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Canon PIXMA MP270 - All-in-One Inkjet Printer review



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Canon PIXMA MP270 - All-in-One Inkjet Printer
  • Canon PIXMA MP270 - All-in-One Inkjet Printer
  • Canon PIXMA MP270 - All-in-One Inkjet Printer
  • Canon PIXMA MP270 - All-in-One Inkjet Printer
  • Canon PIXMA MP270 - All-in-One Inkjet Printer
  • Canon PIXMA MP270 - All-in-One Inkjet Printer
  • PIXMA MP270 Inkjet Multifunction Printer - ColorDesktop (Printer, Scanner, Copier - 8 ppm Mono - 5 ppm Color - 45 Second Photo - 4800 x 1200 dpi - 100 sheets Input Capacity - PictBridge, USB - PC, Mac)


Our Score:


What would you expect to pay for a basic all-in-one printer, with flatbed scanner, good quality black and colour copying and plain and photo print? Canon’s PIXMA MP270 is available at just less than £40 from several online retailers, which is less than any other all-in-one we’ve tested.

The neatly-styled black and very light grey box follows the lines of Canon’s other PIXMA MP machines. A slight curve to its vertical edges gives it a modern, functional look. The flatbed scanner uses a Contact Image Sensor (CIS) scanning head, which means it’s particularly slim and doesn’t add much to the overall height of the machine.

The control panel – set straight into the top surface of the printer, to the right of the scanner cover – is surprisingly well-endowed. There are buttons for copying and scanning, one to fit a copy to the page and others to select paper type. The main display is a single, seven-segment LED, which is used to set copy numbers, from 1 to 9, but indicates much more.

The display is also used to show a number of alphabetical characters, so you can select different menus without having to have an LCD panel. The characters used don’t tie in that well with their functions, though – 'U' for head alignment, 'A' to print the nozzle check pattern, for example.

Paper feeds from the a tray at the rear - where a support pulls up and locks into position - to the inside of the front cover, which automatically flips down if you start printing without opening the machine manually.

There’s a Pictbridge socket to the right of the output tray, which enables direct print from a camera, but there are no memory card slots and no USB print, because there’s no way to display and select files to print from a USB drive. If you plug one in, you get an enigmatic E9 error.

At the back is a solitary USB socket, as the PIXMA MP270 supports neither cabled nor wireless networking. Lift the scanner section and the twin head carriers slide into the middle of the carriage, so you can clip in the cartridges. There’s a black cartridge and a tri-colour one and both plug into place very simply.

Canon provides Windows and OSX drivers for this machine on the bundled CD, as well as standard Canon utilities for scanning, photo editing and printing Web pages.

Martin Daler

April 25, 2010, 12:38 pm

price as reviewd £39.99, latest price from TR Shopping £114.50

What is going on?


April 25, 2010, 1:32 pm

Stunning printer for the price.

At this price point though, is it even worth changing the ink? The ink will cost around £30!!

Geoff Richards

April 25, 2010, 5:03 pm

@Martin - apologies. Glitch in the feed from Amazon meant it was indexing the wrong model. Now fixed.

@Prem - a few years ago, that would've been the case. However, these days manufacturers have cottoned on to this tactic and often ship "starter" cartridges with the printers, which have less capacity than full, retail carts.

Think of printers a bit like a mobile phone contract or games console purchase i.e. the true cost of the hardware is masked by the subsidising of the upfront cost in favour of making it back from consumables.


April 25, 2010, 8:36 pm

Doesnt this Loss-leader method fall down a bit if everyone buys Tesco cartridges. I'm not sure if generic cartridges pay a royalty to the printer manufacturer that they fit, perhaps someone could tell me, but I would suggest printer manufs must make at least a nominal profit on the devices themselves.


May 3, 2010, 1:26 pm

re starter cartridges. HP are very smart here in a corporate, blood-sucking way.

The starter cartridges they supply have just about enough ink to print a couple of test pages, and have to be the first cartridges you use in the printer (for 'ink calibration purposes' - wtf?) and you can't use used ones from another printer.

I found this out when replacing a HP printer; I already had a supply of HP cartridges and it was cheaper to find a compatible printer than to start again on a new system. I wanted to finish off the barely used cartridges from my old broken HP printer in my new HP printer.

No chance... On the phone HP support told me this was to ensure I had the best ever, high quality, life affirming, amazing printing experience ever. I won't write down what my reply was to that, except to say that the call finished soon after and I wasn't invited to take part in a customer satisfaction survey.

Robert Bayer

May 6, 2013, 5:44 am

My printer is a Canon Pixus MP270. It has a built in scanner which we have used
a dozen times in the 2 years we have owned it. It had been working well until
recently we got a P2 error code which means the scanner unit needs to be
replaced. My wife talked to the Canon tech support but they said we would have
to send it into their company for repair to replace the scanner unit for about
$80. I could care less if the scanner ever worked again. I just want to use the
printer but as long as the scanner is out, there is the error code. After some
research, I found out off the Internet that if you reset the printer using this
procedure, that there would be a chance the printer would work: 1. Turn off printer.2. retaining button
Stop/Reset (red triangle in the circle) press button POWER - indicator it will
light up with green color.

3. let go button Stop/Reset, continuing to
hold POWER.

4. press button Stop/Reset 2 times, while
holding POWER button, after which you will let go all buttons.

5. when indicator is lit BY Solid GREEN -
press Stop/Reset 4 times! (this is the key)

6.turn off printer by POWER button, then
turn on.

7. You should be set. If it didn't work,
try it again, slowly. It WILL work.

I also hit the TOOL Button to put the paper
selection to "1".

The result of doing all this, after also
reinstalling the driver, pulling out the power cord for over a minute and
cleaning the scanner glass, is that I was able to get the error code off and
the green light to stay on steady with a reading of "A" but when I
tried to print a file, the computer said the printer was OFFLINE. I have
tried all of this dozens of times, reinstalling the drivers and what not .. but
the end is always there .. printer is offline. I think it is possible that when
the error code condition like this one occurs (REPLACE SCANNER UNIT), that the
LOGIC UNIT locks in and keeps the printer OFFLINE so it cannot do anything and
thus will force the owner to either buy a new printer or get it serviced.

anyone have any suggestion at all? Much appreciation if you can.

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