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I bought this unit after my old HP all in one packed up. As a teacher I was looking for something that had AFD (multiple page) scanning to try and minimise the paperwork cluttering at home by scanning and saving it digitally.
The scanning, for me, is the highlight of the machine. The software is easy to use and allows you to save image in a variety of formats such as pdf and jpeg.
The print quality is good, although I dislike using it in draft mode, as whereas my HP produced a fainter image using less ink, the Canon MX310 seems to make the image grainy like a pop art print. I've printed on a variety of papers, from Greetings Cards to OHP transparancies as well as normal paper.
One thing that you may be looking for in this printer is the 'borderless' print option, and whilst this feature does exist it is on preset sizes only (you cannot cutomise this for another sized document) Whilst this isn't perfect I have still been able to use it for the purposes and need and have been generally happy with it.
Just a quick word on the inks - I'd strongly suggest purchasing the higher yield ink cartridges as cost per ml they are far better value.
This printer is very nice. A very good scanning and copying function, with a very thorough set-up process. The printer is very quick and efficient with good ease of use with just the press of a button. The printer also has a fax function but I have never bothered to set that up. The scanning and copying function allows you to do just one sheet as standard, but will also allow you to do a stack of paper in one go which I found useful!
The only problem I do have with it though is that it uses quite a bit of ink, and the ink isn't cheap. For the price it is at now is very reasonable; it is of very good build, and looks expensive. The unit itself though is quite large and takes up a bit of room. It does also need a USB cable but they are a few pounds also on amazon!
For a mere £60 (Tesco Direct) this is a real bargain. You get a printer, compier, scanner and fax machine all rolled into one. Its incredibly easy to use and to the point of being idiot proof. Want to send a fax? Insert your document, press the fax button, dial in the number just like you would a phone and hey presto fax sent.
The printer requires two ink cartridges, one black, one colour and the black ink cartridges come in two sizes so if you do a lot of printing you can buy bigger cartridges to save having to change them frequently. You can buy genuine Canon replacement cartridges or re-manufactured cartridges from a variety of sources including Tesco.
If you do choose to use re-manufactured cartridges the ink remaining indicator fails to work so the first you know that you've run out of ink is because your page is blank, but thats a small price to pay for a £5 saving per cartridge. Replacement cartridges aren't cheap at £12-£18 but they are readily available and can currently be recycled via the Tesco Clubcard scheme for 100 points which is the equivalent of £1 in store or £4 via promotions in the Clubcard Deals brochure.
Oh Wow! What a machine! For the money that you pay you do really get a good loking, well performing unit that comes with good software that will help you do alot. It will configure your Duplex scanning showing you exactly what to do and when to do it.
I only have one gripe though. It is a fax machine that likes to hog the line when you do not answer the phone. My previous unit, an HP 4252, would listen into the answerphone and if it detected a fax it would then intervene and accept it. After reading the manual for the MX310 it still aquires the connection after two rings and if it is a voice call, will still try to force the acceptance of the fax. I have yet to work out how to alter this!
Another problem is the ink level indicators. To get the to work you need to ensure that you continue using Original cartridges as many of the compatibles on the market just will not work! You can overide the level indicators so that they just read "unknown" if you want, however when the readers show "low ink" you will not get any of your faxes printed off! Personally I ALWAYS keep a spare set of compat inks anyway, so it does not worry me too much.
Overall though it works well, the software means that in reality you should only need to actually press buttons on the unit if you are going to fax something out, as the rest can be done from the included "Solution Menu" software.
Oh and did I mention... you can also configure a "quiet mode" which is really beneficial if you are a night owl and your kids and partner are not!!