Product Type: Canon All in one Printer
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Perfect Product from Canon
Canon Pixma MP600
Member Name: kayleighmcharris
Canon Pixma MP600
Advantages: Cheap, great quality
Disadvantages: Not great wireless functions
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!
Summary: Perfect product for me