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This has everything you need in one place - printer, copier, scanner. I already had a printer, but I wanted a colour printer for my photos.
I can't remember exactly what I paid for this printer as it was several years ago, however, I know it was around £40 as I had a very small budget and this one looked surprisingly good for the price.
The MP480 features the ability to print, copy and scan. Printing colour at 4800x1200dpi and has a small screen to display the photos, if you want to print from a memory card.
Ease of Use
It's fairly easy to use, simply plug it in, attach the USB and install the drivers and you're good to go. You can print from your computer or directly from a memory card using the screen on the printer. The printer comes with the MP Navigator program, so to scan simply open the program on your computer, put your document or photos on the surface and close the lid, then click scan.
You can scan more than one photo at once, we have managed to scan 3 at a time, and the program differentiates between them. This makes scanning old photos much easier and quicker
The quality of the printing is great, clear, sharp and good colours.
It's really easy to use
It's compact and doesn't take up much space
It was cheap
It feels good build quality
The ink is expensive to buy, and it can run out quite quickly if used all the time. You can get the ink refilled but don't try to do it yourself, it doesn't work, and it's messy and frequently the printer will just start printing in one colour.
I love this printer, it does exactly what it says, and it's good quality. And it's with a make I feel I can trust - canon. I am happy to display the printed photos around my house and have scanned many old photos that have been lying around my house. Perfect for the average user.
I bought this computer to use at home whilst at university. I wanted a printer that could print, scan and copy and was not disappointed with this one. It is a very reasonable price for an all in one, think I paid around £45 at the time. The printer is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X and features a sleek grey design which looks good.
I found that the printer prints very well and to a high quality. I have used it to print photographs which I have scanned in and they have printed to a high standard. Other documents have also printed well such as written work and letters, printing quickly but to a good quality.
I also found it easy to edit photos using the printer as it has Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX software which you can use to get rid of red eye on photos for example which I found really handy and a great feature of the printer.
The scanner I also found scans to a high quality, where you can scan photos or documents for example into a PDF document on the computer. It scans quite quickly to a good standard. You can also save the scans directly to a memory card or USB stick. The printer also copies well, and I was impressed with the standard.
The ink also lasts quite a while and is very reasonable prices, around £12 for a black and £18 for a colour cartridge.
The only downside is that the printer can be a little noisy at times, especially when scanning.
Photolab-quality 10x15cm borderless photo in approximately 45 seconds
4800x1200dpi resolution, 2pl ink droplets
PictBridge and memory card slots
4.5cm TFT display
I bought this sleek looking all-in-one printer when my last Canon printer died- it is great for digital camera users and comes with added advantage of PictBridge,memory card slots and a generous 4.5 cm display which makes photo printing without a PC easy- I was surprised at how quickly I managed to print off high quality photographs.
It also has the added bonus of Canons Easy-PhototPrint EX software to help you get the best results from your photos.
The printer was extremely easy to set uo even for a novice-the Quick Start Function was extremely helpful in that I could access all the various options via the TFT display.
The copier is excellent-I copied some old photographs and the quality was superb.
A useful function of the excellent flatbed scanner is an Auto Scan mode which instantly recognises the photo or document then scans and saves it.
Another good point is that of the scanner is that you can also save scans directly to a memory card or USB stick without having to use a computer.
The only negative aspect was the cost of the ink cartridges, but they are comparable to other printers and everyone would like cheaper ink.
I bought this printer for the office at work. I have already reviewed the printer we used to have in the office, and if you have already read it (the Lexmark) you will know I wasn't overly impressed, which is why I bought this model.
I bought the printer refurbished from Ebay, I got it for about £30 and it looks and feels brand new.
It came from Canon distributors who have a store on Ebay. They were very professional and I was very pleased with their service.
It arrived very quick, well packaged.
One thing that attracted me to the printer in the first place was the design of it. It is a very sleek looking printer with a light grey and dark grey colour scheme. It has a rounded rectangular shape to it, and despite being an all in one printer, it has a fairly small footprint.
It has a flat bed scanner on the top, as well as the control panel which consists of a small LCD screen which lifts up to reveal several control buttons.
At the front, there is a cover which opens to double up as the paper tray, there is also a small flap covering card slots, and also a USB port.
At the back is an upright paper tray, the power port and a USB port.
In the box was the printer, all the set up documents, the driver disks, the power cable and one black and one colour ink cartridge. The printer does not come with a USB cable, but this are extremely easy to get hold of.
I read the basic set up guide, which in general was easy to follow, apart from one or two areas where it suddenly seemed to skip a section, but this did not really affect set up.
It was quick to install the printer, I installed the software on the computer, and when I connected the printer to the computer it found the printer straight away and the test page printed first time.
It is easy to install the ink cartridges, you open the main cover and the ink trays move out into the centre, then you lift the lids, place the cartridges in, push the lid back down and close the main cover and the printer does the rest.
I have been extremely pleased with the print quality from this printer. I have printed many colour documents, and none have disappointed yet.
As yet I have not printed on photo quality paper, so I will unfortunately be unable to comment on this.
The printer prints pretty quick, nothing to shout about, but you won't be waiting ages for a 10 page document either.
When you print, an on screen pop up display comes up on the screen with the printing information. This is common with all Canon printers I have ever used, it tells you how far through the printing is, and if there is any problems.
My first print out was a full colour document consisting of coloured text and a couple of images. All the colours came out as expected and looks great, the images also looked very good. The ink was dry as soon as the paper came out, so no need to wait minutes for the ink to dry before you touch the paper.
My second document was an all black text document which again I was very pleased with, the quality easily stands up to that of a modest laser printer.
The printer has 3 basic quality settings, as well as several more advance options. One of the basic settings is Draft, which you would expect to print in poor quality, but I was extremely surprised when I printed a text document in draft, and the quality was extremely close to regular printing, and printed quicker. Full colour documents aren't as impressive in Draft mode, but still acceptable.
The third basic quality setting is High Quality. This will be the setting to use when printing full photos on photo paper, but when printing on regular A4 paper, I wouldn't recommend this setting as it seems to apply more ink and makes the paper feel very fragile. The quality isn't that much different on plain paper either.
The printer has a nice little nifty (though more of a gimmick than anything) feature. When the front cover (also the front paper tray) is closed and you print something, the printer automatically opens the front tray so paper will not jam inside the machine. Its just a shame it doesn't close the tray again for you, haha.
The back upright paper tray extends out to support the paper. I'm not sure exactly how many sheets of paper the tray will hold, but I have been able to get probably close to 100 sheets in. There is only one back tray, so when printing on different size paper you have to remove the other lot of paper.
The front paper tray is there to catch print outs. Paper feeds in one direction meaning paper doesn't curl or bend, making it perfect for thicker high quality paper.
*Scanning and Copying*
This printer is an all in one printer, which means as well as being able to print, you can also copy documents and scan documents to your computer.
Both these features are extremely easy to use.
Copying files can be done without the printer even being connected to a computer. All the controls needed are on the printer. The small LCD display lets know how many copies you are printing. You can choose to copy in colour or mono (black) and there are a few other basic options in the menu.
When copying, the original document must be placed in the flat bed scanner, this is then scanned, and then the copy (or copies) is printed out in normal quality.
The printer comes with software to install on your computer to help with scanning. As yet I have only scanned one document, but it wad very easy to do. I opened up the software which gives you several options, as well as being able to edit the scan once complete.
The scan took a little time to complete, maybe this was because it was the first time, not sure, but the printer seemed to do a lot of what I can maintenance (when you hear the printer making a lot of noise, but its not actually doing anything) before it started to scan, but once it did start, the scanning itself was fairly quick.
I choose to scan at the pre-set setting, and I was very pleased with it. It wasn't crystal clear but all the writing was legible.
The scanner can scan up to 2400dpi which is very impressive and would be perfect for scanning photos.
The printer is still fairly new to me, once I have used more of its features I will probably come back and edit this review, but I hope this review will be enough to give people an idea.
I have been extremely pleased with this printer, and I think it is easily worth the price when new.
If you are looking for a good quality colour printer which also allows you to scan and copy documents, I would seriously recommend this model.
The Canon MP480 is a fantastic printer and is of great value at most stores. I have never had any problems with this printer and has lots of features which are availiable from its lcd screen. It is very easy to install and works on all systems apart from Linux, which is maybe its only downfall.
I bought this printer mainly for printing photos off and even when using cheap photo paper it produces fantastic results, we have lots of print-outs which we proudly put in frames around the house.
you can do photocopies instantly without the printer being linked up to a computer, and can also print photos from your camera using one of the three slots availble on the front of the printer.
The scanner is very quick and produces fantastic results, as does printer standard documents. Once installed on your computer you have lots of options for Maintaining the printer, Changing the settings and even adding special effects to the file you want to print (e.g. Sephia effect)
The printer does have one problem though (might just be my unit) It has become difficult to succesfully load standard A4 paper into the machine, but other than this i would not have a bad word to say about this product. Well worth the £50
I love this printer/scanner/copier - it does everything I need it to do, it is very user friendly and it is quite compact and looks good.
The ink cartridges are very easy to change, and printing, scanning and copying require little more than pressing a few buttons. Everything is quick and easy.
It prints things at a high quality and I really have never had a problem with it. I have printed out lots of photos on it and they look fantastic.
The one criticism I would have of this printer is that the cable which plugs it in falls out A LOT. It is very hard to get it to stay in, and it has on occasion fallen out halfway through printing. You really need to have your printer at the right angle and ensure the cable is staying in.
Having said that, everything else about the printer is great, and if I was buying a new printer now, even knowing about the cable thing, I would still buy this one. All in all a great buy!