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Works very well for my modest needs,
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This review is from: Canon PIXMA MX870 Wireless Office All-in-One Printer (4206B002) (Office Product)In twenty years of computer use, I have never owned a printer, so finally purchasing one was an enormous step for me. After reading a lot of reviews of innumerable brands and models, I finally settled on this one.
I have an iMac, and as I do not need to bother with a network or any wireless issues, set-up was a snap because Snow Leopard already has the driver ready and waiting. I plugged in the power cord, connected the USB cable, and -poof!- There the printer was, ready to be used. What a relief, particularly after the horror stories I've heard about printer drivers doing terrible things to computer operating systems.
The unit itself seems no bigger or heavier than any other printer I've seen, short of the compact travel variety. Mine's on a sturdy small taboret. It's actually quite handsome, as printers go.
Setting up the print head and ink cartridges was a little nerve wracking for me as I've never handled such things before, but I followed the directions slowly and carefully, and all went well. The only thing I had a problem with was the protective orange covers on the ink cartridges; they're very tight, and getting them off was a struggle. It's very easy to drop the cartridge on the floor while you're fighting to take that piece off, so I'd recommend doing it over a soft surface in case the cartridge decides to take a flyer.
As far as needing to use Canon ink... well, big deal. So I'll use Canon ink. Why risk damage to the printer for the sake of saving a few bucks? I'm glad other reviewers mentioned the generic ink problem, so at least I knew what I was getting into. It DOES eat ink pretty fast, though; that's for certain. I have not had to replace a cartridge yet, so I cannot comment on any problems that may or may not come up.
I don't print anything special; just a few letters and other text documents on plain paper. They look fine to my eye. The very occasional print of a web page or other picture on plain paper turns out a wet document that you have to handle carefully for a minute or so while it dries.
The printing itself isn't the world's speediest, but it gets done in reasonable time. The unit does make quite a bit of noise once it's finished with a print job, which I assume is some kind of reset/cleaning function. It doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary.
Frankly, I was very nervous about buying this printer (or any printer), but after living with it for a month, it continues to function well and I'm glad I got it. No more dropping beaucoup bucks at Kinko's for things I can easily print at home!