Canon Pixma MX885 review: Canon Pixma MX885

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Typical Price: $269.00
4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars 2 user reviews

The Good Highly functional device at a low price. Wi-Fi, Ethernet or USB. Full duplexing.

The Bad Slow printing. Control interface looks and feels cheap.

The Bottom Line Canon's small office multifunction is something of a bargain in the features stakes, although there are a few trade-offs in utility that make that possible.

8.9 Overall
CNET Editors' Choice May '11

Design

The Pixma MX885 is a home office printer with aesthetics to match. It's not the shiniest all-in-one printer, and even compared to slightly more slick-looking Canon models, such as the MG6150 , it's a bit on the plain side. Gone is the touchscreen display of those recent models, replaced by a 4x4 grid of buttons that light up to show specific functions. It's not as elegantly presented as the touchscreen option, but that presumably plays a part in the MX885's asking price.

Features

The impressive thing about the AU$269 MX885 is how many small office features Canon's offering up within it. It's a full multifunction, meaning those businesses that simply can't rid themselves of their fax addiction can be happy. The scan head is rated at 2400x4800dpi, it supports full automatic duplexing for scans, faxes and copies, and supports USB, Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi for connectivity to PC and Mac platforms.

Canon doesn't use the page per minute (ppm) rating that other manufacturers tend towards, instead expressing print speeds in image per minute (ipm) figures. We've generally found that your speeds in real-world usage will tend to be a little lower than the manufacturer's "best case" scenarios, but Canon's ipm figures tend to be a lot closer than the over-inflated ppm figures used elsewhere. In any case, the MX885 isn't rated as a speed demon at a stated 12.5ipm for black pages and 9.3ipm for colour. Photo printing speed is suggested at 20 seconds for a standard 10x15cm photo.

In consumable terms, the MX885 uses five ink tanks. There are two black tanks (dye and pigment) and cyan, magenta and yellow colour cartridges. Checking online, we found each of the cartridges online for around AU$23 each, meaning a full refill run will set you back around AU$115. Canon states expected yields in a rather unusual way, partly due to the multiple black tanks. The stated specifications for plain paper A4 printing (which mostly uses the 525BK for blacks) are as follows: PGI-525BK (approx 341), CLI-526C (approx 520), CLI-526M (approx 500), CLI-526Y (approx 515); CLI-526BK (approx 3005). For photo printing (where the 526BK takes most of the dark strain), page yields are stated as such: PGI-525BK (approx 3800), CLI-526C (approx 207), CLI-526M (approx 204), CLI-526Y (approx 202); CLI-526BK (approx 660). Predicting actual per page costing is thus very difficult, especially if you're using any type of colour, or if one of the black tanks is acting as a supplemental tank to the other.

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