SOHO all-in-ones which include Automatic Document Feeders (ADFs) usually start at around £100, but Canon has managed to offer its PIXMA MX435 at a price which shaves around £20 off this. It appears a well-appointed machine and about as black and shiny as a printer can get.
In fact, the high-gloss, piano-black sides and surround to the textured plastic Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) are more of a fingerprint cyclotron than a magnet. Canon should supply a can of Pledge and a lint-free cloth with the machine.
The ADF is neatly styled, with the feed tray folding over to complete its flat top when not in use. It can take up to 30 sheets, feeding through to an inclined output tray, which remains easy to access when the device is copying.
The control panel is set into the front face of the printer surround and includes a sharp 2 line by 16 character mono LCD display, with navigation buttons below. It’s bordered to the left by mode and power buttons and to the right by a numeric pad and job Start and Cancel buttons.
The front panel folds down to become a feed tray and inside there's a second fold-down tray, which handles output from the printer. Except, that it doesn't, quite. It's not long enough and pages slide off onto the desk or floor, unless you swing out and flip up an extra support from the front edge of the feed tray. This increases the depth of the printer's footprint by around 150mm, making it deeper, overall, than many colour lasers.
To the left of the paper trays is a single USB/PictBridge socket, which can be used for camera connection and for scanning directly to a PDF on a USB drive. At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet connection, but the printer can also handle wireless links and connects very easily via WPS to any router that supports it.
The whole of the front panel folds down to provide access to the twin ink cartridges, with the black and tricolour units slotting horizontally into their holders. Software includes the usual set of Canon utilities, including Easy-PhotoPrint EX and Easy-WebPrint EX.