the top opening, operating panel and ejection space are so conveniently located that it can sit width-wise on the counter--so the finished copies are coming out with room to spare.
The printing quality is excellent and it has a 30-sheet capacity. Since it's not quite a year old, all I can say is that it's been very reliable as of this date, and performs exactly as expected. Once understood, the functionality is apparent and again, reading the instructions is what determines the successful use of this machine. I work at home, so the only drawback is that it uses ink fairly quickly. To save ink, I keep the properties on "grayscale" printing and it still produces an easily read document. As an ink jet model, the print product is handsome and exceeded my expectations. The "bleed factor" is not apparent until it's put under a heavy-duty magnifying glass, and the color prints are wonderful, if the right paper is used. You can't expect a gorgeous print on cheap paper. The Canon will perform, but it requires attention to details when calling on its capabilities.

Review by professional reviewer, Dec. 8, 2010
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