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Canon Pixma MP495
Member Name: Mummy_to_2
Canon Pixma MP495
Advantages: Design, Quality, Ease of use
My Grandmother purchased this for myself and my family for Christmas 2011 and has so far been used nearly everyday for general printing and for scanning/photocopying as well as printing a few photo's although not too many.
It costs around £79.99 in most places (e.g. Argos Curry's etc) although my Grandmother managed to get ours half price in Argos.
I wanted to review this a lot as although its quite cheap for what you get and has some issues, it is one of the best out there (in my opinion). The inks and paper for the printer are generally the same price as other models usually between £20 and £25 depending on where you go and what you want.
As I've said before I am not computer minded do this is more about ease of use with a little computer jargon mixed in.
ISO ESAT Speed 8.8 / 5.0 ipm mono/col
Full HD Movie Print
10x15cm photo in approx. 41 sec.
4800dpi, 2pl quality
Easy-Web Print EX
Compact & stylish glossy black design
Also has cabled computer access and mains lead.
Also comes with a black and coloured mini inks.
Mine also came with a national warranty and I also purchased an extended warranty of £30 for 5 years cover.
***WHEN IT ARRIVED***
The first thing I noticed was that for the size of the printer (17ins W x 13ins D x 6ins H) the box was enormous!!! For those of us who don't like lots of packaging and polystyrene BEWARE it just kept coming out!!!
Design wise it is nice very compact and small and able to sit on top of one of my kitchen cupboards. The parts that fold out to hold the paper before and after printing are folded away neatly and there are no parts sticking out to less chances of breakages ( always good with 3 little ones)
It is made from a black gloss like plastic while the control panel is a matt black slightly rougher plastic. It does of course have the word 'CANON' in silver across the front.
The control panel is nicely laid out and easy to use along with the on/off button there is the buttons for you to choose your paper type ( A4plain, A4 photo or 10x15 photo papers), scan and photocopy options, ink and other settings and page count, and finally the ink levels. There is also a digital display showing page number and said ink levels.
***EASE OF USE + SET UP***
Set up is quite easy and you are guided through it well, the printer comes with a disk and it's the basic follow the steps routine, although the set up is different for Mac to windows, (I have windows). I did find that you had to use the internet cable to set up although at the end you can set up Wi-Fi. This step took around 10-15 minutes and was easy to follow the only thing was that I forgot to get paper and had to find some for the tester!!!
Saying that it was very quick to turn on and just using.
A point here is that with mine I kept being asked to fill out surveys, forms, and questionnaires but I did eventually manage to disable that feature.
A mini menu is also installed on the computer this includes 'auto-scan', 'layout print', and 'photo print', this is where you can also go to main menu to change settings etc.
I have used both A4 normal and A4 photo paper in the machine.
In all honesty in is very basic to work you slide up the paper holder and insert paper, at this stage you can adjust the sliders to the width of the paper, and then also fold out front part (if you forget the machine does it itself) and then select the print options on your computer, the speed it prints is probably slightly quicker than average and the wording comes out nice and clear although still slightly wet. Of course you need it to be set up either wirelessly or through the cable to print.
Of course when I used the photo paper I do tend to leave it slightly longer to avoid runs etc.
Again like the printing option is it so easy to use that it's silly!
The top of the printer lifts up to reveal the scanner/printer and has adjustable hinges for think albums, papers etc.
Again to fill the paper slot and choose desired width, put the required item for photocopying on the copier, close the lid and select the number of copies etc from the control panel. Like the photocopier part if you forget to open the front it opens it itself.
The quality again was good and there was no colour loss or smudging.
Too use this feature is pretty much like using the photocopy option meaning that you basically do the same procedure but choose a different option on the computer and panel, this is the one I have used mainly photo paper for. Again the quality was high and it was quick to use.
Like I said it comes with 2 mini inks and these seemed to last a good length of time roughly a month with constant use, I have purchased a new set and these were in the region of £15-£25 for each depending on the shop etc although CANON are the cheapest.
I did think at first that it was going to be hard to use/set up etc but to be honest it is very simple to use, my children have been able to use it for school work and printing things from cBeebies etc. It looks good in my kitchen and can be stored away easily due to its size; it even remembers to open the front for you!!
I do like it and the price paid was very well spent, although I can't decide if I would have paid full price. The ink goes and long way and is relatively cheap for the length of time it lasts.
Summary: A great multifunction printer for less
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