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This review is from: Canon Pixma MX700 Printer, All-in-One (4-in-1), with 4.5cm Colour LCD Display and Ethernet Connectivity (Electronics)
Ten, perhaps fifteen years ago, a machine that did all that the MX700 does would have been the preserve of larger companies, it would have cost a fortune and taken up the same amount of space as a large fridge. How anyone can build something that does all that it does for just over £100 (delivered) and still make a profit on it is beyond me.
I bought it because I was setting up my home network and wanted a stand alone printer that all my PCs, wireless-connected laptops included, could use without having to have a particular PC powered up all the time. I also wanted a fax machine and a decent A4 scanner that could also be used as a photcopier. This list of requirements narrowed the field down quite a bit. From what I can remember (I've had this over a year now) it came down to one of these or an HP offering.
Set-up is dead easy - little more than plug-and-play. Irrespective of whether you've got it network connected or not, it will work as a stand alone photocopier (with dedicated one touch buttons for black and white or colour copying), fax machine and photo printer (using the built in card reader slots and the passable colour screen). Doing all of these things, it feels like a small photocopier would have done a few years ago. No PC savvyness required at all.
The only complication comes if you want to set it up as a network printer - then you have to lug it around to all the PCs (laptops included) and connect it directly by USB cable so that it's possible to install the network software that's bundled with the printer. A bit of a pain, but it's a once-only task and everything went without a hitch.
In use, it's very impressive. Print quality is good (though not capable of high quality printing on photo paper), speed is excellent compared to my old Epson 1290 and it is lovely and quiet. The depth of quality and thought that has gone into its design is fantastic. It feels very solid, it can be pushed right back against a wall because it front loads (and even if you want to use the rear feed, it's designed in such a way that it can still be left against the wall), the document feeder works well, etc etc. Changing cartridges is almost sci-fi - when you lift up the top half of the unit (all spring assisted), the cartridge trolley glides into view with an eery backlit red glow for each of the cartridges. Best of all, for the cartridge(s) that need changing, the lights flash on and off!
My main annoyance/gripe is with the snooping that the MX700 does to allow the auto fax detection to work. On a few occasions, it has picked up something in a telephone conversation that it has decided sounds like a fax machine and automatically switched to fax receive, leaving the person on the other end of the line listening a fax tone. This is well documented on various websites and I don't think there's a fix.
Definitely a godsend for a SOHO user on a budget though. I'd buy one again without hesitation.