Canon PIXMA MX926
Great photos; large paper trays
Limited cloud features
A great all-rounder, Canon’s PIXMA MX926 offers great photo prints and a fair spread of networking and small office features. A printer, copier, scanner and fax, this five-colour inkjet A4 multi-function device features a 35-page Automatic Document Feeder along with a 250-sheet paper tray and separate photo paper tray with disc printing. Computer-based faxing is Windows-only. There’s automatic double-sided printing and scanning, but no rear paper tray to cater for thicker stock.
You can print from memory sticks or PictBridge-compatible cameras, previewing photos on the 3in colour screen. Surprisingly there are no built-in memory card slots, but Canon offers an optional Bluetooth adaptor.
When it comes to connectivity you’ll find Ethernet and Wi-Fi but not Wi-Fi Direct for people without a home network. Canon provides an iOS app (printing/scanning), plus the printer supports AirPrint from iGadgets and Google Cloud Print. It’s also possible to print online document templates and print directly from Picasa or Canon’s Image Gateway.
Unfortunately you can’t email files straight to the printer, nor can it email scanned files directly to you (it can only attach them to a new email on your computer). It’s also possible to scan to a USB stick, but not to a network drive or cloud storage.
The MX926 produces great photos with Canon’s glossy paper, offering accurate colours and plenty of detail. Budding photographers should be satisfied with this Canon until they’re ready to step up to a dedicated photo printer.
If you only care about photo quality you should look to the Epson XP-700. But if you want a decent all-rounder, this is the one to watch.