Canon Pixma MX7600

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The Canon Pixma MX7600 produces excellent images as expected by both brand and nature. If only Canon could match its technical expertise with better network support, usability and documentation.

Test Procedure
In testing an inkjet printer we are more concerned with print quality and ease of use than speed and cost effectiveness (which are the forte of laser printers), though we will check the maximum print speed in both single-sided and duplex mode.

To test the graphics, we print text line images, photos, and graphs with graduated colour and shade in order to assess the handling of dithering to produce accurate lines and well defined colour boundaries, contrast control and colour quality. Being a multifunction device (MFD), we also consider the usability of the machine in general for printing, copying and scanning. I/O options are also of great interest — particularly USB and memory card support.

Design and Features
The Pixma is a stylish looking machine encased in silver and grey. Controls are well set out and clearly labelled. A 1.8-inch colour LCD screen provides clear information about the state of the device and jobs being processed. The menu system is generally clear (although we couldn't work out how to turn off double-sided copying).

Aside from printing, this device acts as a scanner/copier and has fax support. Don't worry if the machine runs out of paper overnight, faxes will still be received into memory which is claimed to support up to 250 pages.

Duplex printing is available and the duplex ADF (automatic document feeder) allows copying of two-sided originals. These features alone make the compactness of the device remarkable. Interoperability is enhanced through "PictBridge" direct printing from cameras and phones as well as from card readers for CF, xD, SD and MemoryStick formats.

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The documentation proclaims that this machine has: "PgR [Pigment Reaction] Technology — Create long-lasting, smudge-resistant laser quality colour documents with Canon's pigment reaction ink technology". Hot off the press you will notice little positive evidence of this. Rather we felt that having a large extra tank of clear ink went someway in explaining the excessive fluid output on plain paper (even if high quality) resulting in crinkled and curled paper when paper coverage was very high.

Canon's high resolution paper did perform much better in terms of persistent moisture (and image quality of course). In fairness to Canon, once the ink had a chance to dry properly it was remarkably stable, resisting smudging even when water droplets were placed onto the page. PgR fails to give the same level of ink document protection enjoyed by laser printer output, but it is still a great improvement on traditional inkjet printers.

Canon provided some high resolution paper with the printer, but the software does not specifically provide an option for this media type — we ended up specifying matte photo-paper as it refused to go through the sheet feeder from the cassette. Ordinary paper can only be fed in through the tiny cassette and not via the rear sheet feeder! (The paper was only 106gsm.)

We planned to test the device as a network printer, but we had some difficulties with set-up. We did manage to get a network connection from a computer with no security installed (even Windows firewall was turned off), but we were unable to get a connection to the computer intended to be used for testing despite having all firewalls disabled during the install as required by the documentation.

A variety of software is supplied with the Pixma including image enhancement and optical character recognition. You can select which items are installed if you choose the custom installation.

Verdict
Greyscales and colour graduations were remarkably smooth in general with no horizontal or vertical lines apparent. Greys really were grey when relying on black ink, though CMY was (as with most printers) too warm — especially for mid-range shades. Line art and text were well handled. Complex colour borders were good and contrast control excellent.

As a copier the Pixma does a very good job. Colour, detail and contrasts were well handled. With quality paper and the quality set to high, you may find it difficult to tell apart the original from the copy.

The specification sheet for this machine claims print speeds of up to 28ppm (pages per minute) for monochrome text documents — this would be a good speed for a laser printer and for an inkjet printer it's unbelievable. Sure enough, we couldn't make it exceed 12.1ppm with monochrome text and set to "fast" mode. In normal mode it managed 7.4ppm and when duplexing the speed sunk down to only 3.1ppm.

While this product is part of Canon's "Office" range, we feel that this MFD is more for an office that mostly prints high quality documents with little expectation that you need to print many standard documents, plus some people may find that the 150-sheet cassette is too small.

The warranty lasts a full two years, but Canon will not cover courier costs when repairs are required. Although, the price, AU$549, is reasonable for a device of such manifold functions.

Specifications

General
Copier Type digital
Printing Technology Ink-jet - color - photo
Office Machine Features Print from memory card
Fax Type Plain paper
Display Diagonal Size 1.8"
Printer
Inkjet Technology Canon FINE (Full-lithography inkjet Nozzle Engineering)
Minimum Ink Droplet Size 2 pl
Ink Cartridge Configuration 6 individual ink tanks
Technology Ink-jet
Ink Type Canon LUCIA pigment ink
Connectivity Technology Wired
Direct Printing Specifications PictBridge
Type Multifunction printer
Memory
Supported Flash Memory CompactFlash, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, MicroSD, MultiMediaCard, RS-MMC, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, miniSD, xD-Picture Card
Miscellaneous
Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
Consumables Included 1 x ink tank - Canon PGI-9Clear
1 x ink tank (pigmented cyan) - Canon PGI-9C
1 x ink tank (pigmented magenta) - Canon PGI-9M
1 x ink tank (pigmented yellow) - Canon PGI-9Y
1 x ink tank (pigmented black) - Canon PGI-7BK
1 x ink tank (pigmented photo black) - Canon PGI-9PBK
Display
Display Diagonal Size 1.8"
Display Diagonal Size (metric) 4.6 cm
Power
Power Consumption Sleep 1.6 Watt
Power Consumption Standby 6.5 Watt
Power Consumption Operational 26 Watt
Copying
Max Copying Speed Up to 28 ppm (mono) / up to 23 ppm (color)
Max Copying Speed B/W 28 ppm
Max Copying Speed Color 23 ppm
Max Document Enlargement 400 %
Max Document Reduction 25 %
Automatic Duplexing Yes
Maximum Copies 99
Copying Features 2 on 1, 4 on 1, BorderFree, Preset Reduction/Enlargement Ratios, Sort, fit to page
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Printing
Max Printing Resolution Up to 600 x 600 dpi (mono) / up to 4800 x 1200 dpi (color)
Max Printing Speed Up to 28 ppm (mono) / up to 23 ppm (color)
Max Resolution B/W 600 x 600 dpi
Max Resolution Color 4800 x 1200 dpi
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm) 28 ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm) 23 ppm
Automatic Duplexing Yes
Ink Cartridge Configuration 6 individual ink tanks
Color 6-ink
Ink Type Canon LUCIA pigment ink
Minimum Ink Droplet Size 2 pl
Inkjet Technology Canon FINE (Full-lithography inkjet Nozzle Engineering)
Connections
Operating System Support MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows Vista, Apple Mac OS X 10.3.9 - 10.5.x
Software Included Drivers & utilities, Presto! PageManager, ScanSoft OmniPage SE, Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX, Canon MP Navigator EX
Document & Media Handling
Max Media Size Legal
Document & Media Handling Details ADF - 30 sheets - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Paper cassette - 150 sheets - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Speed Details Printing: up to 28 ppm - B/W fast
Printing: up to 23 ppm - color fast
Copying: up to 28 ppm - B/W
Copying: up to 23 ppm - color
Printing: 43 sec (4 in x 6 in) - photo
Max Original Size Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Original Type sheets
Document Feeder ADF
Document Feeder Capacity 35 sheets
Media Type Class envelopes, other, plain paper
Media Size Class Legal
Supported Media Type cards, envelopes, labels, plain paper
Supported Media Sizes 4 in x 6 in, 5 in x 7 in, 8 in x 10 in, Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
Standard Media Capacity 150 sheets
Header
Brand Canon
Product Line Canon PIXMA
Model MX7600
Packaged Quantity 1
Interface Required
Type LAN, USB 2.0, USB host
Total Qty 1
Office Machine
Type fax / copier / printer / scanner
Functions copier, fax, printer, scanner
Fax Type plain paper
Printing Technology ink-jet
Printing Output Type color
Office Machine Features print from memory card
Dimensions & Weight
Width 19.7 in
Depth 21 in
Height 10.1 in
Weight 36.6 lbs
Scanning
Optical Resolution 4800 x 9600 dpi
Interpolated Resolution 19200 x 19200 dpi
Color Depth 24 bit
Color Depth (Internal) 48-bit
Scan Element CIS
Fax Machine
Compatibility Super G3
Max Transmission Speed 33.6 Kbps
Data Compression System JPEG, MH, MMR, MR
Total Memory Capacity 250 pages
PC Faxing Yes
Fax Machine Features
Error Correction Mode (ECM) Yes
Speed Dialing 100 station(s)
Features answering machine interface, automatic redialing, group dialing, one-touch speed dialing, remote reception
Consumables Included
Type ink tank
Product Name Canon PGI-7BK, Canon PGI-9C, Canon PGI-9Clear, Canon PGI-9M, Canon PGI-9PBK, Canon PGI-9Y
Color pigmented black, pigmented cyan, pigmented magenta, pigmented photo black, pigmented yellow
Included Qty 1
Printing System
Inkjet Technology Canon FINE (Full-lithography inkjet Nozzle Engineering)
Color 6-ink
Minimum Ink Droplet Size 2 pl
Ink Cartridge Configuration 6 individual ink tanks
Ink Type Canon LUCIA pigment ink
Document & Media Handling Details
Type ADF, paper cassette
Media Feeder Capacity 150 sheets, 30 sheets
Max Media Size Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Software
Operating System Support Apple Mac OS X 10.3.9 - 10.5.x, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP
Software Included Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX, Canon MP Navigator EX, Presto! PageManager, ScanSoft OmniPage SE, drivers & utilities
Speed Details
Function copying, printing
Max Speed 23 ppm, 28 ppm
Max Speed (sec) 43 sec
Size 4 in x 6 in
Mode B/W, B/W fast, color, color fast, photo
PC Connectivity
Connection Availability Yes
Interface LAN, USB 2.0, USB host
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty, technical support
Service Included phone consulting
Full Contract Period 1 year
Power Adapter
Power Consumption Operational 26 Watt
Power Consumption Standby 6.5 Watt
Power Consumption Sleep 1.6 Watt
CNET Labs' Benchmarks
CNET Labs Text Speed Test (pages per minute) 7.1
CNET Labs Presentation Speed Test (pages per minute) 5.02
CNET Labs Printer Graphics Speed Test (pages per minute) 4.29
CNET Labs Photo Speed Test (pages per minute) 1.24
CNET Labs Gray Scale Scanning Speed Test (pages per minute) 5.11

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