The Bottom Line
- Excellent print quality
- Includes copier, scanner, fax
- Multiple supported media and operating systems
- Slow across-the-network printing
- All-in-one color inkjet printer (includes fax, scanner, copier)
- Works across wired / wireless networks
- 150-sheet cassette, 35-sheet ADF
- 2.5" LCD
Guide Review - Canon Pixma MX860 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer
One issue with network printing is that printing speeds can be slow, particularly if you continue to use the computer while you're printing. A 10-page PDF, printed duplex across the wireless network, took nearly six minutes to complete, including some lengthy warm-up time. Smaller jobs print much faster. For example, three highly colorful graphics pages averaged about 30 seconds each, including warm-up time.
So was it worth the wait? Absolutely. Canon boasts of "laser-quality text," and the black fonts were certainly some of the crispest I've seen. With five ink tanks (the MX330, like other entry-level all-in-ones, uses only two), I expected colors to be excellent and nuanced, and wasn't disappointed. Subtle color gradations looked great even on cheap paper, which didn't get overwhelmed or limp from the ink. A 4x6 took a respectable 1:08 to print and the colors were absolutely remarkable--clear, bright, and finely nuanced.
If you have a home or small office and need a fax and copier, the Mx860 has what you need as well. It also does a great job on scanning--it uses "Dual Color Gamut Technology," whatever that is, to help improve scan quality. As with all Canon all-in-ones, this one seems to go through ink pretty fast, and is fairly large and heavy; they could take a page from Epson's book and make them a bit smaller, which would be appreciated by those of us whose "office" is not much bigger than your average broom closet. But otherwise, this is a best bet.