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Maybe not what you are looking for
on May 10, 2011
I am writing this review for those who, like me, needed a copier scanner but are not able to spend 5 months researching it. If you are an expert, please pass by; but if you are part of the general buying public, learn from my mistakes, if you can.
The machine promises nice features. It wasn't that easy to set up, but it could be done without too much trouble.
Why the complaints?
1. It is slow and cranky. It powers down between jobs. If you wish to print two photographs within ten seconds of each other, that is no problem. But if you copy a piece of paper and come back to make another copy 5 minutes later, be warned: it will take up 8 minutes to warm itself up again. Not such a good idea when someone is standing there waiting for his original.
2. The ink. Oh,the ink. So of course I had to buy a black cartridge and then a set of black, cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges. Since I have yet to print a color picture, I have never used any save the large black. But, within 2 months, the machine informed me that they were all low. At which point it stopped functioning. It will not scan, nor copy, nor do anything. So I spend 60 bucks replacing cartridges that have never been used. And now it says I need to replace them again. And it will not function without them, even though it has only been printing in black. The result is that I have paid Canon an extra $120 . I haven't found the machine particularly fun to use. Sad to say, the lady at the Fedex/Kinko's calls me by name: it is easier and cheaper than using my Canon Pixma. To put this in perspective, I have only printed a total of 60 (sixty) documents (all black , all orndinary pieces of paper) on my Canon in the last 9 months, and am already on my third cycle of ink, i.e. $180. Yes, that comes to $3 a page. I admire greed, but the Canon Pixma is beyond the dreams of avarice.
I don't enjoy giving negative reviews, but most buyers are taking a leap of faith when they buy, and I am suggesting that they leap in a different direction. It is the advice I wish someone had given me.
The above was my first review of a device, rather than of a book. I am grateful for all the responses and comments it has received, all of which were helpful. Thank you for taking the time.
I have long since adjusted the greyscale, although the colored inks do dry out and need replacing about every 4 months, even if unused. And I do intend to use them. Contrary to certain comments, everything was done as directed. Canon and Best Buy swear that the machine is not defective. I would not have reviewed a defective machine, as this does nobody any good. Costs of printing are still over two dollars (U.S.) a page.