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2.0 out of 5 stars printer is fantastic, ink use is dreadful, ink cartdriges are puny, June 25, 2009
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When my old, faithful Epson printer died, I did research and upgraded to the Canon Pixma MX 860. I needed a color printer, and wanted something better for my job (I teach part time at a community college, and hand out a fair volume of paper work.) The prints from this printer are fanastic, well beyond anything I've ever printed at home.
However, the printer consumes ink like oxygen. The puny cartridges that come with this printer are tiny and rather expensive. I ran out of black within 3 weeks-with very conservative printer use during those 3 weeks! I had difficulty finding the correct replacements-due to bad serial # marketing from Canon. Turns out Amazon has clones as well as the brand name, but I had to go to Canon's website to find out that the same cartdrige size is used for the Pixma mx 980, mx 860, mp 620, and several other models. Amazon carries the clones, which are not a lot cheaper. Frys and Costco also carry the genuine brand.
I love the printer, but have purchashed a Brother HL-2140 monocolor laser printer to make test copies, black and white prints, and general documentation of bill-pay, etc. The quality of these prints is not anywhere near as nice, but the cost per copy is fantastic.
I keep the Canon printer, and ink-use, for more important print outs, or color. I would rate the ink cartridges higher if they made more copies, the copies they do make are great.
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Initial post: May 14, 2010 6:13:29 AM PDT
Nina M. says:
The printer isn't made to be a high-volume printer. You can buy a laser printer for less than $100 that will print thousands of pages with the toner that comes with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2010 5:30:11 AM PDT
K. Russell says:
What laser printer do you recommend??

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 8:55:06 AM PDT
Understand that the printer uses alot of ink, but you rated the ink low ... read your reviews on the printer next time ...

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 11:56:47 AM PST
I use these black ink cartridges with my Canon MP-560. These cartridges are not "puny" in my opnion and are much larger than the slimmer black cartridge from the others. Do have the two black cartridges mixed up? I use my printer nearly daily and one lasts for weeks. How are you using yours? If you print wide bands of black areas, not just test or for pictures, they will not last a normal amount of time. Also, do not set the printing for "high quality".
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