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**What is it?**
The Canon PIXMA MX455 is a home office all in one printer which specialises in printing photos.
I purchased the Canon PIXMA MX455 as I have a small home office and work from home half of the week, so I needed a small and fairly inexpensive home printer which had scan and fax capabilities, as well as the photo printing option for my (many) home photographs.
I use the PIXMA for probably 80% work purposes and 20% personal.
**Price and Availability**
I purchased my Canon PIXMA MX455 just under six months ago and paid £59.99 on offer at Staples, which I think was an excellent price. Since then it has come down slightly and can be found both on and offline at places like ebuyer, Argos, Amazon and Currys PC World for around £54.99. I do think it is a good price as Canon is an established brand and the PIXMA offers a lot of features.
The Canon PIXMA MX455 is a matte black plastic unit with lift-up scanner lid, green LEDs and touch sensitive buttons. It looks quite 'chunky' but it is an all in one and it's certainly sturdy. Size wise it takes up the same size as two reams of A4 paper side-by-side (it's easier to visualise it that way!)
Overall for the money I'd say it looks very professional and suits a home office very well.
**What's in the Box**
You get the Canon PIXMA MX455
Instructional Leaflet / Quick start guide
CD of user manual and supporting software
The Canon PIXMA MX455 has the following main features and here's my experiences with them.
Wi-Fi - you can print directly to the printer, no USB cables (though of course it has a USB port should you need it) and you can connect your smartphone to it and print directly to the printer. It's really very very easy to use and so refreshing to be able to print something from another room and just go into the office to collect the paper.
ADF - Automatic Multi-Page Copying means that you can set it to copy a document and you don't have to sit there feeding sheet after sheet into the scanner. You can set it to save the scanned images as a JPG for use on your computer or you can set it to photocopy a whole document. So very useful. You can even save straight to USB for fast copying - making this ideal for people like me who go between an office and a home office.
4800dpi - this means you can print very very high quality photo prints - either on regular paper or (for optimal results) photo paper. I've stopped sending my photos away to be printed, I simply use the Canon PIXMA MX455 and some cheap photo paper - cheaper and faster. The FINE cartridge technology provides superior printing (much better than a non photo printer, like a regular inkjet).
OCR - You can scan a document and extract the text, great for getting a hard copy of a printed document you don't have the original file for.
Fax - I don't use it often but to have the option is essential for me as often I need a signature on a document and my recipient doesn't have a scanner. So I fax them and they sign it and send it back. Brilliant, and it works very very well.
HD movie printing - I've not used this but my husband has, for printing stills from our wedding video and it worked very well. It's not a feature I'd base a purchase on personally but it's a great feature to have on a comparitively budget all in one.
'Regular' printing is fast, high quality with a print speed of 9.7 inches per minute in mono and 5.5 ipm in colour. A full colour copy takes around 21 seconds according to the Canon website and I agree it's very fast.
**Setup and Maintainance**
I found setting up the Canon PIXMA MX455 a 20 minute job including unboxing which is very quick I am sure you will agree, and I'm not massively technical. It's very 'plug and play' and even the supplemental software doesn't take long to install and get to grips with. It's very user friendly indeed.
In terms of replacing the paper - it's just a case of putting around an inch thickness of A4 (or whichever is your preferred size of paper) into the feed, no need to fan it out like with some printers who can struggle with static cling and drag three sheets though causing a paper jam.
It will hold 20 sheets of photo paper no problem, excellent for leaving a few photos to print, and I've never ever had it jam, smear or leak etc.
New inkjet cartridges are very easy to remove and install - just a click - and the printer does the rest.
The cost of a new set of inks (black and colour) for the Canon PIXMA MX455 is currently priced just over £30 on Amazon. This might sound a little expensive considering that the unit itself is priced at under £55, however I must note that these inks are incredibly long-lasting and I only buy cartridges once every six months, and this is based on printing under 150 pages of text a week and maybe three photos, and probably 5 or less faxes in that period.
If you are a heavier user then a laser printer might be more cost effective in the long run but obiously these have a high upfront fee, so for me the Canon PIXMA MX455 is quite economical for my uses. You can get compatibles, which I have not tried, but if these work effectively this could be a money saver.
Overall I have to hand it to Canon, after being a HP user for years and then deciding to move to a Canon based on the excellent reviews for this all in one on Amazon, I think I've made a permanent switch. For me it's not just the economics, as the printer is well priced and I think the peripherals are a reasonable cost for my usage, or the print quality, which is excellent, it's the fact that the Canon PIXMA MX455 is so incredibly easy to use. Whether you wish to copy, print, scan, fax or so on, the Canon PIXMA MX455 makes that job easy to perform, and when you are working, that's all you want really - an easy to use, effective and trustworthy unit which provides professional results. I believe that the Canon PIXMA MX455 does just that and for the money I'd peg it as the best 'budget' all in one on the market.
An easy five out of five for this versatile machine.