Canon Pixma MX870 review
Good speed and a huge array of features, but it’s the print quality that makes this such an attractive all-in-one
You’ll need plenty of space for Canon’s Pixma MX870, which isn’t surprising given the raft of features it packs in. It’s the successor to the equally massive MX860, and the additions are minimal but significant.
The vital new feature is Windows 7 support. When the OS first arrived many people found their scanners stopped working, and it took manufacturers - not just Canon - too long to make patched drivers available. The support is now there for older models, but it's reassuring that the MX870 has it out of the box.
The rest of the physical specification is unchanged, with a 2.5in colour display on the busy front panel; automatic two-sided printing and a 35-sheet automatic document feeder; the choice of 802.11g Wi-Fi, Ethernet or USB connections; full fax capability; and memory card slots for most formats except xD-Picture.
Under the hood is where small improvements have been made. The five-ink engine remains intact, with both pigmented and dye-based blacks to ensure high-quality text and detailed images, but it’s been tweaked a little to increase output speeds.
In our tests we saw mono document print speeds hit 8.8ppm, with colour at 6.8ppm, up from the MX860’s 8ppm and 6.8ppm. It’s a small improvement on an already reasonably fast device, but not enough to justify an upgrade. The quality is beautiful, with perfect, thick text and photo prints that would rival those of the photo-specialist iP4700.
Running costs are reasonable. If you shop around you can get all five of the cartridges for less than £10 inc VAT each, meaning an A4 print will set you back around 2.9p in mono and 8p in colour (excluding paper). It isn’t up there with HP’s OfficeJets in this regard, but that’s the price you pay for a multifunction device that produces such flawless images.
So, if you work in a small office that rarely prints anything more advanced than documents with the odd image, the MX870 is overkill. If you need a device that’s capable of rising to the occasion for top-quality photo output, however, this Canon is worth paying for.
|Resolution printer final||9600 x 2400dpi|
|Integrated TFT screen?||yes|
|Maximum paper size||A4|
|Cost per A4 mono page||2.9p|
|Cost per A4 colour page||8.0p|
|Ink type||Dye-based black & colour, pigment-based black|
Power and noise
|Peak noise level||44.0dB(A)|
|Dimensions||491 x 437 x 226mm (WDH)|
|Peak power consumption||22W|
|Idle power consumption||3W|
|Fax page memory||250|
|Mono print speed (measured)||9ppm|
|Colour print speed||7ppm|
|Input tray capacity||150 sheets|
|SD card reader||yes|
|Compact Flash reader||yes|
|Memory Stick reader||yes|
|USB flash drive support?||yes|
|Other memory media support||MD, MMC|
|Operating system Windows 7 supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows Vista supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows XP supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows 2000 supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows 98SE supported?||no|
|Other operating system support||Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher|
|Software supplied||Canon MP Navigator EX, Easy PhotoPrint EX|