Second rung up the Canon ladder of home office all-in-ones, the PIXMA MX475 offers a surprisingly good specification, given a price of just over £60. With the same physical shape as the PIXMA MX535, this is quite a large printer, though its smooth lines and large radius corners help to disguise this.
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Decked out entirely in black, the lid to the flatbed scanner is fitted with a 30-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which has a fold-over cover to its paper feed tray. The sloping front edge to this cover also contains the printer’s control panel.
At this low budget, there’s no colour LCD display, but a 2 line by 16 character mono LCD is enough for menus, messages and a simple status display. To the left of this are four mode buttons, while to the right is a fax number pad and buttons to start and stop print jobs.
In the middle of the front panel is a fold-down cover, which becomes a 100-sheet paper feed tray, when opened. In its front edge is a swivelling extension with a flip-up paper stop, which works with an internal fold-down and pull-out tray to support printed pages, immediately above the feed tray.
There are no memory card slots or even a front panel USB socket on this machine, but you still have the option of USB or wireless connection. With the wireless option comes the ability to print remotely via Google Cloud Print, or directly via Wi-Fi Direct or AirPrint.
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The printer supports WPS setup, where a couple of button presses is enough to connect the printer to the router, though there’s no NFC support for quick connection of a smartphone or tablet to the machine.
Software provided with the Canon PIXMA MX475 includes the oddly named Image Garden, with its L-shaped control panel and OCR software so you can convert scanned pages to editable text. A web print utility makes it easier to print web pages, without losing text or graphics off the edges.
The whole of the front section of the printer folds down to give access to the two print cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour. These are a bit fiddly to slide into place, as they’re buried quite deep inside.