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The Canon PIXMA MP190 is an all-in-one printer with a variety of extra features. I have owned this printer for 3/4 years and never had any problems with it - we actually have a total of three in our house (perhaps a little excessive) and have always found them reliable.
The printer can print, copy and scan items. The printing is always quick and clear and I can't say I've ever had any issues with it. The copying function on the printer is very useful although I do worry about how much ink it uses up in the process as the letting often comes out very thick. That said it is something I use on a fairly frequent basis and as it can do colour and black and white copies it serves many purposes. The scanning is probably the function I use most regularly - the scanning space on top of the printer is large so you can fit 2 A4 pieces of paper (or a large book) inside the scanner at one time. The lid has a flexible edge that extends to accommodate larger items which is very useful - especially because I scan in a lot of books for my uni course. The scanned images are always very clear and crisp - although you do have to watch out for dust/debris on the scanning panel as this effects the quality of your image.
The printer also boasts a photolab which can print photos in 'approximately 70 seconds' according to Canon. I have used this once (as the printer came with some printer paper) and did find it quick and straight forward to use. I have not tried to do this again as I find photo paper can be relatively expensive and I tend not to develop photos anyway - but for someone who is interested in printing their own photos this could be a very useful feature.
In terms of using the printer with my laptop it is always very quick and easy. You use a CD to install the software on your computer (which took no longer than 15 mins) and you are ready to go. The directions are easy and once you get to grips with how the scanning/photo printing work it is all relatively problem free. It can be set up for more than one computer which is a great help as I often use my laptop to print from the different printers in the house depending on which one is closest!
In terms of the look of the printer I think it is very appealing. The printer is predominantly black and grey and looks very nice (although I do store mine out of sight). In terms of size I would say this is the only downfall of the product. It is rather cumbersome in size and can be quite difficult to move around the house/in and out of storage. In terms of scanning though the size of the printer directly relates to how large an item you can scan in - so although it can be heavy and looks a little unsightly I would not change the size as it help you to get a better image.
The prices really do vary - and because this model is a few years old you can actually get them much more cheaply than you could when we first purchased it. The printer cartridges however are as expensive as almost all of them tend to be - you can find cheaper versions in big supermarkets. I do find that the printer demands you change the printer cartridge more than you actually need to - there is a button to override this and continue to use the dwindling ink, I always find it lasts for another 5-10 prints before running out completely.
Overall I would definitely recommend this printer for anyone who is looking for a reliable item with very little upkeep. I am not particularly computer savvy (not sure whether this comes across in my review!) but I find this printer VERY simple to use and have never experienced one of those frustrating moments where you want to chuck it out the window.
Over the years I've tried a few different printers, however they've all let me down in one way or another, like being too slow, jamming or just not doing the job right! I bought this printer because it is an all in one, so it prints, scans and copies things. Also, being a Canon, I thought it'd have good picture quality.
The printer itself is quite large, perhaps a bit bigger than the average printer, however is relatively compact when you think about how much it does! It has a grey and black exterior, with 9 buttons and some lights on the front. It has a lift top (to reveal the scanning 'screen') and the whole top unit lifts again in order for you to be able to change the ink cartridges.
The set up is simple really, as long as you follow the disk you're given and the step-by-step manual to setting it up and getting your ink cartridges installed, it's fairly straightforward and easy!
I've used all 3 functions (print, scan and copy) and they all work marvellously! To copy all you do is select how many copies, the size and whether it's in colour or black and white and press 'scan' and you're ready to go, its so simple!
Scanning is a bit more tricky, you have to use some software that came with it to choose what type of item you're scanning (colour photo, black and white photo, text, etc.), but then all you have to do is click scan and it imports it to a folder for you. The scan quality is really good too!
Printing is great, obviously some of the quality is also down to the paper you use, but it prints colours and black and white well.
Changing cartridges is also so simple - when you see the warning like for b (black) or c (colour) on the printer, all you do is lift the top, push down on the cartridge to release it, and click in a new one! After you've changed a cartridge there are no messy 'smudge' lines and it resumes printing as perfectly as before.
One of the only problems is that it doesn't come with the USB to attach the printer to the computer, which is a pain if you didn't know that there wasn't going to be one included, and ink can be quite expensive. However, all in all it's a great printer to have and it hasn't let me down yet!
As an all-in-one printer, it's quite bulky and takes up a lot of room on a desk - not a desirable feature, but very much an inevitable one. As a design though, it's quite sleek and modern, and everything folds down into quite a neat box. The external buttons and small screen are there for very minimal use, just minor selections on paper, colour, copying and scanning. But they are a decent style, easy enough to understand and not too small, meaning pressing one button isn't pressing five.
The use of the printer is straight forward, basically the same as all overs. Paper goes in one end, printed paper comes out the bottom (onto a tray which thankfully doesn't lead to paper falling everywhere). Using the scanner or copier is pretty easy too, pretty much a case of pressing a couple of clearly marked buttons - nothing complicated at all and easily done.
I think I've had a fair amount of ink out of this printer for how much I've used in the time it's taken for the ink to run out. I'm sorry I can't estimate the amount, but it was a lot of continuous printing of printouts onto cheap paper, and definitely ran into the hundreds.
I originally thought, after having a vague look around, that Canon printer ink was relatively cheap. Well, that might be the case for some models, but it's certainly not the case for this one. Don't be fooled into thinking that typically cheap printers and typically cheap ink means that ink for your printer is going to be cheap.
I paid just under £40 for this printer, which is definitely down there on the scale for all-in-one printers. It's not quite the cheapest I've seen, and I've seen deals where for an extra £5 will get you a wireless all-in-one, but it definitely counts as cheap for what you get.
Though I do think you should always take into consideration the cost of ink when you evaluate how 'cheap' a printer is. So, overall, the printer is still a good deal in terms of cost, but there is better out there. I'd still recommend it all the same though, as I've not had better look with other typically cheap printers, specifically epson. So although the ink cost is a massive negative, it's still been a good deal overall.
I have just bought and finished installing this printer, so I have decided to share my views on it. I bought it at the local Tesco Extra, after some research I found that they offered it at the lowest price, at £30. I also got 10% as they only had the display one left in store. However, as I bought it in store I did not get free delivery and had to carry it the 2 miles home, something I wont recommend if your arms get tired easily.
It comes in a large box, and is well packaged so it does not rattle about in the box. You are provided with the Pixma MP190 printer, 2 ink cartridges (one black and one colour), setup CD-ROM, Printed documents and a power cord. You will need to buy a separate USB cable to connect the printer to your laptop or PC, something I found out to my annoyance after carrying it all the way home and excited to get started. However, you can get USB cables fairly cheaply, I got one locally at a pound store for 99 pence. Tesco where selling them for £4, so I made a tidy saving not going back.
The printer start up and installation is fairly easy and quick. The instructions are easy to follow and the whole process takes no more than 15 minutes start to finish. I installed it onto a Windows system, however, it is also possible to use it on a Macintosh system.
It weighs 5.8kg and is approximately 17.7(W) * 13.9 (D)* 6.7 (H) (inches). It prints documents as well as offering a scanning facility. I have used both and was impressed with what I saw. It has International ENERGY STAR ® Program sticker meaning that it meets certain guidelines for energy efficiency.
It is an attractive machine and is white and black in colour. It has a stylish operation panel with a selection of 13 lights and buttons including: on/off button, scan button, stop button, paper button and many more.
The printer also comes with a one year warranty which I hope not to have to use, but be sure I'll update this review if I do.
I would recommend this machine as it is a cheap option for a scanner/printer in a market which can more than often than not be overpriced and off putting.
We we're looking for a cheapish printer for printing out various documents. I actually researched it quite a lot, as a lot of printers were really cheap - but had nasty reports of the ink running out straight away, and paying more the ink than they did for the printer itself! An whilst the Canon replacement inks for this printer arent cheap (upwards of £15.00 from what I gather!) the ink has lasted quite a while so far, and just hoping it stays the same!
We don't use it for intense colour photo printing though I might add. I've been fairly conservative, but full colour documents, posters and the like - breezed through.
The printer is satisfyingly speedy when it comes to printing aswell. I've seen older machines chug away like an old steam train before producing less than desireable results - not with the MP190! Whilst it isnt the quietest of the bunch, it id definitley effecient - the colour print speed reaches 15 pages per minute, with the mono print speed reaching a very useful 19 pages per minute - good when you're in a rush.
I've been impressed by the quality for such a relatively cheap purchase. I purchased the all-in-one from our local argos for just shy of £50.00 - and the scanning and copying functions (more notably the scanning) has proved its worth already.
The only real pitfall is you have to shell out an extra £3 for a USB cable as one doesnt come supplied. Other than that it works good, looks great, mutli functional and really quite cheap - would recommend to anybody.