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Pixma MX435 Wireless Printer Review
The rather attractive glossy black plastic Canon MX 435 would sit nicely on most desks, but what about its quality, performance, and value for money? Here we examine the specification.
The advantages the Canon MX range has over the MP type printers is an automatic document feeder (ADF) which allows you to add up to 30 sheets of paper by opening the top of the lid. MX also means the machine includes a fax machine facility (Incoming faxes can be saved to USB memory in PDF format). Both of these features are useful to small business operations.
The Canon Pixma MX 435 is relatively easy to operate using the illuminated function buttons on the front/top fascia. No colour touch screen LED display is included here; instead a 2 line Mono LED indicator displays copy quality, quantity and zoom percentage. There are navigation buttons below this, and further to the right a numeric keypad.
The front panel hides the paper input tray (with a capacity of 100 sheets / maximum thickness 300gsm) and output paper tray (needs to be longer to prevent pages from falling on the floor). To the left are USB and PictBridge Ports. The USB port not only enables you to retrieve and print images from a portable drive, but you can also scan and save to a memory stick.
There are three methods of connecting the MX435 to an external device. Firstly via the traditional USB cable (not supplied), secondly via a network cable, and finally using a wireless connection. In addition the printer includes support for Canon CloudLink and Apple AirPrint which enables you to print from mobile devices.
With a print resolution of 4800 x 2400 dots per inch, the MX 435 pleasing text and graphic results. Print speeds do not match the printer manufacturer's claims and struggle to reach eight pages per minute for black text and 2ppm for colour pages. This printer does however feature quick start technology which reduced the time taken for the first page to start printing.
The platen flat-bed scanner has a resolution of 1200x2400dpi and produces only OK results. A single first copy can take around 30 seconds to complete. The scanner function does however come with some useful software, allowing you to scan and save in various formats and to a memory stick.
Software included on CD includes Easy WebPrint EX (making printing from the web easy), Auto Document Fix (optimisation of scanned documents), and MP navigation EX (PDF password protection).
The Canon Pixma MG4150 uses the recently released PG540 and CL541 Fine print cartridges featuring the ChromaLife ink system. They have a built-on print head but only contain a small amount of ink! The colour ink cartridge contains all three colours (cyan, magenta, and yellow) meaning regular replacement if you regularly print one particular colour. Fortunately they can be refilled, but you will struggle to get a decent capacity of ink meaning regular filling is required.
To summarise, we like some of the features of the Canon Pixma MX-435, but are disappointed by the only average performance of the print engine and scanner. We feel that a four and five ink cartridge print system would be better suited to business applications.
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