Product Type: Canon All in one Printer
Newest Review: ... of paper (even though you are looking right at a load of paper). This makes printing unreliable, time consuming, and very annoying. Consi... more
Jack of all trades, master of none
Canon Pixma MP170
Member Name: Thebaker50
Canon Pixma MP170
Advantages: Does many things...
The mp170 is an "all in one printer", boasting a scanner, photocopy, fax, printer etc. All this in one package. It sounds like a winner! Sadly, it doesn't do any of these things as good as a proper scanner/ proper printer etc. Here is the review:
Ok, starting with printing, the printer can do colour, and black and white, and replacing the ink is pretty easy. However, the paper is fed in via a slot (and can be expanded to size A3 or whatever you want). However, because of this, often the paper isn't fed properly through the machine, and frequently gets jammed up. If it doesn't get jammed, then either the paper gets creased horribly, the page gets printed at a weird angle, or the machine tells you that it is out of paper (even though you are looking right at a load of paper). This makes printing unreliable, time consuming, and very annoying. Considering that this is what most people will use this for, its a very bad negative already! It would be much better if they had a tray loaded system like most printers, as these do not have such bad problems (but then you couldn't expand to A3, but to be honest, who ever does for home use?).
Ok, the scanner. This lifts to top lid, and away you scan. This isn't too bad... but as there is no feeder system, you have to scan one page at a time. In a busy office, this is too slow, but its ok for home use. This is what confuses me about this printer. Its not a good enough printer for home use, but not a good enough scanner for office use, so its actual use confuses me. Although to be fair, you can use microsoft word image identification software to turn all text into a word format, which is pretty darn useful sometimes. And it does scan up to A3.
As for fax... well I have never sent a fax in my life, and do not intend to start with this. I don't feel like it would excel at it, as I imagine it would be similar to a photocopy.
As for a photocopier, this again is a bit failure. This is because the fact that to open the top lid presses on the papers that you loaded. So between every copy, you have to continously re-adjust the paper. To be honest, I find difficulty making it work, so what I do is scan every paper, then print off every paper in one go. Making the photocopy aspect useless.
On final point is that this thing is quite bulky, its very big due to being able to do a3. Although it may not be as bulky as a seperate scanner and printer.
So in summary, a real shame. This printer has real potential, but for 2 things, A the paper loading system is bad, and B the scan input could do with having 2 ways of scanning like most scanners. I get the feeling this was done for A3 capabilities, but I have never used A3 printing before ever, and don't intend to start. I would personally not go this again, and instead invest in a scanner (around £10-20 these days?) and a printer. This would be cheaper, and probably quicker. All you loose is fax and copy capabilities, but as I wouldn't even know how to send a fax (email is so much easier), and as the copy feature on this isn't all the great, you honestly won't miss much.
So in summary. Jack of all trades, master of none!
Summary: I would go seperate items
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