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Canon Pixma MX7600 All-in-One Printer

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PIXMA MX7600
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The Bottom Line

Like other Canon all-in-one printers, this all-in-one printer is a useful and hardworking tool. Print quality is exceptional and it's a real convenience to be able to use plain paper and still get good results. It's a big and heavy piece of machinery and it's certainly priced at the high-end of the all-in-one inkjet market, and I don't think the boost in print quality is enough to make it a much better choice than other Pixmas; but if you want the top-of-the-line quality and don't mind paying extra, you'll love the MX7600.
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Pros

  • Excellent print quality
  • Networkable via Ethernet
  • Convenient memory card functions

Cons

  • Large and heavy
  • Pricey

Description

  • All-in-one printer, scanner, fax, copier
  • Networkable via Ethernet
  • Up to 28 pages per minute (ppm) monochrome, 23 ppm color (depending on settings)
  • Six ink tanks and one for clear ink

Guide Review - Canon Pixma MX7600 All-in-One Printer

If people named their printers the way that some of us name their cars, the Canon Pixma MX7600 All-in-One Printer would be called "The Beast." At nearly 40 lbs, it was tough just to get it up the stairs and out of its carton.

But once it gets to work, it's quick to prove that its bulk is justified. This Pixma features a technology called PgR, which adds a large tank of clear ink to the printer's six black and color ink tanks. The clear ink goes on in a thin layer before the other inks and helps create clear, good-looking color graphics as well as crisp black text. Even better, the additional layer of ink helps prevent smudging of the inks, even if you print on plain paper. On the downside, it's one more ink cartridge to replace.

Prints come out fairly fast, with a 4x6 color photo printed in under a minute and an 8x10 color photo in not much over a minute. The quality was excellent; photos were sharp and colors vivid, and the ink was dry to the touch the moment the prints came out. Printing in full color on plain paper did leave the paper slightly limp but not sloppy or moist as can be the case when printing on anything but inkjet paper. Fax, scan, and copy functions all worked well.

The printer's LCD screen is rather small considering the size of the rest of the unit, and buttons are nicely spaced out (an added Memory Card button is handy when preparing to print photos from an SD card or other media). I've never been too impressed with the software Canon offers (Easy-PhotoPrint EX, MP Navigator EX, Newsoft Presto Page Manage) which all works adequately but seems simply a required add-on than a well-thought-out choice of graphics software.

Kudos to Canon for making the printer networkable, but demerits for not making it wireless. With wireless networking practically ubiquitous, it's time to start making that a standard function.

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