Canon Pixma MX390 

This is a small inkjet all in one unit. That means not only can it print, but it can also scan, copy and for those who still need it fax. It also has the ability to print from memory stick and even to scan to memory stick if the PC is not available.

Canon PIXMA MX395 All In One Colour Printer
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The Canon Pixma MX390 measures 42x32x20cm, add 18cm to the second figure the depth when the paper tray is open, you will need to add a few centimetres to the last figure the height to use the flatbed.

The external connections power, USB fax lead etc are all back left of the unit.

There are 26 buttons and a two line display all on the sloping front lid of the flatbed scanner, the page feed is behind this but when not in use the input tray folds flat so does not add to the overall height of the unit.

The flip out paper tray can hold maybe 50 sheets, the manual flip down paper output tray becomes clogged after a few sheets.

The software installation took seven minutes and used 270MB of hard disc space.

Printing in fast mode still gives a clear crisp print and my 200 word nonsensical document came through at 11PPM, while the more normal 1500 word offering was only slightly slower at 10PPM.

A lot of units when used in draft mode tend to grab at the paper and this sometimes causes jams, not with this unit.

Often fast mode is a lot noisier and again this unit did not seem to suffer that problem.

However for those wanting to print/scan/copy a single page do be aware that from switch on to being able to use the unit there is a delay of around 20 seconds while various checks are performed and even then when printing even a single sheet there is a delay of around 15 seconds between pressing print and anything happening at the unit.

Copying a document can be either from the flatbed or the page feed there was no difference in the overall time. The page feed is more useful when copying several pages but the flatbed is the only way to capture pages from magazines or books without destroying the original.

I found around 12 seconds for a monochrome page and if copied in colour it took close to 30 seconds, book copies were good and in the case of monochrome difficult to tell from the original.

Scanning can be setup from either the desktop or from the unit, around 12 seconds produces a file on the PC.

As stated this unit has fax capability should you need it, the only local business I know that still uses it is my local pharmacy who can get urgent prescriptions faxed from local doctors surgeries for them to deliver to patients, certainly a good use of fax and one likely to get more use as the NHS do more consultations by phone.

I could not find the Canon Pixma MX390 and fear it may have been superseded by the MX395 which is available from the link below for £39.95 with free delivery.

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