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Canon PIXMA MX420 All-In-One Review
Dec 22, 2011 (Updated Dec 29, 2011)
Review by jalask
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Footprint size is small
Wireless or USB option for connectivity
Many output/saving options via software
The Bottom Line: I would purchase this product again!
I went to Fry's not knowing exactly the model of the All-In-One I wanted but with some idea of what I didn't want. The Canon PIXMA MX420 was what I came home with. It was on sale for $119.00 and with taxes came out to $129.89.
Recommend this product?
No more copier, fax machine, separate printer and scanner and this bundle of joy has wireless as well as USB connectivity.
My box did not come with the said CD to setup and I downloaded the wrong software/drivers and the setup manual is terrible but luckily Canon Tech Support was available and able to get me up and started in about 10 minutes - wirelessly! After I had the right drivers installed and the software downloaded everything worked. Kudos to Canon tech support.
The main control panel is on the front of the machine and is easily accessible. There is a separate button for copy, scan, fax and for memory cards (the slim kind that are used in cameras - it takes a variety of cards!) making it easy to get the right function. The memory card insertion slot is in the lower right hand corner and covered up by a small door which keeps it clean and covered. I wanted a wireless compact machine with a somewhat small footprint and for all the functionality this machine brings I am satisfied. You will need a space of about 19" x 19" if you purchase this system. The paper holder is in the back of the machine and keeps the paper straight instead of letting it wilt over, a plus in my book. The paper output "tray" opens automatically in the front if closed and you receive/send output to the MX420. Keeping the tray closed keeps your printer clean and the footprint smaller so I am happy about this. The tray in the front bottom opens up and adds about 2" to the footprint making it about 19" x 21". A 30 sheet Automatic Document Feeder is located on the top of the MX420 and you place the documents face up if scanning/copying. I have scanned a lot of documents and the paper has not jammed up yet so I am really happy about this. The max scanning/copying size is 8.5" x 11". The power cord attaches on the left hand bottom side and is in an ergonomic position.
The Canon MP Navigator software that you download lets you control most functions (all except fax) from your PC. You are able to scan Black/White or Color and save to PDF/JPG/TIFF. I have printed a little, not too much and the quality is much better than that of another Canon InkJet printer I have. The MX420 takes XL ink cartridges so if you find yourself running low on ink often this is an alternative. The system takes one color and one black cartridge. You are able to fax in color or specify black/white. I knew I had to setup my fax #/name on the machine and although I didn't have instructions on how to do this I was able to figure it out easily. Whatever I need to do with documents/photos/copying/scanning/faxing/memory cards I will be able to do with the PIXMA MX420 quickly. I should mention that you are able to scan one page and if not finished, then manually change out to another page until you are finished scanning.
Update! I printed a couple of photos of my dog on Canon brand 4"x6" glossy paper, and you can see the actual hairs on him!
Amount Paid (US$): 129.89
Operating System: Windows
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