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After years of having my parents purchase printers for us, I decided to take matters into my own hands and really do my research into printers and I'm glad I did . . .
The Canon MP620 is an all in one printer. I've owned several brands of printers and to be honest, this one doesn't differ too much from other models. It has, however, lasted me quite a number of years (3 or 4?) which shows it's durability. It is wi-fi capable which helps massively when you have many different computers/laptops.
One of the biggest complaints I hear about printers is the price of ink. And here is the big scam with printers. Companies such as HP and Epson have relatively cheap printers, however, the ink is extortionately priced. Canon (and a few others) sell printers that are more pricey, however, the links are far cheaper (and if you know where, the ink can cost as little as £1.50). In the long run, investing in a pricier printer is better in terms of ink usage.
A good reliable printer for a decent price (£120 when I bought it).
After witnessing the untimely death of the umpteenth printer of mine in a matter of years through no fault of my own, I plucked up the courage to spend a lot more money on an all-in-one printer that I hoped would last me a much longer period of time. I genuinely wish I hadn't.
I paid over £100 for the Pixma MP620, and it was on offer even at that point. It really is a beast of a machine: it is very heavy for a printer, and the amount of desktop space it requires is unbelievable. Currently sat on a fairly deep shelf, the printer still hangs over the edge, and protrudes even further when the paper tray 'pops' out as if by magic when you begin printing. That feature, whilst undeniably cool, really doesn't make up for it when a product has many other downsides.
Setting up the printer was a challenge of cryptographic proportions. The manual is thick and tediously time consuming to plough through. The convenience of the wireless printing feature is severely outweighed by the time it takes to set up the printer in the first place. In case you may not be familiar with technology and believe that your document will be 'beamed' directly to the printer, I assure you it won't. The printer will become an unruly member of your home/office wireless network family, who may throw a tantrum and decide not to let itself be 'seen' on the network for a day or two, much to my irritation. If you are just printing via USB, then there really is little to complain about in the connectivity department, and the number of memory card slots and a USB port on the front of the printer, neatly covered by a silver door, mean that sometimes you won't even have to go anywhere near a computer. The software provided by Canon for your PC or Mac is quite user friendly, although there is quite a 'lot' of it, in other words, it seems that lots of tiny little applications are installed when you'd hope there would only be need for one.
As for printing and scanning, I cannot really criticise the quality of print at all; it produces sharp, clear and crisp documents, and wonderful quality images and photos, if using photo paper. This all comes at an astronomical cost however. The ink cartridges, unless you buy shoddily re-manufactured ones from the internet (which may not work because each cartridge is equipped with a 'chip' that, unless played around with, prevents a cartridge from being reused) will mean you will have to break open that piggy bank and shed a tear at the contents you have to hand over to replace your compliment of 5, yes FIVE cartridges, two of which are black. Don't be fooled that if one black cartridge runs out, you can just use the other to quickly print off your CV or essay. It won't let you. And don't be under any illusions that you'll get away with printing your notes in cyan or a peculiar shade of green; the Pixma MP620 won't let you, and will carp on at you constantly until you feed its insatiable need to be fed pricey ink. Expect to dish out around £40 on a new set of ink, more if you're buying genuine Canon ink. It wouldn't be so bad if the ink lasted ages either. This beast of a printer seems content to empty cartridges as fast as you can replace them, which, when you're on a budget, will only mean that the printer you paid so much for will end up being sorely underused.
During those times when you do have ink, you'll be able to play with the little 'dashboard' on top of the scanner lid. You can use these buttons and the display to copy, print from external media, or review a whole host of settings without going through the PC. A lovely concept, but ideally the screen is far too small to be of any practical use, especially when you're selecting which photos you want to print from a memory stick. I generally end up just using the PC to compile and sort before printing, it's much easier.
To summarise and conclude, having just lost the use of the scanner due to a technical fault and planning to very quickly claim for the item on the Argos insurance I bought at purchase, I have no intention of replacing like for like. If you have the money to spend on regularly replacing inks, enjoy tweaking and fiddling incessantly with buttons and settings, and have a lot of desktop space, then I am sure you'll get a lot of joy out of this item. For me however, I have confused high end printing and cost with practicality and ease of use. This is not a cheap printer and in my view, it has a lot of 'window dressing' to justify the cost. And cost is something you'll need to get used to with the MP620...
Bought this printer from pc world for £120. Ignore the ridiculously convoluted set up guide and just turn the printer on. Had it connected wirelessly within seconds (this printer will work with windows 7, just download new drivers from canon).
The printer has 2 paper feeds, one underneath for plain paper, and one at the back for photo paper. It takes 5 inks in total, 3 colours, a photo black, and a larger black for text ( the sample inks i received were about half full).
This printer is quite slow to print the first page, taking about 40 seconds, but the quality is well worth the wait. Fed with decent photo paper, the result is a very natural looking photo, avoiding the overblown contrast of some other printers. A set of inks for this printer cost about £40, and the cartridges hold a decent amount of ink, making this a relatively cheap photo printer for running costs, especially compared to the epson px range. The scanner is pretty average, taking a while to scan in the highest quality, but all in one printers do tend to compromise in this area.
Overall, very happy with this printer, it is a good step up from my epson r200
Bought one of these printers and it was well worth the money. I had no problems at all setting this up with Windows Vista as it was pretty straight forward to do, just install the software then plug in the printer and it all worked instantly. Love the fact there are seperate colour ink cartridges as it just means its easy and cheaper to replace them. The print out quality was great, when printing documents it is very fast and the quality of the photos i've printed have been perfect. I also like the fact that the standard paper has it's own paper tray and if you then want to print on photo paper you don't have to take the standard paper out as it loads from the top of the printer which just makes things easier and quicker to use. The software bundled with it is also of a decent standard. Would recommend this to anyone.
I bought one of these from Pixmania, after returning the unit for repair due to a fault, I went through the set-up on a PC running Vista. The whole process was a nightmare. The previous printer (an HP) had to be completely uninstalled before the Canon drivers and software would complete their install routine.
Once the initial problems were overcome, the rest of the setup went smoothly, and the printer was soon configured & connected to my wireless network.
Print speed is extremely quick (a 6x4 print in 21 seconds), and the quality is absolutely amazing. Even a test page with text and photos on a plain sheet of A4 came out really sharp with no colour-bleed.
Having individual ink cartridges should help with the running costs, and with both front and rear paper trays, you can print large documents without constantly having to refill either. Overall, one superb printer.
I had to install this printer on an iMac the other day, and it was an absolute joy, However, just like the Windows install, It doesn't like other printer drivers to be present.
The ink carts shipped with this printer are only good for about a dozen photos (6x4), and a new set costs £30+.
A cheaper option is any HP that uses the individual Vivera carts, these can be purchased for £4 each, making a new set just £24.
Until a good supply of 3rd-party carts becomes available, this may be an expensive printer to run.