Summary

Our Score

8/10

User Score

Pros

  • Low purchase price
  • Good quality print
  • Shorter pauses in duplex print

Cons

  • Bulky case
  • Awkward USB drive print
  • Poor colour print cost

Review Price £130.00

Key Features: Scanner with duplex ADF; Wireless direct printing; Separate paper and photo trays; Direct CD/DVD print; 1000-page XXL black cartridge

Manufacturer: Canon

Introduction

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.

Canon PIXMA MX925

Canon PIXMA MX925 - Design and Features

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.

Canon PIXMA MX925 - Controls

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.

Canon PIXMA MX925 - Installation and Software

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.

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