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I had a Canon MP210 for a long time after buying it on a cheap deal. Basically, it had a known design fault and it broke, having picked it up for about £30 anyway, I wasn't too upset. However, the print quality was so good on the Canon that I immediately started researching other Canon printers.
My printing style:
I print all documents in grayscale.
I print a lot of colour photographs.
The printer is also a scanner and photocopier. It does not have a fax in it. The printer itself is quite large and bulky and takes up quite a lot of room on a desk which is definitely something to consider when purchasing this item. The printer has a card reader on it, but as I have never used it I can't comment on it. It also has a digital display which allows you to select what function you want e.g. print, scan, photocopy etc. This is easy to use and clear to read.
The printer takes the new generation canon inks e.g. Five cartridges: small black, big black, cyan, yellow and magenta and if one runs out the printer will not print, you have to replace that one tank before it continues. This can be quite annoying!
The cheapest place I have found for these inks is on amazon, a set of five will set you back about £40 but they do last a really long time given that I print LOADS of photos on this printer, I would say that they last about 3 or 4 months and I probably print at least one or two photos per day.
The printer has 2 trays which is convenient, one is a casette in the bottom of the printer and the other is a rear tray, this allows you to have both photo paper and plain paper in the printer at the same time which I think is a nice touch.
The colour on the printer is outstanding, really true to life even on the very worst photopaper. I believe the better quality photo paper the better your photo will print out.
One thing I do wish I had bought is the slightly upgraded version which was wireless as I could have moved it away from my desk, however I'm sure I'll do that next time I buy a printer and it doesnt detract too much from this great little item.
The PIXMA MP630s premium 1pl, 9600dpi FINE print engine produces stunning photolab-quality images, with a 10 x 15 borderless photo taking approximately 20 seconds. 1pl ink droplets using dye-based Single Inks - including a Photo Black tank - deliver prints with smooth tonal gradations, high contrast and exceptional detail.
The ChromaLife100+ system is a combination of the PIXMA MP630, Canon original inks and certain Canon genuine photo papers. These three unique components create beautiful, long-lasting photo prints.
Print text documents in mono or color with a pigment black ink to give crisp, sharp text.
The higher-definition 6.2cm color TFT display makes it fun to browse photos without a PC, and users can view, select, edit and print - all using the easy-scroll wheel. Direct prints are also possible straight from a memory card or PictBridge-compatible digital camera or camcorder. A Quick Start function allows operation within seconds.
|Product Description:||Canon PIXMA MP630 - multifunction printer ( colour )|
|Device Type:||Printer / copier / scanner|
|Printing Technology:||Ink-jet ( colour )|
|Inkjet Technology:||Canon FINE (Full-lithography inkjet Nozzle Engineering) - 5-ink|
|Max Copying Speed:||Up to 24 ppm (mono) / up to 19 ppm (colour)|
|Max Printing Speed:||Up to 25 ppm (mono) / up to 21 ppm (colour)|
|Max Printing Resolution:||9600 x 2400 dpi (colour)|
|Scanning:||9600 x 4800 dpi|
|Original Size:||Legal (216 x 356 mm) (max)|
|Media Type:||Envelopes, plain paper, cards, photo paper, printable CD/DVD disc|
|Standard Media Capacity:||300 sheets|
|Bypass Feeder Capacity:||150 sheets|
|Automatic Duplexing:||Yes (copying)|
|PC Connection Availability:||Yes|
|PC Connection:||USB 2.0|
|Office Machine Features:||Print from memory card|
|Power:||AC 110/230 V ( 50/60Hz )|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||45 cm x 36.8 cm x 17.6 cm|
|Microsoft Certification:||Certified for Windows Vista|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified|