Canon PIXMA MX925
The PIXMA MX925 product is another model in Canon’s family of All-in-One devices. One look at the overall size of the product should be enough to convince the casual observer that this model is more suited to an office environment rather than for use in the home. It is not that this unit is particular large but it does have a substantial and impressive presence. Decked out in a lacquered black coating, this product, with its combination of print, copy, scan and fax capability, has dimensions of 491 x 396 x 231 mm (W x D x H).
Connections at the rear of the box are available for Ethernet, USB, telephone line and power. There is also an option for wireless connectivity with support for WPS. This feature allows for a quick and straightforward procedure when adding this All-in-One device to a Wi-Fi set up.
Mounted on top of the unit is an ADF (Automatic Document Feed) module which can handle up to 35 pages when creating photocopies or sending multi-page documents via the fax facility. When sending monochrome faxes there is a choice of three resolutions as you select from Standard, Photo or Extra Fine while colour faxes are delivered at 200 x 200 pixel resolution. Monochrome faxes takes 3 seconds a page for transmission with colour faxes requiring one minute. Up to 250 pages can be stored in memory along with 100 coded locations. This fax facility can handle a group transmission to up to 99 locations.
Located on the front of the scanner lid is the unit’s control panel which has four function buttons allowing you to switch between Copy, Fax, Scan and Menu tasks. A 6 x 4.5 cm LCD screen provides feedback regarding settings and status issues. To the right of the screen is a 4 x 4 soft keypad with individual keys lighting up with appropriate options depending upon the current task in operation. There are also dedicated buttons for power, monochrome and colour printing plus a blue Wi-Fi light that flashes to indicate activity.
Just below the control panel is a compartment for accessing the unit’s ink cartridges when the need arises. Initially this compartment will be concealed by a drop-down flap which can be moved manually or it will automatically drop down when a print operation is detected. To access the ink cartridge compartment you will need to raise the scanner lid before you can insert or replace the black, cyan, magenta, yellow and pigment black cartridges.
Printed documents are ejected from the front of the unit. In order to ensure that printed documents are not scattered over the floor or workspace, you will need to extend the support arm of the previously mentioned flap. Paper input options are served by two print trays that slot in beneath the paper output opening. The top tray is used primarily for smaller sizes of photo paper such as 10 x 15 or 13 x 18 cm while the lower tray can accept sizes up to A4. To the left of the paper trays is a USB port for attaching a flash stick or camera when printing photos that will displayed on the LCD screen.
The usual collection of software comes supplied with this Canon product. You can take your pick from items that include MP Drivers, User Manual (this includes a link to a more advanced version on the Web), My Printer, My Image Garden, Quick Menu and Easy-WebPrint Ex. As I have reported previously the supplied version of this last item does not work with Internet Explorer 9 and 10. You will need to download a latter version from Canon’s website.
The print driver supplied with this model offers support for automatic Duplex along with a choice of Fast, Standard or Best print quality. Working with my usual 101-word monochrome document and 101-word colour document with a small full-colour image, I achieved the print speeds recorded in the table below.
Canon PIXMA MX925 All-in-One
Print results were reasonable throughout the various print jobs although for really important documents you will probably opt for Best mode which produces almost laser quality.
A ten-page 5550-word document was printed on five sheets of paper using the automatic Duplex setting in 145 seconds. Sticking with a ten-page document, but this time involving the ADF module and the flatbed scanner, a photocopy was produced in 122 seconds. A single page monochrome photocopy took 16 seconds while a colour version was printed in 18 seconds.
When printing photo images I made use of Canon’s My Image Garden software to select the images and make the necessary adjustments regarding the print size and paper quality. A 10 x 15 cm image was produced in 20 seconds, 13 x 18 cm image took 45 seconds and an A4 print required 94 seconds. In all cases the print was borderless with good image quality.
Overall this is an easy to use piece of kit that is capable of producing very good quality documents and images. There is support for AirPrint, Canon Cloud Link and direct printing from tablets and smartphones. I have seen this product listed at just over £125 while replacement cartridges cost £7.99 for the standard ink cartridges and £9.99 for the pigment black. Value packs should also be available. You will need to be running Windows XP (32-bit) or OS X 10.6.8 and later.
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