The Good Excellent print quality, including text printing; autoduplexer; lots of features for photography hobbyists: media card reader, PictBridge and IrDA ports, and slide and negative scanning.
The Bad Not networkable; no automatic document feeder for large copy/scan jobs; poor LCD placement; no fax function.
The Bottom Line The Canon Pixma MP950 is a near ideal photo all-in-one for an amateur photo enthusiast. The inclusion of fax and networking capabilities would've made it a must-buy.
Canon Pixma MP950
The Canon Pixma MP950 is Canon's top-of-the-line photo all-in-one printer for avid photo hobbyists and home users. It shares many of the features found on the Pixma MP800R--print, copy, scan, and no fax--but they're all bumped up. For example, the MP950 can scan up to 12 35mm negatives at once, whereas the MP800R can scan only 6 at a time. The MP950 lacks networking, a major omission at this price point; the MP800R is network-ready--both wired and wireless. Both printers cost $400, so the trade-off is features vs. quality--the MP950 is capable of higher-quality prints and scans, whereas the MP800R can be easily shared among the PCs networked in your office. If you're looking for an office-oriented all-in-one printer that includes fax capability and networking, check out the HP OfficeJet 7410. Or, if you want to stick to a photo-oriented all-in-one but need office-centric features such as faxing and networking, check out HP's comparably priced Photosmart 3310.
The scanner lid is sturdy and lifts smoothly and, like the MP800R's, detaches entirely so that you can copy or scan thick books or documents. On the inside of the scanner lid is the detachable platen protector and behind it is a spot to store the slide or negative scanner guides. Because the MP950 can scan up to 12 frames of 35mm film or up to eight mounted slides, the guides are larger than those on the MP800R, which can scan 6 35mm frames or four slides. With the MP800R, you can store both guides behind the platen protector; on the MP950, you have to choose just one to store in that spot and stash the other somewhere else. The platen itself can accommodate up to A4-size originals, which means you can't copy or scan legal-size documents.
Like the MP800R, the MP950 has a PictBridge USB port for PC-free printing from a PictBridge-enabled camera, an IrDA port for wireless printing from compatible devices, and a media card reader that takes all media card types (some media cards require adapters). You can also plug a Bluetooth adapter into the USB port for printing wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices.
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