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The Canon Pixma MP780 Photo All-in-one has a lot in common with the Canon Pixma iP4000, which is our current Editor's choice for ink jet personal printers. Built around the same engine, the MP780 is designed for photo printing, with five inks that include both a pigment-based black for standard printing and a dye-based black for photos. More significant, it delivers the same fast performance as the IP4000 and offers the same high-quality output. It even includes a Pict Bridge connector so it can print directly from cameras.
As an AIO, the MP780 can work as a color scanner and a standalone fax machine an copier, and it comes with a fax driver, so you can fax from most programs. It lacks a fax utility, however, which means you can't send a fax from your computer except by sending a document from within another program. Set up is typical for an AIO that connects by USB 2.0, except for the minor annoyance of a registration routine that you cannot end or bypass easily. Canon says this will be corrected as updated installation discs work their way through distribution pipelines.
Output quality is better overall than for most ink jets, and a match for the IP4000, with excellent photos, and text and graphics at the high end of good. It also comes close to the HP AIO, which does somewhat better for graphics, but not quite as well for photos. If you can do without the 7410's network connections, the combination of speed, high quality, and well-rounded features gives the MP780 a significant edge as the AIO of choice.
I bought this printer back in 2005 when I was starting my business. In that time I was a young adult and was not so educated in electronic like I am now. In that time all what counted for me was the price. I got this printer for under £200 which was in that time an ok price for a office printer, however it is definitely expensive when I compare it to nowadays printers.
I wanted something that will have multiple functions - print, copy, fax and scan. First two tasks came out pretty well. The prints were very clear and the print speed was quite fast. The copying of the documents was a bit slower but still in a very good quality. Worse it was with the scanning. The setup of the scanner was quite complicated and the outcome quality of the scanned documents poor. I tried to scan different things - from text documents to pictures - but the result was never getting better. But since I had a old good working scanner at home I was not so worried and just decided to not to use it. The another problem was with the fax. It took me days trying to configure how I should set it up. When I gave up I called customer support for help. I spent about an hour with a guy on line who tried to help me but there was not a positive result. So the printer has fax but with no use, at least for me.
The design of the printer is not very appealing either. Overall I was really disappointed with this printer and returned it in the store after just two weeks.
I had bought this All-in-one-printer in 2005, paid £180 for it.
The scanner was not working properly right out of the box (out-of-focus scans & wrong colours) - obviously, this printer was not properly tested before leaving Canon's printer-factory.
After complaining, they send a technician to repair it, who fixed the out-of-focus-problem, but over-looked the false-colour-problem. So, I had to call Canon again & the same technician came a second time & then replaced the whole scanner-unit.
At least, he left me with a new set of ink-cartridges, as he did some test-prints.
However - I should have taken this out-of-the-box-broken All-in-one-printer as a warning & insist to get a full refund immediately!!
It broke 3 years & 3 months later again, after it had rather little use, for such a machine.
It developed some kind of digital error, displaying an error-message, which did not make any sense.
I called Canon-customer-service, which appeared to have 'out-sourced' their customer-service to an African-country.
I spoke to several people, who were capable of speaking basic English, but had no grasp of technical terms, especially not printers. They were simply reading from some script-sheets, which seemed to be identical with Canon's support-website (along the lines of; switch the printer off & on again, check your ink-cartridges, etc). When the first person could not help, because they could not comprehend the problem, I was referred to another person, who practically repeated this procedure & so forth.
I had been told then that I will be called back by customer-support-manager - which they did not!!
The conclusion was, that Canon's customer-support refused out-right to check that problem free-of-charge or to a reasonalbe afordable price; even, after threatening them with giving them a negative review & wanted to charge me £60, just for looking at it!!!
I got effectively circa £35 of value out of this machine, which was intented to work for me for circa 10 years; ergo, I lost £145, due to Canon's lausy customer-service.
Alas; I was lacyfair with writing this review, which I should have done already two years ago.
After seeing some video-advertisement for Canon-printers today, I recalled my experience with Canon & wanted to warn you.
I will certainly not buy any Canon-product in my life-time again & will also warn my family, friends & God-children, when the occasion arises.
P.S: It was also user-unfriendly, as the Canon-software is quite badly designed & the scanner, especially in ADF-mode was very slow & not particularly reliable.
(It does not have a battery-life, so that rating, below on this Dooyoo-page is non-sensical.)
We recently purchased this unit to replace a HP G70 all in one unit which we had been using for 2-3 years.
Straight away it is obvious how technology had come on. It was much smaller - and the print quality is now almost up to laser standard (we only used to use the HP for colour and faxes as the quality wasn't up to much).
The unit uses 5 cartridges - one large black and 4 smaller ones - which are economical to buy. The software interface is good and easy to set up. The unit is ultra quiet - and in 'quiet mode' you can hardly hear it. It is also nearly as fast as our laser.
My only critisim is that the control panel on it isn't the easiest to use and i've had to delve into the manuals a few times to find out how to do things (I believe that these days you should be able to solve most things using menus!)
Highly recommended. I bought mine for £172+vat from www.ebuyer.com - who delivered within a week (cheaper the longer you wait)!