The fax options on the MX700 are very basic and may not suit the needs of some offices that require advanced fax capabilities. Though the control panel lacks dedicated one-touch dial buttons, you can program as many as 40 coded speed dials. If you need a visual reference, you can print out the speed dial list. Unfortunately, you can't save more than 40 entries, regardless of whether they're tied to speed-dial codes or not. Sending options are basically nonexistent. You can't send a group fax, nor can you schedule a fax to be sent out at a later time. Receiving options are likewise limited. The only option you have is to turn on memory receive, which stores incoming faxes in memory rather than printing them. (Memory receive is also triggered by low ink levels and lack of paper.) Unfortunately, the memory is not secured by a password. Other fax functions that we'd like to see include fax forwarding and junk fax blocking. The Lexmark X9350 offers many of these extra features.
The memory card reader accepts most common types of memory cards, though some will require an adapter (not included). You get two options for how to choose photos: you can either go through the contents of your card, changing the number of prints along the way, and starting a batch print when you're done, or you can print as you go, making changes to photos individually. View options include standard, full screen, enlarged (you'll need to use the directional keys to scoot around to see the entire image), and slide show. As far as editing goes, you can edit manually to some degree or turn on the Auto Image Fix (doing so grays out the manual options). The manual options include red-eye reduction, vivid photo, photo optimizer, noise reduction, face brightener, image optimizer, and color effects (sepia and illustration). These are manual options in that you can pick and choose which to use, but they operate in a binary on-off mode. More discrete options include tweaking the image's brightness and contrast.
Special photo print options include layout prints, sticker print, print all, and an index print. Unlike Canon's photo-oriented multifunction, the index print isn't scannable. Additionally, it doesn't list the file name, just the image number, so it's of limited use as a reference.
When compared to similarly priced, work-oriented inkjet all-in-ones, the Pixma MX700 came out on top in print and copy tests, but fell to the middle of the pack with scanning. It sped through the text printing tests with a score of 7.41 pages per minute (ppm). The MX700's closest competitor was its own sibling, the Canon Pixma MP530, with a score of 6.77ppm. The MX700 was also quick with 4x6 photo prints, scoring 1.05ppm. It scored a fast 3.95ppm with copying using the ADF; none of the other printers broke 2.0ppm with copying. When scanning a grayscale document, the MX700 scored 5.03ppm, far behind the Lexmark X9350's 7.99ppm, but still outscoring the rest of the field. It fell a little further behind with color scanning, scoring just 4.74ppm, behind both the Lexmark and the Dell 966.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
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In our task quality evaluations, the Canon Pixma MX700 excelled, keeping pace with the Pixma MP530. Its black text prints were sharp, dark, and consistent; close inspection showed some minor jagged edges, but overall, the text prints were excellent for an inkjet. The color graphics print was also impressive, with great color reproduction, smoothly saturated color blocks, and sharp detail in photo elements. The 4x6 photo also showed sharp details, but had a very faint yellowish cast. Skin tones need more warmth and we noticed a very faint graininess present. You can see it only when looking very closely, but it's there nonetheless.
Both color and grayscale scans were impressive. We saw lots of detail, good reproduction of patterns, and great color accuracy. Overall, the MX700's print quality makes it good for both general office printing, such as documents, and graphical work.
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Service and support
Canon offers a standard one-year warranty for the Pixma MX700. Toll-free phone support is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to midnight PT and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. E-mail support is available 24-7 via a Web-based form. Canon's standard online support options include downloadable drivers and software, manuals, and FAQs.