Canon has two ranges of all-in-one printer, the PIXMA MG range for photo enthusiasts and the PIXMA MX range that's aimed at the home office. The PIXMA MX 925 is the top-of-the-range home office model, yet still costs well under £150 from online suppliers.
The PIXMA MX 925 is a big machine, with the same ‘shiny black box’ design that has become a Canon hallmark for the PIXMA range. The top has a fold-over paper support for the 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which is a duplex device, so you can scan and copy double-sided documents.
Set into the angled front edge of the scanner is the main control panel which, as well as having four mode buttons for Scan, Copy, Fax and Menu, has a 16-button dual-function pad that shows different legends depending on function.
So, for example, the buttons show four-way arrows when negotiating a menu and a number pad when sending a fax. We're not sure this is any easier than having clusters for the separate functions and there would be plenty of room in this large panel for both.
The whole of the front cover of the machine folds down to make an output tray, and an inner cover folds down to provide access for the disc caddy, which enables direct CD/DVD print. This caddy is neatly stored, clipped underneath the 20-sheet photo paper tray. This tray and the 250-sheet one for plain paper are separate and accessed a bit awkwardly via recesses in their front edges.
There are no memory card slots, which is understandable in a device aimed at the home office, and the front USB socket is awkward to get at. Should you want to print documents from a USB drive, you have to navigate to Advanced Printing options, too, which is less than intuitive.
USB and Ethernet connections are available at the back, as are sockets for phone line and handset. Wireless support is also provided, though, and is the most versatile choice. Software includes support for Wireless Direct, Google Cloud print and AirPrint access.
The five ink cartridges in the Canon PIXMA MX925 – both pigmented and dye-based black inks are provided – clip into the print head through a small cover under the main scanner section of the machine. There are three different black cartridges you can use, including an XXL one, which is claimed to print 1,000 ISO pages.