Review Price £71.66
The Canon PIXMA MX340 is a member of Canon's small-business range of inkjet all-in-one printers. They have fewer facilities for the photo enthusiast and more for the small office, so you can expect to see fax and an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), but not a memory card reader.
And this is what you get. The sleek, large black and white box has a high-gloss top, which unfolds into a 30-sheet ADF, inset into the lid of its scanner. The front of the surround holds the control panel, which has a bitmapped, mono LCD display set in the middle. Although it is well used, with a good display font and icon-based status info, there's no backlight, which can make it difficult to read, unless you have direct overhead light.
To the left of the LCD display are three large mode buttons for copy, fax and scan. To the right is a number pad for dialling fax numbers and at the extreme right are two large buttons for black and colour copies. There are 20 speed dials with a fast search facility that comes up with likely names as you type. There's also a sophisticated system for rejecting junk faxes, based on the source of the fax call.
In the front panel is a small illuminated blue badge, which shows that the PIXMA MX340 has Wi-Fi, and a pull-down cover which opens automatically if you forget it when printing and sits at an angle to provide a raised output tray. A flap pulls open at the rear to provide an input tray, which can take up to 100 sheets.
At the back are sockets for USB, Ethernet and a fax line, but many people will choose to connect via wireless and setup is straightforward, as you can enter any passcode using the numeric pad.
This four-colour machine uses two ink cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour, and these clip in easily, once you've hinged up the scanner section onto its ‘bonnet-stand’. It has a well-damped release, so that when you close it, the top section doesn't bang down onto the print engine.
Drivers for Windows and OS X come as standard and Canon includes a good support bundle, including OCR software and document management. A copy of Canon's web page print utility is also included.
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