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Canon PIXMA MX850
Canon's range of PIXMA multifunction printers are well made and have good feature sets, but most of them are aimed at digital photo enthusiasts, using six, coloured inks and a second black to provide high-quality photo prints and fast plain paper printing.
These printers are in the MP range, but there is a parallel MX range, too, with a slightly different emphasis. The MX four-colour printers, again with a second black, are aimed at the SOHO market, though they'll still make a good attempt at a photo.
This PIXMA MX850 is the top of this second range and offers pretty much everything you would expect from an inkjet all-in-one. It's a big printer, particularly in its depth; its footprint is nearly square on the desk. It's styled in silver and black, with a nicely integrated Auto-Document Feeder (ADF) on top. There's a 150-sheet paper tray at the back and a paper cassette of the same capacity slots in underneath. Both paper trays can take media from 15 x 10cm up to A4, providing flexible paper feed for plain and photo paper.
A well-designed, full-width control panel juts out from the front of the machine, offering a 62mm LCD display, a series of fast-dial buttons for the integrated fax facility and a full number pad, together with a four-way wheel of controls for menu navigation. Four, illuminated function buttons select Copy, Fax, Scan and Memory card modes and big buttons at the right-hand end initiate black and colour copies.
There are two, multi-format memory card slots behind a cover on the right-hand side of the front panel, with a PictBridge socket below these. The printer can also handle direct CD/DVD print; just flip down an internal cover and slide in the supplied disc carrier.