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5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away., December 1, 2009
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This review is from: Canon PIXMA MP560 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Photo Printer (3747B002) (Office Product)
I'm a picky consumer. I think we live in an age where products tend to not just fall short of expectations in terms of how they satisfy us, but all too often simply fail to operate as they advertise in basic functional ways. I buy things fully expecting them to have some sort of problem that inevitably disappoints me, typically just basic operational failure that should not happen. This is all to say I am glad to report this Cannon printer, once again proves Cannon still makes good products.

I set this printer up on our Wi-fi network as if it were made for it. I couldn't believe simply using the printers own menu options and its little 2 inch screen (never touching my computer) would be all I'd have to do to get it up and running and printing/scanning. Naturally, the printer takes a driver you have to install on any computer using it, but as far as getting it up and running, you don't have to touch your PC. And the menu options are not obscure DVD player firmware style options. They are simple, short and well thought out and illustrated steps to help people of varying experience levels set the printer up with absolutely no headache. There was not a single moment during the printer setup that I did not know what I was doing or where I felt lost or confused. It was, and it's so rare with computer products, a very pleasant process. Altogether it took about 30 minutes to set it up, including a somewhat lengthy print head alignment, which is optional but recommended if you plan to print photos. But, even there the printer did all the work and I just had to facilitate transferring the printed test sheet to the scanner. Job done.

The printer comes with a set of free glossy 4x10" photo sheets. For the first time in my life, I printed a photo on a home printer. I was expecting it to look nice, but this was of a quality I would have gotten printing at Walgreens or Target. It's just that clear and rich in how it prints. I don't plan to do much photo printing, but I may change my mind considering how well this printer does that. Document printing is also very nice, but I'd think that should be a given on just about any printer these days. Something to think about, and this may be common with photo printers, is that you have the 3 standard color ink cartridges, a photo (I believe) black cartridge, and a fifth larger black cartridge for everyday printing. So, ongoing expense includes 5 ink cartridges. If you do a lot of printing, I can see where that might get pricey.

The scanner works well. This is the only function of this printer that I think falls short of the rest of the printer, and that's really only because the rest of the printers functions blew me away whereas I find the scanner solidly adequate. My complaint is that it seems to scan bright, and by that I mean it tends to wash out the document you are scanning. It's not awful, but a bit too much brightness. A quick run through Photoshop would be more than enough to compensate, but I know not everyone has that sort of software. Otherwise, if you just want usable scans of good quality, this printer will make you happy. If you want perfect scans of the quality of a dedicated "fancy" scanner, I don't believe this one will satisfy you.

All in all, this printer is feature-packed and more than lives up to its promises. I'm pretty cheap, so even getting this on Black Friday for 79 bucks made me squirm, but I can say having it here and setup now, I couldn't be happier.

Thank you Cannon for being one of the few companies that still makes quality products.
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