Canon Pixma MP560 review – mediocre quality

Printers — on February 23, 2010 at 4:58 am | Comment Now

Thumbs Up:

Bright and large 2-inch LCD display for viewing photos; intuitive scroll wheel; auto-duplexer to print on both sides of the pages; and dual-paper trays.

Thumbs Down:

Other printer models from the competitors are offering better image quality in much less price. The print speed of the MP560 is mediocre.

The Whiz Kid Speaks:

Canon Pixma MP560 is a color Photo and Inkjet printer that has PictBridge support for direct printing specifications. The printer has a media card reader that supports Memory Stick Pro Duo, Multimedia CardPlus, SDHC Memory Card, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, SD Memory Card, Multimedia Card, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick and CompactFlash. The Pixma MP560 has flip-open type of 2-inch LCD display.

The maximum copying speed is up to 2.3 pages per minute for both mono and color. The maximum document enlargement is 400% and minimum document reduction is 25%. The copying features are Fit-to-Page, 4-on-1 and 2-on-1. Canon Pixma MP560 can copy up to maximum 99 pages at a time.

Canon Pixma MP560 prints on the Canon FINE (Full-lithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) inkjet technology. The minimum ink droplet size is 1pl and the ink type is Canon ChromaLife 100+. The maximum printing resolution is up to 600×600 dpi for mono and 9600×2400 dpi for color. Maximum printing speed is 6 pages per minute(PPM) for color and 9.2 pages per minute for mono. The printing speed is 1.5PPM for 4×6 inches photo.

The scanner’s scan element is CIS. Optical resolution of the scanner is 2400×4800 dpi and interpolated resolution is 19200×19200 dpi. Color depth of the scanner is 24 bit and internal color depth is 48 bit. The maximum original size is 8.5×11.7 inches (A4) and maximum copying size is 8.5×14 inches (Legal).

Supported operating systems are Apple Mac OS X, 10.3.9-10.5x and Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista. The software included inside the CD supplied are Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX, Canon MP Navigator EX, Drivers and Utilities, and Canon Easy-WebPrint.

The included consumables are 1×Cartridge (Pigmented black)-Canon PG-201 and 1×Ink tank(Yellow/cyan/magenta/black)-Canon CL-211. Canon is providing one year limited warranty on the Pixma MP560 with technical support and phone consulting.

Razzle Dazzle:

Canon Pixma MP560 has similar design and appearance to other Canon printers. It continues to have glossy black and matte silver finish. It is 6 inches tall, 18 inches wide and 14.5 inches deep and weighs around 17.8 lbs. The MP560 will consume large space in your office and you have to extend the 4.4-inch wide outbound paper tray to use the printer. We have not expected this design flair in new MP560, but Canon again proves to provide a style of professional finish and creative shape to the new Pixma model.

Inside Dope:

Canon Pixma MP560 belongs to the category of user-friendly devices that are capturing a lot of space in the market. The Pixma MP560 has a good look and features such as 2-inch bright LCD display and auto-document feeder. Canon is providing various features and its new Pixma MP560 costs around $150, which is expensive as compared to other printers in the market. However, it will get a tough competition from printers like Lexmark Impact S305 and Epson WorkForce 310. The Lexmark Impact S305 gives high quality print-outs of pictures and documents as compared to Canon Pixma MP560. Also, the Impact S305 costs $50 less.

Canon pixma mp560 review

The front-head of the Canon Pixma MP560 is the most innovative and stylish aspect of the printer’s body. The control panel on right side flips upside to open a bright 2-inch LCD display with a set of adjoining buttons to control the settings including start/stop functions, number of copies, switching, and more. There is also a Canon Easy Scroll Wheel to navigate onscreen menus and image albums. We had seen a jog dial for two-line LCD display on Epson WorkForce 310 that worked better.

You can open a small door beneath the display to access media card reader, which supports Memory Stick, microSD, MMC, SD and xD cards. There is a USB port located at the bottom of the printer, which is compatible to PictBridge Support for direct-to-print accessibility.

The paper handling mechanism of Canon Pixma MP560 is similar to previous Canon printers. The Pixma MP560 has 150-sheet front control, which you can slide out from underneath of printer’s body. There is another 150-sheet tray located on the back for papers of assorted size and small photos. We are impressed to see that Canon has also put auto-duplexer for double-sided printing, which helps us to save money on paper to protect the trees and our environment.

You can connect the Canon Pixma MP560 to the computer through USB 2.0 and via wireless printer server of your networking system. The Pixma MP560 does not have any socket for Ethernet cable and no Wi-Fi accessibility, which is disappointing. Professional users and business shoppers should look elsewhere for the networking features. We recommend you to check out the Lexmark Impact S305 which comes with Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking with USB connectivity in just $100.

The omission of networking by Canon in its Pixma MP560 is a turn off. However, if you have a wireless printer server-cum-router then you can simply install the Pixma MP560 through automotive software wizard from the CD that asks to select either IEEE 802.11 b/g connection or USB 2.0 cable. We simply entered the router information and the printer’s software took the care of rest settings. Our router and then computer configured the printer within two minutes.

The ink bay has internal print head and corresponding inks. A standard 8.5×11 inches scanner bay is located above the ink bay. Canon Pixma MP560 comes with five ink cartridges including pigment black for photos, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. As per the Canon website price – $15 for pigment black and $13 for color – you will pay 3 cents per color page and 4 cents per pigment black page. This costing is normal for the standard printers.

The copier of Canon Pixma MP560 has copying features such as two-sided copying, 4-on-1 and 2-on-1 photo collages, cropped copy, exact duplication, borderless copying, Fit-to-Page and enlargement of document up to 400%.

The scanning options of Canon Pixma MP560 include sending file straight to PC as PDF and email attachment or to open it in an application. You can save the scanned documents in PDF, JPEG, TIFF and bitmap files. The scanner also supports negatives and films. The document sizes up to 8.5×11 inches are supported. You can easily stretch the hinge cover for thicker books and documents for scanning.

We printed some pages through Canon Pixma MP560 and other printers of the same price range. The Pixma MP560 delivered mediocre print quality overall. The presentation printing speed was 2.93 pages per minute (PPM); the photo printing speed was 1.45PPM; the colors graphics printing speed was 2.2PPM; and text printing speed was 6.74PPM. The printing speed was better than HP OfficeJet J6480 and Kodak ESP5 printers. However, it was slower than Lexmark Impact S305 and Epson WorkForce 310.

Canon is providing auto-duplex and several other features in $150, which does not come in this price range. Canon Pixma MP560 will deliver tough competition to Lexmark and Epson printers.

Nitty Gritty:

Canon Pixma MP560 is a multifunction printer that comes with 2-inch flashy LCD screen, auto-duplexer and auto-document feeder. The Pixma MP560 has appealing look and features. However, you can find better performance and high printing quality in $50 less from Lexmark Impact S305.


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