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      22.12.2011 19:57

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      Great all in one printer for your home

      I bought this printer half price, which was a great bargain especially that I was not able to use it for quite a long time, as I was not able to connect it with my laptop. (probably because of windows 7) I was searching for the driver I was supposed to download for really long time but didn't work with it, so at the end had to call canon for help and it turned out it was not that number driver which I needed. It was really strange because there were all models in the options and I chose exactly the one I have, but needed a different one.

      It's great to have a compact printer which can scan and make photocopies as well, though I only use these functions once in a while but it's great that I don't have to go anywhere to make a copy or scan something anymore.

      The size is really good, doesn't take much space, and looks nice as well.

      The printer is perfect when I'm printing black-white documents, but I still don't know how to print a good quality colour photo with it, which is a shame and probably my fault not the printer's.

      I don't use it much, so I only had to replace the inks once in 1,5 years. I was really happy with the original inks which came with it as they lasted really long, even though I was told they are only sample and will not last long.

      I think it's a really good printer, but if you don't know how to set it up like me better ask somebody to help you.

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      30.05.2011 14:49

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      Cheaper printers out there which do the same things.

      I owned this printer for about a year and it comsumed ink at an alarming rate. I used it to print about 5-10 pages per day, only 1-2 of which were colour and I was having to buy new cartridges every week. Finally the printer itself simply refused to print anything, claming a non-existant problem with the print head.

      Having owned earlier models from Cannon, I can say these problems came as a surprise as their products are usually excellent. In many ways this printer is the same. It is easy to use for copying and printing and produced sharp images in both colour and black and white. Also compared to some other printers this product is relatively quiet.

      I am not sure if the problems I suffered are common but be aware the ink for cannons is not cheap and if you are printing a few documents or colour images every day you could be spending up to £30 every couple of weeks.

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      16.03.2011 23:29
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      You get what you pay for and some

      Ok, so I've been using this printer on a daily basis over the last year, mostly to print basic text documents. As you would expect it copes with this fine. It produces reasonable quality photo prints, and can also double up as a scanner which is fantastic. Now obviously there are higher quality, more economical printers out there but you will be paying 4 or 5 times as much. Besides, for use in the home this is absolutely ideal. It's compact, stylishly designed and very simple to operate.

      I've mentioned the scanning feature already, and I honestly do believe this is the best aspect of this printer. You can lift the top section up and place a4 documents on it which then import straight to your computer. The quality of scan can be adjusted and if you don't have a photocopier but need to copy a few pages, this is a very good alternative. It's not as fast but it works well.

      The photo printing quality is very good, though, as with all printers, it is important to use the right paper if your trying to achieve a very high level of quality. Another very well thought out feature is the ability to connect cameras directly to the printer. I've not used this feature as much as the others but it comes into it's own if your in a rush or your computer is down for whatever reason. It's fairly simple and doesn't allow you to make as many adjustments but if your in a pinch it's very helpful.

      For £85 you will struggle to find a printer with a better spec. Well done Canon!

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      07.10.2010 12:12
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      We recently decided to upgrade our printer . The one we previously had was some dirt cheap, no-brand printer that we got from our local supermarket, and to be fair to it, it had always done the job reasonably well . But, with my boyfriend beginning his PGCE teaching course, we decided we would be better served with a machine that could also operate as a scanner and photocopier too .

      I lef the installation of the printer to my boyfriend, who found it very simple to install. The drivers came on a disk, but with the disk drive on our PC being borked, we ended up downloading them, which was simple enough . Everything seemed very easy, with the cartridges slotting into place simply and easily, and registering the product only taking a moment or two .

      The machine is quite large and boxy in appearance, something that probably can't be helped , given it's many functions. It's a rather nice cream and black colour, and they seem to have attempted to make it more visually appealing by rounding off some of the corners. The control panel, on the top right of the printer, is easily laid out, with the buttons sitting almost flush to the surface of the printer, and being pretty simple to understand.

      When printing, this machine does chunter about for a few moments, making lots of little whirring noises, before deciding to actually begin printing. Once it does, printing is fast, and pages are clear, with good quality printing even on images. The printer is a little noisy though .

      Photocopying and scanning is also simple, a simple matter of lifting the lid, placing yout document face down onto the glass, and pressing the buttons for either colour of black and white. Again, this is a pretty noisy process, but the images I scanned from old photographs looked clear on my PC, and it was lovely being able to store old photos on my computer.

      The ink cartridges last quite well, but like most other printers are pretty expensive to replace, at around £16 for a black cartridges.They do at least seem to be readily available, and can of course be purchased online for far cheaper than you'd pay in store .

      For £50, this is a nice printer that does the job . Sure, it does it noisily, but it does it well, and as a basic all-round machine I'm awarding it 4 stars .

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      14.09.2010 15:20
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      Good home printer

      After our household printer of many years started to die, it was time we bought a new one. I am so glad we opted for this one.

      First of all, the quality of printing is remarkable. I've had many experiences before with printers where the paper comes out complete with obvious printing lines, which can ruin a document, pictures in particular. This printer does not do that, and the printed quality is very sharp - pictures in particular look fantastic.

      The speed at which the printer finishes printing a document is also very good. It's not at the level of professional, industrial-sized printers, which literally print whole reams of documents in seconds, but for a casual printer with families in mind, the speed of printing is fine. The paper tray can also apparently store up to 100 sheets. I've never had the need to print so many documents at once, and I don't know many families that would, but the option is there nonetheless.

      I personally haven't had the chance to use the copier/scanner section of the printer yet, but my sister has and I've heard no complaints. The very fact that you can print, copy and scan all in one machine is remarkable in itself, especially for the exceptionally cheap price.

      Looks-wise, I happen to think that Canon make the best of a bad situation in that no-one can really make a printer look attractive. It's a bulky machine but it's not too much of an eyesore, so well done to the manufacturer for that. The noise levels are as expected from a regular home printer as well; you can hear it printing from a couple of rooms away, but this can't be helped.

      The only problem I can see with the printer (I'm not sure if this applies to all printers, so if it does then forgive me as I am no expert) is that, if you want to use it with different devices - say if you want to hook it up to separate laptops - then you have to go through a lengthy installation process each time you introduce the printer to a new system. This is a real burden if you're in a rush as the installation does take up a hefty amount of your time. I found it very frustrating when I desperately needed to print something out from my laptop as opposed to my sister's (which the printer had been installed upon). That said, after installation, the printer works fine through my laptop now.

      For around £45 from Amazon, this all-in-one printer is definitely worth it. If you can get over the initial installation process, you won't be disappointed to have this in your household.

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