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I've been using my Dad's canon mp600 for a few years now before purchasing my own second hand model from the papers for just £20 (including inks which makes the printer roughly £8). As this is an older model you'll find them on ebay from just £5, and in my opinion you'd be silly to pass up that opportunity as neither of the printers have had a single problem. ( I dont think this particular model can be purchased from new anymore)
The printer is fairly chunky and big which could be a problem if you only have a small space to put a printer, however I think the size is reasonable due to the need for the scanning function; there is not wasted space which makes it acceptable for me. The design is very clever making everything able to tuck and fold away, so when it's not being used it doesn't look messy or get in the way.
The print quality can be adjusted according to the paper being used and the purpose of the print, I find the the highest quality setting with thick 180gsm paper creates a very vibrant and clear image, not as good as the prints from boots etc, however it is a close match. Keep in mind the higher quality the more ink you use up, so the more expensive i will be. On the plus side, the type of cartridge that this particular printer takes can be found from many different brands at various prices staring from just a couple pounds per colour, opposed to the 3-4 pound original price. The printer doesn't unneedingly clean itself, using the ink sparingly and making it last considerably longer than previous printers I've had.
The Mp600 has many features and functions which go way beyond your basic printing needs, there is a built in scanner/copier, an SD card reader and much more. I use the printer primarily for printing images to stick in my sketchbook, because of this I need to use different papers for different purposes. The Mp600 accommodates for this need perfectly, there is the option to print from two different paper trays meaning I can load the two with different papers and choose which to print from with the click of a button, this is great opposed to the older printer I had when I needed to fiddle with paper all the time.
You can use this printer without having a computer too, so for those of you who are like my Grandad and owns a digital camera but no computer, you can simply plug in your USB or SD card into the printer and print directly from those devices. The buttons on the printer are very self explanatory and make it super easy to change the intensity or size of the image you wish to print with no interference with a computer.
For those of you who do have computers the one downside is the fact that unlike the newer printers available it isn't completely wireless. It does have a wireless function, however I've never been able to print from my laptop without it being plugged in, so I'm not quite sure how it works. I've never needed to print from a distance so this hasn't caused me any problems.
I could go on for hours about how reliable and great this printer is, however I think I've covered the basics and said everything that needs to be known. In my opinion there's no need to get any other printer if you're just looking for domestic or study use, it creates considerably good prints and has a fairly low maintenance cost with minimal problems. Great buy and I hope to be using this printer for many years to come!
I bought this printer and paid £150 for it. It is a good printer, very fast, good quality printouts and good scanning facility. It is very large though and I just about fitted it into the printer space in my computer desk. After about 6 months use I got an error saying please replace one of the ink cartridges. I replaced the cartridge and the error remained saying please replace the cartridge. The annoying this is until the error disappears I cannot use the printer at all. If one of the ink cartridges runs out you cannot print in black, photocopy or scan anything until you replace that ink cartridge which is ridiculous. This printer has cost me so much money in buying replacement ink cartridges. A few of the Cannon printers have this problem as I have found out from searching the web. I contacted Cannon and they provided no help. I will never buy a Cannon printer ever again.
Bought this printer a few years ago, I wanted a device that would scan, photo copy, print documents and photos.
The device uses 5 ink cartridges Big black for mono printing, then yellow, blue , red and wee black for colour and photo printing. This prevents the printer using all three colours to print black. Cartridges are reasonable at around £8 and I only need to change one at time every other month.
One issue was the ICs on the cartridges, after a certain number of prints, it flags that is need to be replaced. The printer will warn for a few more prints then it will stop printing until the cartridge is replaced. This is very frustrating as you can see the cartridge clearly has ink but the chip says it's done. Also if it is a colour cartridge you still cannot print mono!!!
I found a work around this, you can disable this ink monitoring function that ignores the chips, this nearly double the life of the cartridges. The only thing, it is up to you to monitor the cartridges to ensure the do not dry out, as this may damage the printer head.
That aside, I was happy with the speed and quality of document printing both mono and colour. The photo printing quality was pretty good, a little dark until I tweaked about with the photo print settings. I have also used the print CD/DVD label functions which I found very easy to follow. The scanner and photo copier is really easy and quick to use, compared to the old parallel scanners.
The Software that comes with the printer is really very user friendly with photo editing and printing software and a cool MP navigation interface similar to the LCD screen on the printer to select the desired function.
Really like the media card slot and the fact the printer closes down into a black stylish box.
I was very unhappy with this printer. I am an architecture student so therefore need a high quality printer for my images. I bought this printer and because it was very expensive and apparently highly rated I thought I could rely on it. I have many issues with this printer and they include: initially VERY expensive printing ink. The printing ink runs out very quickly and needs to be replaced often so in the long term you are spending more money on the printing. The printer is quite slow and also I found that it produced very streaky images. It is extremely easy to drop things down the paper feed, and this has resulted in many blockages. I think that the paper feed should be horizontal rather than vertical to prevent this from happening. And the MOST annoying thing about this printer is that the scanner only works if you have ink in all the cartridges which is ridiculous. I was most unhappy about this because I bought a new printer and hoped to still use the scanner however, because one of my cartridges had run out, it would not allow me to scan. After researching this I found out that many people experienced the same problem and other similar problems. It is definitely not worth buying.
This is a good printer for home and small home business use.
I have had mine as my main printer for a year or so, and although I wouldn't be without a spare printer for emergencies, the Pixma MP600 is everything I need.
It's easy to use and prints high quality documents and images. The scanner is great quality and will scan colour documents at up to 600 dpi, which gives great quality for any document.
It's also a great little photocopier - you don't have to turn the pc on to use it as a photocopier, and it's fast in colour and black & white.
Ink cartridges are expensive, so shop around. I've always used the genuine canon cartridges (separate for each colour) and they're between £7 and £10 each depending where you shop. They're not available everywhere though - on the high street only PC world have them.
I've never had a major problem with my printer, and I print an average of 20 pages a day with it. The only thing I can't comment on is photos on photo paper, as I use this printer for leaflets and cards only.
Great for a small home business, but perhaps have a cheap printer to hand as back up.
Its a funny thing with domestic inkjet printers but they seem to be just a vehicle for selling over-priced replacement cartridges. There are options to buy unbranded or recycled cartridges but Ive had mixed results with these so tend to stick with the manufacturers products.
My venerable HP Officejet 6100 was approaching four years old (and that is venerable in PC terms) and all three ink cartridges were running out at the same time. To replace them all would have cost in excess of £60 so I thought for a few extra quid I might as well get a new printer.
My old HP was a three way multi-function device that printed, scanned and faxed. It also copied but that is just a variant on the above. It was a bulky machine that looked like a cut down office copier with a flimsy feeder tray on top and a heavily buttoned control panel. It was ugly in an industrial way but that was a popular style a few years back. It produced pretty good document and photo prints and the scanner was adequate for documents but not of a standard to copy photos. When coming to choose a new printer these were the characteristics I was interested in. It had to print to a high standard, the scanner needed to be better and I didnt want it to look like an ugly lump of corporate kit with attachments falling off all the time. Despite painfully setting up the fax functionality first time round I have never received or sent a fax using the HP, in fact I dont think Ive faxed anything this century so that functionality was dispensable.
At a snifter under £100 the Canon Pixma MP600 packs a lot of quality into an attractively designed package. Ignoring any pointless fax functionality it concentrates on the main duties of printing and scanning that you need from a domestic machine.
Out of the box ~
Canon supplies everything you need to get you up and running so with the printer you get power cables, ink cartridges, CD/DVD tray and set up disc. Youll need your own printer cable but this is standard USB connection so you should have one.
Set up is straightforward and is just a matter of plugging everything in and turning on. To keep everything in one piece in transit you will find there are lots of sticky tape holding everything down and these will all need to be removed before use. Inevitably you will miss one or two but the Canon has a built in alarm to warn you of this. I say alarm but its more of an angry grinding noise but it gets your attention. The set up disc does everything it needs to do in a couple of minutes and then youre ready to go. There were a couple of extra questions from my Vista OS but once these were cleared there were have been no compatibility issues.
Look and feel ~
The MP600 looks very good and I dont mind admitting that this played no small part in my decision to buy. With flaps closed it looks quite stylish with a matt silver plastic body and glossy black panels. When not in use it is fairly discrete but it doesnt take much to bring it online. A section of the cover lifts to reveal the LCD screen and control panel and the front folds down to collect the paper.
The control panel has refreshingly few buttons and most of the functionality is accessed via on-screen menus using the impressively bright and clear 2.5 inch LCD screen. These menus are navigated by an iPod like wheel and are clearly laid out and easy to follow.
Paper is stored in a cassette that slides into the bottom of the unit, closing flush with the front panel. This is a very good system as paper is stored flat and therefore doesnt warp if left for a few days. Paper can also be feed from an extendable feeder on the top, which also allows duplex printing. This feeder folds out of sight into the body when not in use.
A second, smaller, panel on the front opens to reveal a multi card reader if you want to bypass the PC when printing.
As youd expect these days text printing is excellent and virtually laser quality, colour printing of graphics is equally impressive with strong, accurate colour reproduction. Photo printing is good, better than my old HP, but still not as good as from Boots or Jessops. Given that Canon themselves quote a cost per print of 10p for 6x4 photos its not as if its any cheaper either.
Start up is quick and from pressing the on button you are ready to go straight away, the old HP would spend 30 seconds whirring away doing lord only knows what before you could print anything. There is a fairly lengthy cleaning cycle which probably wastes a lot of ink but Ive never known a printer that wasnt guilty of this.
Print speeds are acceptable for most domestic use but obviously no match for a laser. A page of text takes about 10 seconds, a graphics heavy page will be nearer 30 seconds and a 6x4 photo on best quality can take the best part of a minute. I dont print in great volumes at home so these times have little relevance but if you regularly print larger documents you could find yourselves off making a cup of tea while it finishes. At normal quality a document of 50 pages will keep you waiting for up to 10 minutes.
This will print on CD/DVD, using the special tray, but as I use a Lightscribe DVD writer I havent needed to use the feature.
The scanner is quick and acceptably accurate for documents and you will have a preview on the PC in about 10 seconds in draft quality mode, this is fine for backing up old paper records but for copying photos you need a better resolution. The MP600 can scan up to a resolution of 1200 dpi and this can take up over two minutes for a 6x4 picture. The quality is good but not great and while it is good enough for publishing on a web site or one off use it isnt good enough for providing pictures youd put in an album or in a frame.
This is a very good machine that meets and exceeds everything I could ask of it. It looks good, prints well and is very quiet in use. With a new model in the pipeline (if it isnt already out) the prices should drift down soon as well. Im happy to recommend this machine.
Some people like specs, some people dont. Either way Ive added some below if you want that extra detail.
Device Type: Copier / printer / scanner
Copier Type: Digital
Dimensions (WxDxH): 45 cm x 38.9 cm x 19.4 cm
Weight: 10.3 kg
Inkjet Technology: Canon FINE (Full-lithography inkjet Nozzle Engineering) - 5-ink
Max Copying Speed: Up to 30 ppm (mono) / up to 24 ppm (colour)
Max Printing Speed : Up to 30 ppm (mono) / up to 24 ppm (colour)
Max Printing Resolution: Up to 600 x 600 dpi (mono) / up to 9600 x 2400 dpi (colour)
Scanning: 2400 x 4800 dpi
Original Size: 216 x 297 mm (max)
Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm) (max)
Media Type: Envelopes, plain paper, iron-on transfers, photo paper, printable CD/DVD disc
Standard Media Capacity: 300 sheets
PC Connection: Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IrDA
Office Machine Features: Print from memory card