Pros Good quality
Cons Prolonged setup time
Summary This multi purpose printer is fine EXCEPT if you have more than one telephone in your house. With a little attention to detail and proper connecting at setup, you can work with a telephone answering machine, but it must be connected directly to the Pixma. It will answer voice calls, and receive faxes. BUT, if you pick up any other wired phone at home or in the office, you can no longer receive the fax UNLESS, when you hear the fax tone, you lay the phone down, run to your machine, and press "hold" and the "start" button, before the other fax disconnects. (If you have a wireless network of if your phone company provides Distinctive Ring - mine does not, you can get around this). How stupid a design is this? With my previous machine, I could press a code on the telephone that I picked up on, and that would start my fax. The Remote RX on the Pixma works only with a wireless phone that is talking to your anwering machine. I have spoken to two service reps, and both have assured me that there is no way that you can answer the phone away from the machine and still receive the fax that is on the line
Pros Great AIO value for wireless/wired networking, 5 individual ink tanks, network and thumbdrive ADF duplex scan, full duplex print, mac/pc compatibility, color LCD, memory card print, pictbridge, fax hotkeys
Cons 220/221 ink price, MAC wireless network setup complicated, scanner resolution, poor bundled software, poor manual
Summary I bought MX860 from Costco for $160 to replace my 3-year old MP780, which was connected by USB to intel iMAC running OSX 10.5. MP780 intermittently wouldn't scan in MP navigator, and can only work with ImageCapture. MP780 doesn't have a print server.
MX860 has smaller ink tanks (220/221) than MP780 3e/6, and they're more expensive. Head/tank assembly took 15 min, another 30 for Vista setup over USB for wireless network which was flawless.
MAC wireless network printer setup requires turning off firewall, and works fine if you leave firewall off (not recommended). If you set firewall at "essential connections only," wireless networked MX860 won't work. You must add MP navigator and solution apps to your firewall enabled list. Then it worked fine on the admin account, but still won't work on users account which required additional permission settings and selections. After 2 hours it worked fine, but I would've expected better instruction manual for MAC.
MP Navigator is still very basic, but now scans fine over the network. The resolution is limited to 600dpi and color docs looked blurry. I wish Canon included better software and given away Photoshop Elements like it used to.
Pros Good as a copier, but not worth the money if just using this function. Big and bulky but don't know why since it's not that functional. Good looking and pricey but not versatile or smart.
Cons Once documents scanned the program to edit is not intuitive nor readily accessible. If anything you want printed is color you can't change to b&w. Can't fax in color so you have to print colored document, copy in b&w and fax it. My 5 yr HP's bette
Summary I'm obviously not a happy customer. My old HP was intuitive and easy to use for a basic personal multifunctional printer, scanner, fax machine. I love Canon cameras, but I will never buy a printer again. Even the customer service rep agrees that despite its quality output, it does not provide an easy editing program to perform basic edits before editing. I read a lot of reviews before buying this, and I think reviewers just perform very basic processes before reviewing the output quality. I don't do anything technically difficult, but I've had printers with programs that can perform more complex functions with ease, not frustration.
Pros Double sided scanning, copying, and printing.
Faxing B&W or color.
Ease of replacing low ink.
Easy to set up fax answer for unique ring pattern.
Efficient ADF fax feeding.
Ink lasts a long time in "draft" mode.
Cons Copying creates minimum 0.25 border on all sides.Can't load external address books.
Voracious appetite for ink in standard & high quality modes.
No way to print direct to DVDs, CDs, unlike a predecessor which could be modified to do this.
Summary Other pro:
Using direct USB connection with one computer, and wi-fi connections,
Fax capability is very basic. For instance:
No built-in fax cover sheet, or a means to insert one through software.
Fax can't accept duplex input.
Can't read rec'd faxes from computer.
If you choose to print faxes from memory, after each fax, all operations are frozen until you walk to the printer and indicate whether you want to delete it or not. EG., you can't print from any source while the question displays on the MX860 menu. No interface to answer the questions from your computer.
Despite this printer's flaws, as my first Multi-Function printer I'm pleased that it does many jobs well. But if I used it primarily for color photos, I'd look elsewhere for one that is more efficient with ink than this one. I looked, but when I bought this in April 2009, the candidates I found were being dissed for poor customer service. All-in-all, I expect to stay with this printer for awhile.
Pros Compact design. Duplex scanning. Duplex printing. Fax. Memory card reader.
Easy to set up. Only costs $150 !!!!
Cons Outside contractors make the software.
They do a poor job.
Summary Its a remarkable piece of hardware, and costs only $150.
Surely way below cost of making the printer.
This is my 2nd Canon. Though not the best when it comes to ink capacity, they seem to make the best AIO printers.
Most of my HP printers have come broken right out of the box, so I avoid them, not to mention I have to find a printer thats Mac, PC and LINUX compatible.
oftware is written in the states by a entirely different company,
Sigh... like most hardware, the software people screws up the overall quality of the product.
As others have mentioned there are small annoyances with the scanning and faxing due to poorly written software.
I recommend Canon keep their own software engineers.
This was the only printer that -
1 - duplex printing
2 - duplex scanning
3 - borderless printing
4 - network compatible wifi/ethernet
5 - mac and pc
6 - compact design
So it was a no brainer for me.