"Excellent low-cost printer!"4.5 starson by S-Greene
Pros: Print quality is good
Scan function is great
WiFi feature is really great
Amazingly easy to set up
Cons: Print speed is rather slow
Summary: I am extremely pleased with this product. I am a freelance writer working from home, and I don't have to print large-scale jobs. This machine fits my needs perfectly. It is small and compact, fitting nicely into a small space and folding up when not in use so that nothing sticks out. (This is important not only because of space considerations, but also so that my cats don't decide to lie down on a feeder or output tray and possibly break it.)
The cartridges are easy to change, and not overly expensive compared with those of other printers. The print quality is good. The print speed is rather slow, so the machine would not be appropriate for someone who regularly prints large-scale jobs.
The copying function is similar in all respects to the printing function.
The scan function is great! It creates PDFs of single- or multiple-page documents and gives you the option of where to file them or just saves them in a date-specific desktop file of scans.
I have not had occasion to use the fax function. (The ease of scanning documents into PDFs and sending them via email pretty much makes faxing unnecessary.)
The one thing I would change is that print jobs arrive in the output tray in opposite-page order. This means that I have to remember to specify that I want the document printed back-to-front, or be faced with the tedium of reversing the pages after printing. For some reason I can't seem to make this the default setting.
There's a neat desktop icon that can be expanded to show separate icons for each function. Unfortunately, if the option of showing the single icon to avoid desktop clutter is used, that icon has a tendency to disappear, and I can't seem to get it back without rebooting. I'm not sure if that is a problem with the Canon machine or of Windows 7.
All in all, I highly recommend this machine as an economical and efficient buy for a small home office.
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