Canon Pixma MX885
Photo printing; paper handling
Images on plain paper
Canon’s reputation in imaging is one of the best so we were very keen to see what it could do with a consumer priced all-in-one.
There was a lot to like.
Connectivity is via either Wi-Fi or USB. Both are easy to configure. The printer was automatically discovered by System Preferences, and Software Update looked after driver installation. That made both printing and scanning a snap.
Changing settings was easy. Canon’s approach here is to use a colour information screen and a set of 16 buttons that change function depending on what you’re doing. While this sounds complex, the labels on the button change dynamically so you always know what’s going on.
Print quality was excellent. We printed photos on both A4 and 4 x 6 stock and were very impressed. Colours were rich and vibrant, blacks were deep and the subtle graduations through shadows were easily seen.
Office documents also printed well, although colours on plain paper weren’t as vibrant as we’d have expected. Text was very clear and fine lines and borders rendered well. Despite the quibble we had with colours on plain paper, this is still a very good printer for the home or home office.
Paper handling is a strong suit with duplex printing supported. There are two paper feeds – a main tray that can hold about 100 sheets and a rear tray that holds about the same. The rear tray is used by default – that can be easily changed – so that you can load it with photo paper when needed. The document feeder for scanning holds up to 35 pages and worked perfectly in our testing.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice:
The Canon Pixma MX885 delivers excellent photo printing and very good document printing, and is definitely worth shortlisting if you’re in the market for a multifunction.