Canon Pixma MX870 – Good software suitePrinters — on January 19, 2011 at 12:05 am | 2 Comments
Canon Pixma MX870 has five ink cartridge system and I really like these layouts because they save money. Four tanks are reserved for colors and one is black for text printing. Canon says that color ink cartridge will cost $12.99 and the black inks are priced at $14.90. The company further says that black and white sheets will cost three cents and color documents will put you back by five cents. A four inch by six inch color photo will put you back by 29 cents. These prices are typical for printers these days.
Canon Pixma MX870 comes with a dedicated media card reader which we didn’t have on the MX330, its predecessor. It is located on the bottom of the device on the paper tray’s right. There are slots for SD, MemoryStick Duo and Compact Flash cards.
Once you put the memory card inside the system, you get two choices for printing the contents. You can either make a wide collection through the navigation pad for printing or you can view, edit and then print the photos that you want through the screen. For editing, you get red-eye reduction, noise reduction, color effects like black and white and sepia, image optimizer, etc. On the right, there is a PictBridge USB port for connecting a digital camera to the printer directly.
Canon Pixma MX870 copies, scans and prints through the USB 2.0 port but you can also connect it through Ethernet port or Wi-Fi. For the latter, you will need to connect the printer through USB first to create the wireless connection. The setup assistant made things very easy and this device can be connected to both PC and Mac.
Canon Pixma MX870 comes with driver disc with a very good software suite which will definitely appeal to a creative side. Through the settings, you can cycle within the quality templates which are commonly used like paper saving, business, standard, photo printing which automatically adjusts the orientation and paper size, output and paper quality. The driver further gives even more photo editing options for borderless, vivid photos, manual color adjustments, monochrome effects, etc. The LCD monitor will tell you the job status, printer status, document name, and it also gives you a rough idea about the amount of ink in the tanks. I liked the MP870’s monitor better than its predecessor since it also keeps a track of the print progress.
The driver will automatically install Canon’s Easy Photo Print EX application on the PC and it has tons of features that’d let you print sample photo snapshots on the fly. Apart from that, you can create whole album artworks, print custom stickers and calendars having custom pictures through Canon’s proprietary sticker paper. You will find an explorer window here which is pretty similar to the Windows Explorer pane. However, it is not as good as HP’s Solution Center which automatically detects and scans the printable photos on the hard disk for you.
The creative suite here is very user friendly and you can do simple photo editing like face sharpening, blemish removal and red-eye correction which is really cool for users who don’t get overwhelmed with higher end software like Adobe Photoshop.